Tsika Island Camp: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
Main description of Tsika Island Camp
Tsika Island Camp: Facilities
|Room facilities||En-Suite, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower, Tea / Coffee|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Boating, Canoeing, Catch-and-release Fishing, Fishing, Game Viewing, Boat Cruises, Cultural Tours, Fly Fishing, River Cruises|
Room types at Tsika Island Camp
The camp features just 3 rustic chalets allowing a maximum of 7 guests. With no predators on the island, the buildings feature open ferro structures under village thatch to complement the island bush experience, with coco poles securing the windows. Each spacious room can comfortably accommodate either double or twin occupancy. Our third chalet, slightly larger, can also accommodate a third single bed for triple occupancy. All beds are set under full walk in mosquito nets. The en-suite bathrooms benefit from hot and cold running water. Clever design allows for stunning views over the river whilst remaining fully private. In keeping with the rustic nature of the accommodation and island experience, there is no noisy generator to interrupt the sounds of the river or the islands wild inhabitants. Solar panels provide lighting in the bedrooms and bathrooms with paraffin lamps providing additional, atmospheric lighting. Guests should note that as such there are no charging facilities so please ensure those camera batteries are fully charged before arrival!
Activities at Tsika Island Camp
Canoe the Zambezi
Tsika Island was purpose built to offer guests both an exclusive bush camp experience with the option of a canoe safari along the lower Zambezi to either Kasaka River Lodge or Chongwe River Camp.
Canoeing offers you a completely different perspective as you glide gently along the Zambezi and its beautiful channels, allowing you to fully appreciate the magical beauty of this incredible area and the creatures and plants that inhabit it.
Leaving the Island after a hearty breakfast, paddle and drift past the riverine scenery, taking time to game view on the way. Stop mid-way for an island picnic lunch before continuing down stream to your destination camp
For safety reasons we do place a minimum age of 15 years on this canoe safari (subject to guides recommendations) and guests will be required to paddle so a level of fitness is required. A boat will be on standby to transfer any younger members of the party to Chongwe or Kasaka as required.
Our canoes seat two guests and a guide in comfort, with ample room for cameras and binoculars to make the most of the sights you will see along the way!
It truly is a special experience for the nature lover using only the safest of routes where previous canoeing experience is not necessary, and lifejackets are provided. All you need to do is sit back, relax and watch Africa slip by!
Cultural Village Trip
Located close to the village of Mugurumeno on the nearby mainland, Tsika Island is a true community partnership project with the village which retains ownership of the island.
Chongwe Safaris, as well as leasing the island from the Village, give $50 per bed night back to the community. For this reason, we encourage Tsika guests to visit Chiawa Cultural Village as well as Mugurameno Village and School during their stay to learn more of the local Goba people.
At the Chiawa Cultural Village, visitors will embark on a guided tour where they will learn about the lives of the Goba people, their traditions, trades, tools, edifices and arts including dance, song and handiwork of local craftspeople.
The Lower Zambezi is home to the tiger fish, nicknamed the “water dog,” whose sharp teeth are matched only by its fighting spirit and reputation as one of the world’s top game fish.
At Tsika Island we offer our guests the chance to head out onto the river in search of this formidable combatant, operating a strict catch-and-release policy in order to preserve stocks of this incredible fish. You can fish with both fly and popper.
Alternatively guests can enjoy a more leisurely experience fishing from the bank of the island itself.
All equipment is provided, with both conventional tackle and entry level fly rods available. We recommend serious fly fisherman should bring their own tackle. Please contact us for specifications and recommendations.
Restaurants at Tsika Island Camp
You are joined on the island by your very own chef and team of general staff who will make sure you are well looked after. Delicious meals are freshly prepared and can be enjoyed either under the open view dining area or al fresco at a table set under a canopy of stars, close to a roaring fire Our team of highly trained, local Chefs are more than happy to cater for any special dietary requirements you may have. If your food preferences or requirements could be considered out of the ordinary (vegetarian, vegan, gluten, dairy free etc) then we do ask that you inform us in advance of your arrival.