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Chikoko Trails Camps

South Luangwa National Park

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A tree house with an open plan view of Chikoko Trails Camp on the west bank of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia

Chikoko Trails Camps Overview

Crocodile River Camp & Chikoko Tree Camp

Crocodile operating season: 1 June – 31 Oct
Chikoko operating season: 25 May – 31 Oct
3 chalets at each camp (2 twin, 1 double)
Minimum age 12 years

“Experiencing the bush at nature’s pace”

Chikoko Trails incorporates two small and exclusive bush camps, Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp, from which unparalleled walking safaris are offered, strolling from camp to camp. Located on the west bank in the South Luangwa National Park, a few kilometres upstream from parent camp Tafika, Chikoko and Crocodile are only accessible on foot and offer a fantastic bush experience – being immersed in the idyll of remotest Africa. On foot, the minutiae of the bush come to the fore: the smells; the essence of the macro world and a sense of timelessness. On foot, biggest herbivores become gentle giants as giraffes and elephants tower over you and buffaloes are now on eye level. The Luangwa's predators now become the prey as you track lions prints from the night before. It is the realness of the experience, that dash of adrenaline associated with standing downwind of an elephant and catching its unmistakable scent that make walking safaris unforgettable.

The walks follow well-worn elephant and hippo trails, not to mention the original footsteps of David Livingstone, through the Luangwa Valley. Here guests tread through the African bush alongside the wildlife - accompanied by an experienced guide, an armed National Park scout and a tea bearer. It is an experience that is liberating and unforgettable.

Morning walks are four hours long, starting early to avoid the heat of the day and stopping frequently for the guide to share the secrets of the bush. Midway, the accompanying tea-bearer conjures up a welcome cup of fresh tea or coffee with a sweet treat. Afternoon walks are shorter and leave camp after tea at 15:30, returning to camp before dusk. Although the landscape is generally flat the paths can be uneven, so lightweight, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Natural coloured clothing is also necessary for blending into the bush.

Each intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of six guests in refreshingly simple, grass-walled chalets with en suite flush toilets and showers. Hot water is provided for evening showers and upon request.

All luggage and supplies are transported by porters, enabling guests to relax and enjoy their walking safari with just their water bottle, binos and camera in hand.

To make the most of the Remote Africa Safaris walking safari adventure it is suggested that guests spend two to three nights at each camp.

Chikoko Tree Camp

Chikoko Tree Camp is situated 8km upstream from Tafika. Here three chalets are raised above the ground ensuring that they sit, rather romantically, within the surrounding tree canopies. The ground floor is the bathroom area and stairs alongside the chalet lead up to the bedroom area on the raised platform.

The Chikoko Tree Camp's uniquely raised en-suite chalets enhance the views of the spectacular surrounding acacia grove, the array of wildlife that frequent it and the associated wildlife activity that unfolds throughout the day.

Crocodile River Camp

Crocodile River Camp offers three chalets that all rest beneath a grove of spectacular Muchenja (Ebony) trees. The camp overlooks a dried dambo and small waterhole and is perfectly situated to enable guests to observe the daily wildlife action as it unfolds.

The chalets are a delightful combination of natural building materials and imaginative architecture. The end result is a simple, comfortable and personal experience for guests.

Trails Highlights

  • Max 6 people per walk
  • No roads or vehicles
  • Area only accessible by foot
  • Cross the river via canoe to access the trails
  • Safari showers open to the stars
  • Everything is carried in by porters
  • In-camp / arm chair viewing (Best from Sep.)
  • Hotspot for eland, roan, kudu, elephant, giraffe, wild dog, lion, warthog, hippo, crocodile

Chikoko Highlights

  • Tree house with open plan view 
  • First walking camp site in the Luangwa chosen by Normal Carr
  • Near David Livingstone’s river crossing – Perekani
  • On the edge of Acacia park

Crocodile Highlights

  • On the edge of Big lagoon
  • Ebony forests
  • In-camp waterhole

Quick Facts

  • Solar communal charging area (220V)
  • Solar fans
  • No Wi-fi
  • Natural materials and local skills
  • True walking safaris, Natural fire making skills

Sunrise

Breakfast

Morning activity

Midday lunch

Early afternoon

Afternoon tea

Afternoon activity

Sundowners

Dinner

Bedtime

What to expect at Chikoko Trails Camps


Sunrise

Early morning hippo bellows and bird song and a friendly morning knock on the door welcome the new day.

Breakfast

Relaxed breakfast around the fire.

Morning activity

4 hour walking safaris at a leisurely pace with a stop for morning tea.

Midday lunch

Delicious buffet lunch with freshly grown greens from our garden.

Early afternoon

Siesta time. Relax in camp, review your flora and fauna lists or read in one of the hammocks.

Afternoon tea

Tea and coffee with tasty freshly baked cakes.

Afternoon activity

2.5 - 3hr evening walking safaris, returning before sunset.

Sundowners

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and delicious snacks around the camp fire.

Dinner

Three course meal by candle light.

Bedtime

Cotton sheets and expansive mosquito nets keep you comfortable while Luangwa lullabies of lion roars and hyena whoops carry you to sleep.

Chikoko Trails Camps Experiences

Remote Africa Safaris chef making bread over a wood fire at Crocodile Camp in Zambia

Bush Cuisine

Local skills produce delicious treats



Two Carmine bee-eaters take flight as a third remains sitting on the bank of the Luangwa River at the Tafika Camp's Carmine bee-eater hide

Specialist Birding

Over 400 species of birds



A group of Remote Africa Safaris guests look on as White Backed Vultures and African Wild Dogs gather near the Chikoko Trails in Zambia

Walking Safaris

Africa at natures pace



Remote Africa’s in-house Cessna 210 landing at Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip close to Tafika Camp and the Chikoko Trails camps in the South Park

RASair

Perfect for direct and scenic transfers



Remote Africa Safaris chef making bread over a wood fire at Crocodile Camp in Zambia

Bush Cuisine

Local skills produce delicious treats



Two Carmine bee-eaters take flight as a third remains sitting on the bank of the Luangwa River at the Tafika Camp's Carmine bee-eater hide

Specialist Birding

Over 400 species of birds



A group of Remote Africa Safaris guests look on as White Backed Vultures and African Wild Dogs gather near the Chikoko Trails in Zambia

Walking Safaris

Africa at natures pace



Remote Africa’s in-house Cessna 210 landing at Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip close to Tafika Camp and the Chikoko Trails camps in the South Park

RASair

Perfect for direct and scenic transfers



Tafika Camp

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Enjoying sundowners on the east bank of the Luangwa River at Tafika Camp in Zambia

Takwela Camp

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An arial view of Takwela Camp and Luangwa river in North Luangwa, Zambia

Mwaleshi Camp

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An arial view of the Mwaleshi Camp and the Mwaleshi river, North Luangwa National Park in Zambia

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