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. With increased market demand, pressure on STC and the need for extra beds, Potato Bush Camp was designed, built and finally opened by Jason in August 2012. Based in Lusaka with his family, Jason regularly visits both of his camps to ensure the highest standards and guest satisfaction are achieved.
Charles Tembo has been with Sausage Tree Camp since its inception in 1996. His years of experience working in different departments, ultimately as a guide, make him the ideal Camp Manager and Head guide at Potato Bush Camp.
His excellent knowledge of the Zambezi river saw him as one of the judges in the finale of the renowned BBC fishing series "The Big Fish".
Carol Hamaimbo joined Sausage Tree in 2014 and is now hostesses at both Sausage Tree and Potato Bush camps. 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.
Ali Vlahakis. Ali started working in 2007 as a trainee boatman obtaining his boating and fishing licence in 2008. This sparked the desire to continue on with qualifications in the field and he started as a trainee guide. He joined Potato Bush Camp in 2012 as a boatman & fishing guide, and was part of the construction team that built camp. When the opportunity came up to became a trainee guide Ali seized the chance and in 2016 he wrote and passed (with top marks) his canoe guide and game drive guide exams. He now is preparing to take his walking guide license in 2017. Ali loves fishing, and knows the river like the back of his hand having grown up in Chirundu, a village on the water. He also has a keen interest in vegetation, birds, and enjoys taking our younger guests out on our children activities programme.
Shayne Hodges joined the Sausage Tree guiding team in 2015. With over 11 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.
We cannot forget that during your stay at Potato Bush Camp you will also be looked after by a variety of passionate and hard-working staff including:
Your 'Muchinda' (butler) which translated is 'Attendant to the Chief'. Your Muchinda makes sure your stay is truly special by his attention to your every need while in camp.
Our Chef's make sure your taste buds receive a treat while in camp. You can rest assured that our African fusion cuisine will satisfy the most discerning of travellers. See more info
The team of back of house staff who do laundry, wash dishes, sweep paths, clean pools, maintain boats & vehicles etc. Their tireless hard work maintins the camp at its high standards.