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Jason Mott

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.

Ruth Westrick

Ruth Westrick - General Manager
Ruth grew up in a mountain town in Switzerland. Bitten by the travel bug, she worked in the travel industry for many years and has visited more than 60 countries. After completing a Business Degree in 2015 she left her native Switzerland to make her dream of living in the African wilderness reality. She first managed a bush camp in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park and joined the Sausage Tree Team in 2018. Whenever she can, she is out with her camera to capture what appears in front of her lens. She loves to work in the wild away from the hustle and bustle of cities and shares her passion for this country with our guests. Zambia has become her home, not just because of its exceptional wildlife but also because of its warm hearted, friendly people.

Annekim Geerdes

Annekim Geerdes - F & B Manager
Annekim Geerdes Annekim grew up in France, the USA and Holland. She moved to South Africa in 2010 to complete her degree in Veterinary Medicine after which she worked as a wildlife vet in both South Africa and Zambia. Her passion for catering and hospitality and the exposure to the lifestyle of the safari industry persuaded her to a shift in career. After managing camps in Kruger National Park and Kafue National Park she joined our team in 2019 together with her partner James. She loves nature and animals, feels strongly about conservation and is driven to sharing the few remaining pristine areas such as the valley with our guests.

The Guides

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

Ryan Wilmot - Head of Guides and Activities
Ryan started his career as a teacher and soon realised that his preferred classroom was out in the wilderness. He eventually qualified with an Honours Degree in Conservation Biology. In 2004 he started working as a professional guide in the private game reserves in Southern Africa. He joined Sausage Tree Camp in 2013 and is leading the Guides and Activities departments with great passion. He is eager to continuously add to the guides knowledge of this unique wilderness area. Ryan’s love for the bush is contagious . He particularly enjoys exploring the wilds of the Zambezi Valley on foot and with a camera in his hand, and is always keen to get out for an adventurous canoe trip. Soft spoken and patient, he will be your ultimate guide on safari.

Nevers Mulinganiza

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

Alex Chibutsa
Alex'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

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

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.

Patrick Siabunkululu

Patrick Cryvet Siabunkululu
We are pleased to have Patrick join the team at the beginning of the 2018 season. From the nearby Kafue village, his 20+ years in the tourism industry started with canoeing in makoro canoes and later getting a scholarship with the Royal Danish Embassy to obtain his guiding certification in 2008.

Patrick is a keen birder, especially with the hard-to-identify Little Brown Jobs. He also enjoys stargazing and meeting our international guests.

The Team

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 chefs bring a very diverse set of skills and experience to the Sausage Tree kitchen. Coming from local villages as well as the top hotels and restaurants in Lusaka, you can be rest assured that our international cuisine will satisfy even the most discerning of connoisseurs.

Camp Staff

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!