Jason Mott left Australia and his business degree in 1996 on a one year around-the-world trip. While surfing the coast of South Africa, Jason was asked to help build a new safari camp in Zambia - Sausage Tree Camp. During the course of building the camp, Jason fell in love with the beauty and game of the area. He stayed and became a qualified guide and then manager, finally achieving his dream of making Sausage Tree Camp his own in 2000 and then later building Potato Bush Camp in 2012.
Simon Bicknell General Manager
Simon first came to Zambia in 1984 after a 6 month overland trip from England. His love and passion for nature and the bush has kept him in Africa ever since. He has worked for over 18 years in the safari business, much of his time as a safari guide and camp manager in the South Luangwa National Park. He spent a year in Namibia conducting mobile safaris and has worked as a private guide visiting parks in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Botswana. Simon also worked as a guide in the Lower Zambezi where he first met Managing Director Jason at Sausage Tree Camp in the late 1990's.
Sausage Tree Camp runs its very own successful in-house guide training programme, through which the guides gain the experience and knowledge necessary for the Lower Zambezi's stringent guide examinations. We are involved in the annual Guide’s Exams, ensuring a consistently high level of guiding among new guides – making them the "best of the best" in the Lower Zambezi.
Ryan Wilmot has been a professional guide since 2004 and has worked in private reserves guiding in Southern Africa. He joined Sausage Tree Camp in 2013 and is looking to explore and continue adding to his knowledge of this unique wilderness area. Ryan’s love for the bush is one of his winning attributes and loves exploring the wilds of the Zambezi Valley on foot and with camera in hand. Soft spoken and patient, he will be your ultimate guide on safari.
Nevers Mulinganiza grew up in the neighbouring Chiawa village. He has always loved the wild from childhood, having grown up with wildlife surrounding his home. Nevers’ guiding career started on a training program for guides held at Conservation Lower Zambezi in 2007, later becoming a qualified guide in the Kafue national Park. His love for the Lower Zambezi, originally home, saw him returning at the beginning of the 2015 season to join the team at Sausage Tree. He is a lover of conservation and hopes that he can play a significant role in conserving our National Park, as well as helping young people to become professional guides.
Alex Chibutsa’s favourite animal is the aardvark, because of its’ characteristics and its’ contribution to the ecosystem. Maybe that speaks to his personal character as well? After four years guiding in the Lower Zambezi, Alex has hopes of being among the top guides in the valley. He loves to interact with people and is always eager to learn.
Henry Miti joined Sausage Tree in 2014 as a barman. His love for nature and interest of the bush has helped advance his career. He joined our trainee guide program beginning of the 2015 season and became a qualified guide at the beginning of 2016 having passed the Lower Zambezi's Guide exams with excellent results. His hope is to be a top, qualified guide in the years to come. He loves to learn, and equally, enjoys sharing his life experiences.
Collins Chigure Joined Sausage Tree camp at the beginning of the 2017 season and he brings with him 12 years of guiding experience in the Lower Zambezi. He knows the history of the people of the valley intricately as he was born and raised on the river in Chiawa village, where he loves being involved in conservation education, bridging the gap between people and the wild environment in which they live. He is a proud father, and has 4 children aged between 2 and 20 years.
His favorite part of guiding in the lower Zambezi is canoeing the wildlife rich channels, and exploring the beautiful landscape on foot, and driving, looking for lions and leopards and spending time with the elephants he encounters daily. He has a very keen interest in birding and tracking, reading the signs and teaching guests about the environment they see, hear, smell and feel.
Collins has a calm, down to earth nature, patience and a good sense of humour all attributes that make him a perfectly reliable guide for any occasion.
During your stay at Sausage Tree Camp you will be looked after by your own personal 'Muchinda' (butler) which means 'Attendant to the Chief'. Your Muchinda will go out of his way to ensure your stay is truly special and will be happy to share his experience of life in Zambia and the bush with you. If there is anything you need, then your Muchinda is your man!
Our team of Chef's bring a very divers set of skills and experience to the Sausage Tree kitchen. Coming from local villages, the top hotels and resaurants in Lusaka, to as far as a Paris trained French Congolese Chef (Honore Kabongo from the Congo). You can be rest assured that our African fusion cuisine will satisfy even the most discerning of connoisour's.
Last but not least, our team of back of house guys, most of whom have been with the camp for many, many years, really are the driving force behind this well-oiled ship. It is these "behind-the-scenes" guys who do the laundry, washing the dishes, sweeping the paths, cleaning the pools, maintaining the boats & vehicles etc... that keep her running as smooth and as seamlessly as she does. It is a team of champions that make Sausage Tree Camp a champion team!