Rating: Deluxe Price from: Â£420 pp, full board
Potato Bush Camp is a small, privately owned, luxury camp on the banks of the Zambezi River which opened in late 2012. It is a sister property to Sausage Tree Camp which is nearby. The camp is shaded by mahogany, sausage and acacia trees. Accommodating a maximum of just ten guests, it has an intimate atmosphere.
The four tents are built of canvas and rosewood and spaced well apart along the river. Three of these are doubles with spacious en-suite bathrooms with twin showers, hand basins and a bath. Folding doors open out onto a wooden deck with a large hammock. The fourth tent is designed for families and has two bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom, and a large central living and dining area plus a balcony. All four tents have private plunge pools, ideal for a cooling off after game viewing. The camp has an open plan living and dining area, linked to guest tents by raised walkways. This social area also includes a bar.
Potato Bush Camp provides day and night game drives in its own vehicles, as well as boat rides, guided walks, canoeing and fishing. Game is plentiful and includes a resident pride of lions, while elephants often saunter through the camp. The bird life here is abundant making Potato Bush Camp a good choice for bird watchers.
Open: Potato Bush Camp is open from 1 April to 5th Jan.
Location: The camp is in Lower Zambezi National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River. Trees provide ample shade from the heat of the day.
Rooms: There are 4 en-suite tented rooms including a family tent which has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large central living and dining room with a fully stocked fridge. Each of the other 3 tents has a double bed. All have a private deck with double hammock and plunge pool.
Activities: The camp offers day and night game drives, walking safaris, boat trips on the Zambezi River, canoeing and catch-and-release fishing.
Facilities: Wooden walkways link the tents with the central semi-open tent which houses the bar, dining and living areas. Meals can be taken outdoors if wished. The camp provides a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken communally.
Children: Children aged 4 and over are welcome. Children must be kept under supervision at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no mobile â€˜phone reception or internet access.
"As for Chongwe they were excellent and offered a very personal service. It only had 4 tents/lodges so there were only a few other guests to share experiences at meal times. It did however mean we had a guide to ourselves who could focus on our needs only."