The classic Sausage Tree Safari Camp is an idyllic destination for guests seeking an understated “Kruger under canvas” style camp. Located in the heart of a Big 5 region in the Olifants West Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree is a sanctuary for all things wild. The entire camp sprawls across terrain dotted with Marula, Acacia thorn and Sausage Trees; and has commanding views of the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains. There’s no mistaking it —Sausage Tree is a captivating place.
It’s quite possible to spot a wealth of plains game in camp. Various species are drawn to the sausage tree that drops its nectar-rich blooms for all to feast upon. Expect to see impala, duiker, bush pig, baboon, and more.
The camp is owner-run and managed by James and Sonja who, combined, speak over five languages. James’ expert guiding skills and bushveld knowledge is passed down to the many guests who frequent the camp, and he is backed by his two right-hand trackers Themba and Jimmy who have over 15 years’ experience. Local figurehead, Sonja, is a whizz with décor and anything food related. She ensures that chef Pitso delivers only the finest homecooked fare to hungry safari-goers.
Your accommodation is a choice of five expansive Meru-style tents resting comfortably on raised wooden platforms with views of the surrounding area. Tents have private decks, an outdoor shower, indoor bath, ample floor and storage space, and eco air conditioning. Rugged, lantern lit paths meander their way down from the main area towards the tented rooms, ensuring there’s always a sense of connection at Sausage Tree.
In the main area, there is an expansive viewing deck that takes pride of place at the camp. The carefully constructed, raised area houses the swimming pool, poolside deck, and small seating area with comfortable patio furniture. Adjacent to the pool is a wonderful outdoor dining area under thatch, where sumptuous breakfasts are served.
Overlooking the deck, is an open-plan bar service area —think pool bar in the bushveld! There’s also an indoor lounge and private spa treatment area for those wanting to indulge in relaxation. As an ode to Africa, the camp is decorated with African inspired décor, muted soft furnishings and crafted pieces from the local area.
There is approximately 3000 ha of traversing, with 4 kms stretching across prime riverfront terrain where you’ll discover local specials like the rare Pel’s fishing-owl. The guides at Sausage Tree Safari Camp ensure there are a multitude of opportunities to explore the unruly wilderness and undisturbed biodiversity of the area during their twice-daily game drives. From sundowners to coffee stops and private romantic set-ups, the team certainly know how to take advantage of the spoils of the bushveld.
In their own words, Sausage Tree Safari Camp is a place where you are encouraged to enjoy “living life”.
A recent TripAdvisor guest said, "We have just spent a really enjoyable three days at Sausage Tree Safari Camp. A small and well appointed camp with extremely friendly staff. Special mention to Polite the guide, Kaybee the tracker and Karib. Great food and accommodation. Nothing was too much trouble. Plenty of opportunities to see the big five. Congratulations to you all for making our stay so memorable." Pauline and Terry
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