NEW: Sausage Tree Safari Camp in the Olifants West Nature Reserve

Sun Destinations would like to extend a warm welcome to the latest addition to their coveted portfolio of Kruger lodges: Sausage Tree Safari Camp. Located in the Big 5 Olifants West Nature Reserve, this charming and classic tented camp is a wonderful addition to our family of camps and lodges.

Sprawling across 9000 hectares of terrain in the Greater Kruger is the Olifants West Nature Reserve—a sanctuary for a wealth of free-roaming wildlife. The perennial Olifants Rivers courses through landscapes dominated by woody savannah and typical Kruger vegetation, providing a diverse habitat for a wealth of wildlife to thrive. Within this private reserve sits the impressive Sausage Tree Safari Camp, a tented camp with an iconic “classic” under canvas atmosphere. With 3500 ha of traversing rights, 5 kms of which stretches along the southern bank of the river, Sausage Tree offers a world of wildlife wonder on its doorstep.

Meru Style Tents at Sausage Tree Safari Camp

Pool Bar at Sausage Tree Safari Camp

Accommodation and Facilities: Getting to Know Sausage Tree Safari Camp

The camp is owner-run and managed by James and Sonja who, combined, speak over five languages. Staying at a Kruger safari camp that’s run by the owners adds a personal touch, sense of experience, and heart to your overall safari. Sausage Tree Safari Camp is a soulful destination. 

Your accommodation is a choice of five expansive Meru-style tents built on raised wooden platforms with
views of the bushveld and the imposing Drakensberg Mountain Range. With its classic tented style rooms furnished with impeccable decor, Sausage Tree has certainly embodied that typical “out of Africa” atmosphere. Each tented suite has a private deck, outdoor shower, indoor bath, ample floor and storage space, and eco air conditioning. A perfect hideaway with hints of safari glamour!

From the tented rooms, there’s a network of rugged, lantern lit paths meandering their way towards the impressive main area. The elevated main area includes the swimming pool, poolside deck, and seating area with comfortable patio furniture. Adjacent to the pool is a scenic outdoor dining area under thatch, where sumptuous breakfasts are served. Overlooking the deck, is an open-plan bar service area overlooking the swimming pool, which gives off a unique pool bushveld vibe. There’s also an indoor lounge and private spa treatment area for those wanting to indulge in relaxation.

Top Facilities at Sausage Tree Safari Camp

  • Waterhole in front of camp teeming
  • Bushveld sky deck for romantic occasions
  • Spa treatment area
  • Swimming pool with decking, umbrellas and sun loungers
  • Two guided games per day with coffee (morning) and sundowner stops (evening)
  • Capacity to create special occasion safaris
  • Dinner is always served under the stars in the boma area
  • A modern bar stocked with craft gins and beers, and premium drinks

Sausage Tree Safari Camp Bathroom

Meru-style Tents at Sausage Tree

Sausage Tree Safari Camp Deck

Safari Activities at Sausage Tree Safari Camp

Game drives: Two game drives take place per day. The morning drive takes place at first light when the predators active. Morning drives include a coffee stop in an open area. Evening drives take place when the air is cooler, and predators awake from their daytime slumber. Evening drives move into the nocturnal hours, and include a sundowner stop with a drink of your choice.

Skydeck, bush breakfasts and spa treatments: These added value activities take place in addition to the standard daily game drives. The Skydeck is used for private, romantic occasions and overlooks the entire
bushveld. This is the perfect place for big birthdays, celebrations and romantic declarations. Indulging in spa treatments is a fantastic way to relax after a day traversing the bushveld. Bush breakfasts are an optional activity that’ll need to be arranged prior.

Boma experiences: The boma is the archetype of any safari experience and provides a fantastic place to connect with guests and experience the true spirit of Africa. A crackling campfire sits at the centre of any true boma safari experience and is usually surrounded by a circle of canvas safari chairs. It’s an authentic and not-to-be-missed part of a safari at Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

Local Wildlife “Residents” to Spot on Game Drives with Sausage Tree

Sausage Tree’s traverse is home to all the usual suspects such as the Big 5, cheetah, African wild dog, giraffe, zebra, warthog, kudu and impala. While navigating valleys, hills and plains on game drive, it’s possible to spot all of these species. With the addition of the riverfront traverse, it opens up abundant opportunity to spot waders, the rare Pel’s fishing-owl, Goliath herons, saddle-billed storks and a variety of hornbills. Because of the water, visitors can also spot basks of crocodile and pods of hippo soaking up the splendour of the bushveld.

This is a safari destination where guests come to “live life”! Stay at Sausage Tree Safari Camp by contacting the Sun Destinations reservations team. 

Sausage Tree Safari Camp Elephants on Game Drive