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.
Mrs G from Thirsk
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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I won't forget Chikoko!

This camp is outstanding for the feeling of remoteness and for experiencing the African bush under the stars! There were some terrific night sounds including roaring lions very close to the camp which we were lucky enough to spot later on, lying in the sun, while we were eating breakfast round the campfire.

The guide was fantastic; he was very informative and went out of his way to guide us to see as much as possible. He interacted very well with us all and we felt very confident on the walking safaris.

All the staff were very friendly, attentive and professional. Nothing was too much trouble and the food and accommodation were exceptional. It was a truly amazing place to be and an experience I'll never forget.

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Mrs D - London
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

Another winner. Chikoko is in the most gorgeous location and the chalets (may not be the proper word) are beautifully placed and comfortable but not at the expense of their beauty and simplicity. After a little bit of a tricky start (one of our twin bedded rooms was available and we spent the first night in the guide's chalet - not with him of course!) it was perfect. Mix-ups happen and John Coppinger was most apologetic so this isn't worth any kind of fuss.

We were lucky with the other guests on the second night, who were amusing and lively company. I suppose with such an intimate set-up, we could have picked the short straw and found ourselves stuck in the Bush with people we couldn't stick, which could have been a bit of a downer (for them too as four women of a certain age isn't everyone's cup of tea) but that fate was avoided, particularly on the second night.

The staff are charming and most attentive and the food is fabulous. Bravo Patson. Alex Phiri is a charming and interesting host and most knowledgeable guide too and we loved being reunited with the irrepressible Brighton, owner of Africa's most engaging laugh for sure.

One small point is worth making. On our first day's walk there was a logistical challenge as two guests from Chikoko had to be swopped with two from Crocodile Camp, not a simple thing to sychronise in the Zambian Bush. However, the four and a half hour walk in blistering heat was too long for most of us. Two of our group is over 70 and I am the youngest at almost 60. I realise that as part of a larger group, it's not possible to hive off when the going gets too much but the walk was an endurance test for us, given the very high temperature.

Alex was able to show us some fascinating things, we would never have picked up elsewhere but we found the tests a bit of a challenge - or maybe it was just that the heat got to us.

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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roan antelope at last

This was our 4th visit as we like the layout and no-car style of this little camp. Walking to/from camp with Isaac & Batwell we saw 8 roan antelope, Cookson wildebeest, kudu and eland, plus a nice lion looking the other way until he heard us.

The roan we had missed on 3 previous visits - they are magnificent animals with fine ears and horns appearing like a star on their high head. Isaac patiently retaught us the flora and fauna, and his stories are a joy.

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Dr P from Aberdeenshire
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko tree camp

I loved this place! The rooms have a downstairs bathroom and the bed is upstairs along with a viewing platform which also means that the bedroom is fully open on one side, letting in air and light in abundance.

I gathered from reading the visitors book that one, there wasn't even roofs above the bed, which sounds like a great idea for stargazing at night.

The game viewing was excellent here, too, and the food retained the high quality experienced at Tafika.

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Mr W & Ms W from Netherlands
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

Just like before this was one of the best places we stayed in.

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Mr & Mrs I from Cheadle
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

Brilliant walking country - we loved being able to soak up the sounds and smells as well as the sights.

We had been impressed by the standard of cooking at Tafika but were bowled over by what the chef produced at Chikoko e.g bread and cake from the same wood fired oven...

We loved the open wall on the bedroom.

I felt that there was no need for the shower to have a higher wall to protect the ladies' modesty - who's looking??

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Mr & Mrs G - Sweden
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great walking in a very intriguing habitat.

Very good walk to Chikoko. Excellent guiding (Stephen). Two storey "huts" gave excellent view. Everything well kept, clean, plenty off hot water for the shower. Food very good.

Afternoon walk brought us to a heard of some 200 buffalos and an open grassland of pukus, impalas, warthogs, elephants, elands, kudus and baboons, not to mention all the birds.

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Mr and Mrs P from Volcano, USA
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

Our 2 nights at Chikoko were wonderful. Great camp location overlooking a game-filled area. There was always something to see while relaxing in camp! Our host and guide, Isaac, was a wealth of information and we enjoyed his sense of humor. The daily walking was leisurely, and we saw quite a bit of game, although the lions and eland eluded us!

The elevated room was very nice and comfortable.

The camp facilities were excellent for a walk-in camp.

Meals were excellent, and the bread that came out of the underground "oven" was fantastic!

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Mr & Mrs S from Chichester
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great sightings in a short visit

Like Crocodile, this is another good bush camp, feeling reasonably remote despite its accessabiility, and with attentive staff. We found the walking and the environment more varied than at Crocodile.

Of course, this might just reflect our fortunes - we found lion and roan while walking, had a very atmospheric encounter with a large buffalo herd and had some great bird sightings (particularly maribou stork and marshall eagle). The split level rooms are unusual but work well.

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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super bushcamp

We were on our own so had the full attention of Stephen Banda who is a top guide. Sightings from the camp were good all day and the walks were varied and lovely.

The area was full of animals this year. A zebra was killed just outside and the growing noise from Impala, Baboon, Puku and then Zebra was exciting, until finally the hyenas joined in. We tracked the kill down next morning and most had already gone.

Very nice to see the same staff year on year in the kitchen and looking after us. Being a simple bushcamp suits us very well as we do not want tiled floors or baths , but do like a shower and a flush toilet. As it is completely open at the front the atmosphere is great, but safe enough.

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