Potato Bush: The Lowdown

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Potato Bush is one of the most intimate camps in the Lower Zambezi in a fantastic game viewing position.  A chic modern style makes it stand out from the other camps in the area.

What’s Potato Bush really like?

Potato Bush has three large luxury safari tents (and we do mean large!) all with ensuite bathrooms that have lovely roll topped baths and a small verandah with a plunge pool- definitely preferable to the hippo and croc infested waters of the Zambezi! There is also a family tent, which has two bedroom tents linked around a central sitting-dining area. The overall feel is open and airy, and the general décor of the camp is quite a clean style. This, combined with the fairly permanent structure of the tents is quite a contrast with the more rustic style of camp found elsewhere in Zambia. Raised wooden walkways lead back from here to the main part of the lodge, which looks out towards the river. There’s a campfire for your evening drinks, and meals are served communally so you can share the adventures of the day with your fellow guests. In all, we’d say that although the style of the camp here is quite different to other camps in Zambia, Potato Bush is one of the better value options in the park, and staying in such a small camp is a real treat.

What can I do at Potato Bush?

One of the things we’ve always loved about the Lower Zambezi is the sheer range of activities you can do here. Potato Bush does, of course, offer game drives, and as this is one of the better game viewing areas in the park they are often very rewarding. Night drives in particular are a great way to spot leopard, as well as testing out your skills at constellation-spotting. Out on the river there are canoe and motorboat safaris– the latter are an especially civilised way to take your sundowners! There are also fishing guides based at Potato Bush if you want to try your hand at catching a tigerfish (strictly catch and release only), though be warned, we’ve tried it and it’s definitely a challenge! Walking safaris are also on offer, but please be aware that for safety reasons the minimum age for both walking and canoeing is 15.

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