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Perekani Walking Trail

Five smart but rustic bushcamps are the comfortable staging-posts for this walking safari in South Luangwa. The route offers outstanding seclusion and rich wildlife with top-quality guiding throughout.

Perekani Walking Trail: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Perekani Walking Trail. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Lusaka International Airport

Tafika
Days 1-3

Tafika

2 nights
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A unique, owner-run camp with genuinely warm hospitality, great food, community connection and some of the best guiding in Zambia Tafika is rustic luxury at its best: think reed rooms, a gorgeous riverside setting, excellent cuisine and top-notch guiding.

Tafika

A unique, owner-run camp with genuinely warm hospitality, great food, community connection and some of the best guiding in Zambia Tafika is rustic luxury at its best: think reed rooms, a gorgeous riverside setting, excellent cuisine and top-notch guiding.

Tafika is an unforgettable camp on the banks of the Luangwa. Most clients are return guests and it’s easy to see why they come back time and time again. The relaxed, homely feel is hardly an accident – owners John and Carol Coppinger have lived here for over 20 years, even bringing up their daughters in the bush (they now work here too).

The rooms are fabulous: made of reeds and thatch, they’re rebuilt every year, with plenty of home comforts accompanying the rustic ambience – huge beds with colourful linen from local business Tribal Textiles, flushing loos and hot showers, fans for hotter evenings and solar lighting.

Meals are imaginative, varied and fresh with produce grown in their own veg garden, the pride and joy of guide Isaac Zulu.

"This camp is astounding in its services, guiding and friendliness."

PaulfromNorth Yorkshire

Arrived 29 Sep 2019, 6 nights

Guiding by John, Isaac, Alex Phiri and Bryan Jackson is second-to-none – walk to their sister camp Chikoko Trails to get a real sense of the bush. And make time to visit Mkasanga Village, home to most of the staff, where Tafika has helped support education and healthcare. You’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome. See our full report on Tafika

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272 reviews of Tafika by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Mountain biking

Night drive

Chikoko Tree Camp
Days 3-5

Chikoko Tree Camp

2 nights
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

On a remote, wildlife-rich walking trail, Chikoko is a brilliant little bush camp, simply but beautifully designed with great staff. Chikoko is just about as rustic as a bush camp could be with an imaginative, design and bags of character.

Chikoko Tree Camp

On a remote, wildlife-rich walking trail, Chikoko is a brilliant little bush camp, simply but beautifully designed with great staff. Chikoko is just about as rustic as a bush camp could be with an imaginative, design and bags of character.

"We thought everything about Chikoko was absolutely great"

Two TravellersfromUK

Arrived 25 Jul 2019, 2 nights

Most guests come here as part of a walking trail from sister camp Tafika, about a four hour walk away. On the banks of the Chikoko River (which is usually dry through the walking season) it’s far smaller and simpler than Tafika but still has the same relaxed atmosphere. Like its big sister, the rooms are made of reeds but are on two floors, with the bed upstairs and the shower, sink and toilet below. The main ‘building’ is simply a thatch shelter spread among the branches of a huge tree, with the ‘lounge’ a small sofa, chairs and brightly coloured cushions scattered around its roots. It has a fabulous ‘back-to-nature’ vibe, totally unspoilt and incredibly relaxing. But the best thing about this camp is chef Patson and the food he creates. He’s been here for some 20 years and he’ll shine with pride if you visit his kitchen – just an earth oven and an open fire, yet meals here are wholesome and delicious. The guiding and local knowledge is exceptional too, all contributing to one very cool safari experience. See our full report on Chikoko Tree Camp

99%
104 reviews of Chikoko Tree Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Crocodile Bushcamp
Days 5-7

Crocodile Bushcamp

2 nights
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The tiny and stylishly rustic Crocodile Bushcamp – also known as Crocodile River Camp – is one half of a pair of bushcamps, known as Chikoko Trails Camps, that occupy a remote walking-only section of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Made of reed and thatch, and rebuilt every year after the rains, it's one of the simpler camps that we feature.

Crocodile Bushcamp

The tiny and stylishly rustic Crocodile Bushcamp – also known as Crocodile River Camp – is one half of a pair of bushcamps, known as Chikoko Trails Camps, that occupy a remote walking-only section of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Made of reed and thatch, and rebuilt every year after the rains, it's one of the simpler camps that we feature.

"we really enjoyed the quiet away-from-it-all nature of these walking camps"

D & SfromNZ

Arrived 9 Jul 2019, 2 nights

Though the structures of Crocodile are deliberately rustic, the standards of guiding here are exceedingly high – and even the food is top-notch (which is quite remarkable when you see the kitchen facilities). The bushcamp's emphasis is firmly on enjoying the wilderness, the environment and the game. For those of us who love walking safaris and remote areas, it is one of the best places in Africa. See our full report on Crocodile Bushcamp

98%
81 reviews of Crocodile Bushcamp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Mwamba Bushcamp
Days 7-9

Mwamba Bushcamp

2 nights
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mwamba Bushcamp is set beneath the shade of tall ebony trees, overlooking a waterhole in the usually dry bed of the seasonal Mwamba River. Owned by Derek and Jules Shenton, it is a very natural yet comfortable camp: small, intimate and very remote.

Mwamba Bushcamp

Mwamba Bushcamp is set beneath the shade of tall ebony trees, overlooking a waterhole in the usually dry bed of the seasonal Mwamba River. Owned by Derek and Jules Shenton, it is a very natural yet comfortable camp: small, intimate and very remote.

"Six years after my first visit, and Mwamba is still one my favourite camps in Af"

Ms PfromLondon

Arrived 12 Oct 2018, 4 nights

We've visited Mwamba often since about 1995, most recently in September 2017. We've found that the remote area and simple design of the camp give it a true bushcamp feel, but the spacious rooms, large beds and excellent en-suite bathrooms add a surprising level of comfort that complements the experience nicely. The food was great – and we loved the flexibility of the activities (especially the hides!) and the obvious passion of the guides. See our full report on Mwamba Bushcamp

99%
124 reviews of Mwamba Bushcamp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Fly-camping

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Kaingo Camp
Days 9-11

Kaingo Camp

2 nights
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The well-established Kaingo Camp overlooks the Luangwa River from beneath an old grove of ebony trees. Owned by Derek Shenton and his family, it's one of the few independent camps remaining in South Luangwa National Park. Derek, and his engaging wife Jules, live in Lusaka and are very involved in running the camp, visiting frequently and sometimes helping out with the guiding.

Kaingo Camp

The well-established Kaingo Camp overlooks the Luangwa River from beneath an old grove of ebony trees. Owned by Derek Shenton and his family, it's one of the few independent camps remaining in South Luangwa National Park. Derek, and his engaging wife Jules, live in Lusaka and are very involved in running the camp, visiting frequently and sometimes helping out with the guiding.

"Kaingo is a very special place "

PeterfromOxfordshire

Arrived 30 Sep 2019, 4 nights

If there is a 'cookie-cutter template' for a safari camp, Derek and Jules have always ignored it; Kaingo operates with a style of its own – which we find a refreshing change. It's a welcoming camp, very informal and with a very relaxed feel. We've found the service to be personal, the guides engaging and knowledgeable, and the game activities well organised and productive. We love having three activities a day, and the enthusiasm that goes into these, and the hides add an extra dimension to a safari here, especially for keen photographers. See our full report on Kaingo Camp

96%
186 reviews of Kaingo Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Fly-camping

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 11

Ends: Lusaka International Airport

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Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


Tribal Textiles Tour

Tribal Textiles Tour

One - two hours

Visit the Tribal Textiles workshop, where hand-painted textiles are produced by more than a hundred local people. The workshop is close to Mfuwe Airport, so is ideally placed for a stop en route to/from the South Luangwa. With products ranging from cushion covers to bags and T-shirts, it's a great place for souvenir shopping while at the same time supporting the local community.

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Kawaza Village Visit

Kawaza Village Visit

Two to three hours

Just outside Zambia's South Luangwa National Park lies a normal, working rural African village which is open and welcoming to visitors to the Luangwa valley. There is nothing artificial or contrived about Kawaza Village, and it offers a rare opportunity to experience and appreciate Kunda culture, and meet local Zambians.

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