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.
The camp is managed by Yuri de Villiers and his wife Ashley de Villiers who is the catering manageress. Yuri has been guiding and managing since 2009 in the safari industry and has a passion for living in the wilds of Africa. Ashley takes over the controls of our kitchens at Sausage Tree and Potato Bush camps. Her passion for food means her meals are prepared with love. She has worked in the ‘Med’ for two years but came to join Sausage Tree camp because, well, there is no place like home.
Carol Hamaimbo joined Sausage Tree in 2014, looking for something challenging yet fun. She is Zambian born and raised, and has fallen in love with the valley. Carol joined us after spending some time working in the Tourism Industry in Livingstone. Her love of life, and elephants, make her a favourite when she is regaling guests with her experiences.
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.
Yuri de Villiers is a lover of the big mammals, so for those folk looking for big game, they are sure to enjoy his maximum attention. Yuri’s favourite activity is spending time on foot appreciating the wildlife surrounding us. Yuri hails from South Africa, but having found his “other passion” in Zambia, he has settled here and calls Zambia home.
Richard Njobvu has been bought up in our neighboring villages and has a diverse knowledge about our river, hence his mad love for canoeing. Richard has also worked with a game management team, taking children on environmental walks, as such he has gained extensive knowledge of our flora and fauna. Richard qualified with top marks in this year's guiding exams and is working towards qualifying as a leader for canoeing and walking.
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.
Shayne Hodges joined the Sausage Tree guiding team earlier in 2015. With over 10 years experience in the safari industry in Southern Africa he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. With a passion of being close to nature he enjoys the freedom of walking in the bush and has a keen interest in birding. You will find that Shayne always has a story or two to share and his love of the African bush is nothing but infectious.
Hastings Muhongo trained with Conservation Lower Zambezi in 2007 and initially started his career with Sausage Tree Camp. He then went to Kafue National Park in Zambia to experience the wildlife there. His passion for the Lower Zambezi National Park brought him back to where his heart lies. He loves the big cats and enjoys walking and sharing his knowledge with guests.
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.
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 are inspired by our new Executive Chef Nathan Macke who joins us having worked in some of the top restaurants in South Africa and Dubai. Originally from Zimbabwe and having moved to Cape Town he opened his own restaurant in Knynsa which was the first restaurant to ever win the Knynsa Oyster Cooking competition. With a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with our team, some of his accolades include - Top 10 Restaurant Eat Out Dubai and Guiness World Records Largest Held Buffet Dubai. A Senior member with Emirates Culinary Guild and a member of the Chef’s Association, when not in the kitchen he enjoys surfing, fly-fishing and a good round of golf.
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, maintaing the boats & vehicles etc... that keep her running as smooth and as seeming less as she does. It is a team of champions that make Sausage Tree Camp a champion team!