Potato Bush Camp proudly guarantees private guiding in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park. No matter which activities you choose, you can be sure to have them all to yourself.
Nestled on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, our location allows us to offer our guests a range of immersive safari adventures. Explore our wild National Park via a long game drive or a meandering canoe trip, test your mettle catching tiger fish or sit back in utter relaxation as you sit with your toes in the Zambezi eating a light lunch. Our guides have spent years designing the perfect safaris, and they cannot wait to invite you into our wild world.
There is no right way to experience the Lower Zambezi. We prefer instead to offer a variety of unforgettable experiences, and to invite our guests to design their own perfect safari adventure.
One of our more popular activities at Potato Bush Camp is fishing! Keen fisherman may want a little more information than we have provided above, and this is where our ‘Fishing at Sausage Tree Camp’ blog comes in handy (the information is the same across both camps):Fishing Blog
Besides our wide range of safari activities and other adventures, we are passionate about engaging our clients in local experiences that make a positive difference in our communities. Conservation Lower Zambezi is doing some incredible work in the area, and they would love for you to get involved.Get Involved
Meet some of the people of Simonga village, found just outside Livingstone, while on a locally guided tour, from which funds are directed back into community development here.
Visit this farm that is run jointly by the Tongabezi team and Mukuni community to promote food sustainability by supporting residents to grow their own gardens.
Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is a non-governmental organisation that is dedicated to conservation. Their four major programmes all align with the core focuses at the Green Safaris Conservation Foundation: Wildlife Protection, Environmental Education, Community Empowerment, and Reintroduction and Research. Guests at Potato Bush Camp are invited to experience the vital work that they are doing in one of the last remaining wildernesses in Africa.
Learn about how the Tongabezi team is championing healthy environments and small-scale farming in neighbouring communities by planting indigenous trees, including fruit-bearing species.
Potato Bush Camp is located in one of the most unforgettable wildlife destinations in the world, and our guests can experience it in total privacy with their very own guide, vehicle, boat, or walking safari experience.
Game drives are a brilliant way to experience a variety of wildlife, as you can cover more ground and relax in the comfort of our vehicles. This enables those unforgettable ‘up close and personal’ wildlife viewings, but be assured that our expert guides are there to ensure that ‘up close’ never becomes ‘too close’.
Forget New York, wild spaces in Africa are the true ‘cities that never sleep’. Life doesn’t stop in the Lower Zambezi when the sun sets, and some of the most exciting wildlife viewing is done after dark. After all, this is when nocturnal predators like leopards, civets, and big-eared genets come out to play.
Walking safaris are a wonderful way to learn about the smaller creatures in the Lower Zambezi National Park, and to slow down to the rhythm of the trees as you learn about flora and fauna and how to read the different tracks and signs of the bush. Walking safaris were originally pioneered in Zambia, and our professional walking guides have years of experience, so you are in the right place and with the right people to immerse yourself in one of Africa’s last remaining wildernesses.
The minimum walking age is 15.
The Lower Zambezi is made up of many winding channels and soft islands, making for a spectacular canoeing experience and some unbeatable wildlife viewing. Follow our highly qualified guide with the Zambezi current and spot wildlife from below rather than above for once. Canoeing trip lengths can vary depending on your preference, from one hour to seven hours (with a stop for lunch, of course!).
The minimum age for canoeing is 15.
Until the Zambezi River is explored by boat, it is impossible to truly appreciate the immense hippopotamus pods and crocodile populations. Many lucky guests have even witnessed elephant crossings, as the herds make their way from Mana Pools to the Lower Zambezi National Park. River cruises are also one of the most relaxed ways to experience a safari in Zambia, with floating sundowners making the perfect end to a busy day.
There are approximately 500 species of birds in the Lower Zambezi National Park, from waders on the shores of the Zambezi River to wattle eyes in the Miombo woodland. Whether you enjoy waking up to the booming call of the impressive ground hornbill or watching the flittering of tiny redbilled firefinches, Potato Bush Camp and the Lower Zambezi has something to offer the novice and experienced bird watcher alike.
The Zambezi River is host to some of the most spectacular freshwater sport fishing in the world, and Potato Bush Camp offers both spinning and fly fishing, both strictly “catch and release”. The most sporting and certainly the most fun fish to catch in the Zambezi is the famous tigerfish, a relative on the infamous piranha. Fishing is successful all year around, but September - December is definitely the best time.
*Please be aware: one fishing day is included and free, but thereafter a $40/day angling license needs to be purchased by the client in camp (cash or card).
Bush picnics are a favourite experience with our guests, and our team know the best spots to relax between wildlife sightings. Let us bring an incredible feast along on your game drive or canoe trip, whilst you focus on immersing yourself in the Lower Zambezi. For special occasions, we can even arrange a three-course dinner by moonlight on an island.
As far as destination dining goes… it doesn’t get more magical than having lunch with your feet in the mighty Zambezi River. Our sandbank lunch locations are handpicked by our team and change depending on the season and the height of the river.
A superb vantage point from which to witness Victoria Falls is from Livingstone Island. Tongabezi offers five trips a day to Livingstone Island. A twin-engine boat will take you on a thrilling journey through the fast-moving channels of the Zambezi River. Once on the island, you will be given a guided tour, learning about its history from ancient times when it served as a sacrificial site to the present day and its UNESCO World Heritage status. Tuck into some teatime treats, which are made and served to you on the island by the Tongabezi team.
Devil’s Pool is famous for attracting thrill-seekers from around the world, offering daring swimmers the chance of a life-changing adventure that is completely safe. It is just a short swim from Livingstone Island and one of our guides will be with you at all times. It features as part of the Livingstone Island tour. Devil's Pool is usually open between mid-August and mid-January when the Zambezi water levels are low enough for swimmers to take the plunge.
This is a breath-taking experience that opens up a different perspective of the Victoria Falls, Batoka Gorge and Zambezi River. Whether you choose the 15-minute or 30-minute flight, you can expect spectacular views from this completely open air aircraft that is able to fly fairly low over 'The Smoke That Thunders'.
The 'Flight of Angels' helicopter trip is the chance to see and appreciate the Zambian landscape in all its vast beauty. The helicopter has specially designed bubble-shaped windows that allow for panoramic viewing and great photographic opportunities from all seats. It is an incredible angle from which to view the Victoria Falls and the winding Zambezi River.
This one is for the daredevils! The incredible force of the Zambezi River crashing down Victoria Falls creates world-famous rapids in the gorge below. With names like ‘Mother’s Revenge’ and ‘Devil’s Toilet Bowl’, you will understand why we say these rapids are not for the faint-hearted. If you get a kick out of extreme water sports, then these raging rapids will get your adrenaline pumping.
Chobe National Park is home to Africa's greatest concentration of elephants and it is amazing to see these iconic animals drinking, swimming and playing in the river while out on a boat safari. It’s not just about elephants though, as hippo, buffalo, bushbuck and puku are regulars to the riverside as are various kingfisher species, saddle-billed stork and African darter. The park is on Botswana’s northern border with Zambia, which makes a day trip to see some amazing wildlife relatively easy.
The Royal Livingstone Express is an exceptional nostalgic experience which combines the luxury and charm of five-star rail travel with the wild beauty of the Zambian bush. The train is an all-inclusive leisurely journey starting just before sunset and taking you through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. You can do this activity with a happy heart knowing about their reforestation carbon-offset programme!
You are completely immersed in the bush during this walking safari in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, as your knowledgeable guide leads you to where the rhinos have been spotted that day. Once you have located the rhinos, you may be able to get quite close and it is difficult to not be humbled while in the presence of these tragically endangered animals. Along the way, your guide will talk about the surrounding ecosystem and animal spoor you come across.
For three days during the full moon when the Zambezi River is high, a Lunar Rainbow can be experienced over Victoria Falls. This is when the moon is bright enough to reflect in the spray from the waterfall and is a truly unforgettable sight. April to August tends to be the best time for Moonbows.