Reviews of Chikoko Tree Camp
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Chikoko camp - our favourite
We love Chikoko and particularly the opportunity to have the place to ourselves again and stay in the chalet at the end with the great outlook for lazily watching game in between walks and meals. We even saw my favourite warthogs drinking - I didn't know they bent down on their knees before.
Stephen is a first rate walking guide and Batwell is a first rate scout. I doubt we'd have seen the 3 leopards on foot without their sharp ears and eyes. And we saw an astonishing amount of game on the very windy morning, including Eland, which we've never seen before. We couldn't believe it could be even better than the last time (Chikoko was our first camp last time and it was our first visit to Zambia and Africa).
The staff and food are really great here too as they were at Mwaleshi. Just like Mwaleshi its a great mix of total relaxation and completely consuming interest in the wildlife and countryside - I think the countryside at Chikoko has a slight edge for us. For us I can't imagine a camp that would suit us better.
Its difficult to know how they do so well looking after you in the bush. Great.Read more about the whole safari
Chikoko Tree Camp review
We enjoyed the walking. Cameron, Size and Moffatt and excellent team. We had several close encounters: hippo, buffalo and elephant, all in one day. Very unusual we are told. But no-one panicked as Cameron and Size acted very confidently. Later viewing was done at a more "normal" distance.
We were privilged to hear the "oomph" of a Pel's Fishing Owl here one night.
We liked the water bottle holders that were provided - very useful when walking light.
Food was excellent.
The accommodation is very impressive.
Isaac was also my guide at Chikoko, so Chikoko was also loads of fun. I liked the tree houses a lot, especially because they had walk-in nets.
Beautiful location. On the night I was there, we could actually see stars reflected in the water.
Chikoko Tree Camp review
As per my comments on Tafika Camp the rooms, food and service were excellent at Chikoko. We spend two days walking around the area of the camp and saw a great deal of wildlife, a lot of it from our balcony.
The Guide who escorted us was extremely competent and very knowledgeable. We especially appreciated the Tea Porter who accompanied us, after a couple of hours walking in the hot and dry bush a cup of tea and a piece of cake takes on a totally different meaning.
On one of the nights at Chikoko and for both of the nights at Crocodile we were the only guests and the poor Guide had sole responsibility for amusing us during meal times. It may have been a cultural thing but he seemed loath to ask us questions so the conversation was somewhat one sided and it must have seemed like we were grilling him. Could I suggest at times like these a professional host might be put to good use.
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Expert Africa comments
For Tafika, this traveller wrote: "This place, with the walking camps over the river, feel almost like home. It was great to see old friends and the high standards encounterd previously were maintained."
Excellent safari at Chikoko
Isaac (Zulu) an absolutely first rate guide. Support staff all very good, too.
But tented rooms, even with "double skin" roofs, very hot
The setting of Chikoko Camp was just as described by Expert Africa. We spent one afternoon sitting on our deck and watched as more than a dozen elephants came to drink at the river. The wildlife here was abundant with lots of sightings at or close to the camp.
We had many close encounters with animals throughout the trip but felt we also got a rounded experience of the whole ecology of the South Luangwa.
Enjoyed two afternoons doing watercolours (provided at the camps).
The camps provided access on foot to some different terrains. Amazing that despite no road access they could serve up such high class meals and service.
Great day's walking
Another excellent stay although not as magical as Crocodile - nevertheless enjoyed an exciting walk through a herd of Cape Buffalo!Read more about the whole safari
Chikoko Tree experience
The Tafika magic was transmitted to this camp. whilst more rural and slightly more basic, the friendly informal feel continued. the smallness of ther camp ( one night we were the only guests) enhanced this.Read more about the whole safari