Chikoko Tree Camp

Reviews of Chikoko Tree Camp

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Below are independent comments from 65 of our travellers who have visited Chikoko Tree Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs I from Cheadle
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

Again, excellent guiding and wonderful walking with a lovely camp to begin and end the day in,

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Mr M & Mrs D - Newmarket
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sleeping amongst the trees.........

........ with Elephants below.

From Tafika, a short drive to the river crossing (Crocodile Crossing point) then punted across the Luanga. A very pleasant few hours walking to Chikoko Camp in the company of our Guide (Alex), NP Scout (Alex 2), Justin the Tea-bearer and one other guest.

The camp is smaller and more intimate than Tafika but just as stylish and in another beautiful setting. The food and hospitality is also of the same high standard.

Walking on foot, you may not get the same frequency of large animal encounters. But the intensity of the encounters more than makes up for this. We came across Hyenas and Vultures on an Elephant carcass, and being at eye level to a Hyena certainly makes you feel alive. It was lovely to appreciate the scenery and also to learn about tracks and droppings.

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Mr F & Ms C from Tavistock
Arrived on: 8-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

A beautiful little camp with the same excellent standards as others in the "Remote Africa" family.

The memory of Chikoko Camp Staff bearing a decorated chocolate cake cooked in a hole in the ground and singing Happy Birthday as my husband blew out the candles will be treasured forever. Remote Africa Safaris know how to go the extra mile!

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Mr & Mrs G from Bristol
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

Chikoko Tree Camp is beautiful and in an amazing location. We had an absolutely fabulous time doing the Chikoko walking trail.

All the staff were incredible, the food fantastic and it was a real privilege to be guided by Isaac with his wealth of experience and slightly cheeky sense of humour.

We would thoroughly recommend a few days walking safari and couldn't imagine anywhere better to do it than here.

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Mr & Mrs D - Toronto
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A place to live in the moment & relax

Spending time at Chikoko camp certainly had a different feel to it than driving safari. It was Isaac Zulu who lead us to Chikoko on our first day. I remember how Isaac's great sense of humor set a positive tone to our venturing into the bush right from the start.

The remaining two days at Chikoko were spent with Brent Harris. We enjoyed his guiding style, very relaxed and easy going yet informative. On our last morning walk it was just Alexei & I so we mentioned to Brent we'd like to slow down the pace of walk and try to get closer to animals as long as it was safe. It was exactly what we did and we appreciate Brent's flexibility in helping us do so. Those few hours we spent walking in the bush without rushing, posing to see the wildlife is one of the best moments of the entire trip.

The two days we spent at Chikoko allowed us to forget about the rest of the world living in the moment. The set up of the camp contributed to it, of course. It feels even more relaxed and isolated than Tafika but you really have all the "creature comforts". With basic open fire kitchen, the food was always ready and the bread they bake is fantastic! The staff who looked after our needs are very efficient. I would certainly return back to Chikoko and I'd recommend this camp particularly for those who look for more of an active safari style.

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Mr B & Ms M from Nottingham
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Chikoko and Crocodile

Much more basic accomodation as expected, as these are bush camps - but I'd still describe the as luxury camping. We enjoyed both camps and the sence of isolation as there are no roads at all to the camps.

Again enjoyed the walking with Brent.

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Mr E from France
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

Everything was entirely to our liking: wonderful (also vegetarian) food, the chalets, wonderful sightings of lion, leopards, wildebeest, roan antelope, eland etc. etc. The walks with Stephe were much more improvised and took us where there were animals to be seen.

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Mr & Mrs S from Stockport
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

Chikoko is a walking camp, no drives were on offer. Part of the journey to camp involves crossing the Luangwa river in a canoe.

Walking in the bush is very different to jeep drives, you will see fewer animals because they are more wary of people on foot, but it is really exciting to walk amongst them. Seeing a lion watching you with nothing between except blades of grass really grabs your attention.

We judged the location to be "good" with the river completely dry, but it would have been "excellent" when there is water by the camp. The food was every bit as good as at Tafika - how they do this at such a remote location is amazing. We saw a cake baking in the oven - a hole in the ground - which when we ate it was light and delicious.

The rooms here are on two levels, with the bedroom above and facilities below. The stairs are a bit rustic in nature, and need care at night. We didn't find any problem with this however. The bedroom upstairs has only three walls, being completely open at the front. It is completely private, though, and overlooks the river (dry when we were there).

Same high standards of service as at the main camp, with not many compromises to its remote location. Enjoyed it immensely.

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Mr T and Ms N from Toronto, Canada
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ian and Michelle - Chikoko Tree Camp Review

Walking safaris are rather different from game drives. It is great being on the ground hiking along the game trails. I will admit that the heat can be fierce at times but we had been warned about that so can't complain. Our walking Guide Isaac was extremely knowledgeable about a great many things - tough to stump him with a question. He was also full of amusing stories.

The park ranger was very capable both at tracking & spotting game and also at protecting the animals by ensuring we did not put them into a bad situation.

The Tree Camp facilities were great. We liked the idea of a second story bedroom with NO WALL so we had a commanding view of the plain in front of the camp and could watch the Impala, Puku, Kudu, Elan, Warthogs, Elephants, Zebras, Monkeys, baboons, and all the birds.

One of the impressive aspects was the food. There was a small kitchen hidden behind a grass wall. We asked to see the chef after a midday meal and we were amazed to see what great food was being prepared from very rudimentary facilities, based upon open fires.

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Mrs W from Derbyshire
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

Guide and guard full of endless knowledge

Always had things to tell you of interest never tired and work with smiles on their faces

I learnt so much and nothing seemed too much trouble

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