OPEN 01 April CLOSED 30 November
All of our guides are fully trained, licensed and have many years of experience, ensuring that the highest quality of guiding and safety standards are achieved. Safety is our very first concern during all our activities. All of the boats and vehicles are fitted with VHF radios, for direct communications back to camp and carry a first-aid kit. All guides have first aid training and camp has direct communications back to our head office in Lusaka (the capital of Zambia).
Game drives are the most succesful way to see a good variety of wildlife, both large and small. Visiting more areas, and witnessing the diversity of the Lower Zambezi National Park you can appreciate the unspoiled wilderness of Zambia. A larger area can be covered in a shorter time frame, increasing the chance to find good game. The vehicles also allow those ‘up close and personal’ experiences - our team of professional guides will ensure that it is not too close!
Night drives are the perfect way to experience the nocturnal animals, including the elusive Leopard, Genet, Civet, Porcupine and Giant Eagle Owl. The big cats tend to be more active at night and you may find yourself following lions on the hunt. Other common sightings include Honey Badger, African Wild Cat and even the occassional sighting of the very rare Pangolin.
Your guide will also point out the constellations of the Southern night sky.
The Lower Zambezi is renowned for its spectacular canoeing. As one of the few privileged operators based inside the National Park, we are able to canoe guests down the most stunning section of the Zambezi River, the 14km long "Chifungulu Channel" starts just 100m downstream of the camp.
Led by one of our highly qualified canoe guides, explore the banks of the river, where game can be seen from a totally different perspective - looking UP rather than down! Canoe trips vary in length (from one to seven hours) however a one-hour canoe trip is a great prelude to an evening game drive.
No experience or particular strength is required - it is an effortless drift, as the flow of the Zambezi pushes the canoes downstream. Rather than a work out, this is a time to relax, listen to the sounds of the huge variety of bird-life and admire their sheer beauty.
Min. canoeing age is 15 years old.
Potato Bush Camp operates scenic boat trips using 6 metre aluminium river cruisers. Designed for river systems, they are the perfect boat for the Zambezi River as sandbanks make navigation on the water very difficult.
Scenic boat cruises are a very relaxing way to view the game that comes down to the river to drink and bathe, whilst also taking in the unique water wildlife. Until the Zambezi River is explored by boat, it is impossible to truly appreciate the huge hippopotami pods and crocodile populations. Lucky guests have experienced the truly memorable sight of elephant crossing the Zambezi, from Mana Pools National Park to the Lower Zambezi National Park. To view the most amazing sunsets in Africa, floating sundowners (Gin and Tonic are de rigueur!) in the middle of the Zambezi is a must! This can also provide a photographic opportunity for that perfect African sunset.
Walking is the perfect way to search for the smaller creatures, learn about the trees, the plants and examine the different tracks and signs. Walking safaris were pioneered in Zambia and remains one of the few areas where this can be truly appreciated and enjoyed.
Led by our professional walking guide and a National Parks Wildlife Officer, walking is carried out in small groups. Taking advantage of the cooler morning temperatures, you will take a game drive from camp to an open area where the walk begins. Beware - not only do you see the smaller things on foot, it is also not uncommon for us to see lion and even the big guys, the elephant!
Min. walking age is 15 years old.
05:30 - Wake-up coffees / teas.
06:00 - Breakfast.
06:30 - Morning activity: canoeing is excellent before it gets too hot, or an early game drive can catch sight of cats & other predators before they rest up, or a walk to take in the smaller and often missed intimacy of the African bush.
12:00 - Lunch.
13.00 - Siesta / relaxation.
15:30 - Afternoon Tea.
16:00 - Afternoon activity, a good time for fishing, Potato Bush offers some of the finest Tiger fishing in the world. Or head off by vehicle to enjoy sundowners then a night drive to see nocturnal species not seen in the day like honey badger, porcupine or the elusive Giant Eagle Owl or Pels Fishing Owl.
19:30 - Drinks around the camp fire.
20:00 - Dinner.