Chikoko Tree Camp

Reviews of Chikoko Tree Camp

Excellent(99%) From 71 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 71 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.
The Rollers from New York
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chikoko Tree Camp review

What made the experience truly outstanding was Issac, a very special person.

Though no fault of anyone, even knowing ther limitations of wildlife encounters while walking, not as much wildlife encountered as I expected

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The leopards from Cambridge
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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The Lechwes from West Sussex
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lovey bushcamp

Its difficult to know how they do so well looking after you in the bush. Great.

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Mr Broad-billed roller - Bristol
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Ms L from Boston
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Chikoko

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.

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Mr Baobab - Wimborne
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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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Dr J Alma
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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AS for Tafika

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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."

Dr & Mrs S - Cheshire
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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

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Ms A - London
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr N Bledlow
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great day's walking

Another excellent stay although not as magical as Crocodile - nevertheless enjoyed an exciting walk through a herd of Cape Buffalo!

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