Tsika Island Camp

Tsika Island Camp: Our full report

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Excellent (100%) From 4 reviews
15 Apr to 15 Nov

Tsika Island Camp is a sister-camp of Chongwe River Camp, which started this as a community partnership project on an island near a local village. The village's name, Mgugrumenu, means 'pulling teeth'!

Tsika Island Camp focuses mainly on canoeing, either running day trips from the camp, or allowing canoe transfers to its sister camps downstream. Tsika also offers a community experience with visits to the local school in Mugurumenu, and to a 'cultural village' called Tsika, which is being set up on the mainland nearby.

As part of an agreement between Chongwe and the local community, the village will receive $50 per night per guest, in return for pledging the use of the land for the camp.

The main activity which will be available from Tsika Island Camp is canoeing on the Zambezi. In addition, fishing trips (on a 'catch and release' basis) and walking safaris on the island are also planned.


Location: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Ideal length of stay: It's our understanding that Chongwe will be offering 1 – 2 night stays on Tsika Island.

Directions: A light aircraft flight from Lusaka or Mfuwe takes guests to Royal airstrip. From there it is a 20-minute road transfer to Chongwe, and guests will then canoe out to the camp.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Independent/Owner-run - Chris Leibenberg

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included


Attitude towards children: We understand that the minimum age at Tsika will be 12 years.

Notes: Parents should be aware that the camp is unfenced and dangerous animals pass through exceedingly frequently. (During the dry season, there are elephants wandering around almost constantly.) Children should be supervised at all times.


Power supply: None

Communications: The camp has radio connection with their guides at all times.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The guides at Chongwe are trained in first aid. For more serious inflictions guests will be taken to Lusaka by light aircraft.

Dangerous animals: High Risk


Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: No Laundry Facilities

Accepted payment on location: US Dollars and the local currency, Kwacha, are the only acceptable forms of payment.

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