Reviews of Chikoko Tree Camp
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This was our favourite of all the places we stayed. Unbelievable numbers of animals on the plain right in front of our tree-house.
We were looked after by an excellent team (Alex the guide, Alex the scout, and James and Crispin running the camp). Just an utterly romantic place to be.
Chikoko lived up to everything we expected from a walking safari and more.
The setting is magical - right in the middle of the bush, peaceful and comfortable. We loved our quirky 2 storey hut and soon got used to the steep "staircase" down to the bathroom (which had a great view over the dry river). The food and service in the camp were both excellent, and how they produce such wonderful and plentiful food with such basic facilities is amazing.
We had Isaac as our guide and he knows everything! I can't praise the walking, the team and the whole experience of staying at Chikoko enough.
Chikoko Tree Camp
We had a super time at Chikoko - it is in a splendid spot and the rooms are very comfortable and, whilst the stairs need a certain concentration, they are not a problem - heavens alive, we are in the bush not at the Savoy!
We had a very happy stay and have nothing but praise for this little camp - indeed, to have a maximum of six guests is brilliant, so long as you have the right guests which we did!
Great camps in a remote area only for walking
Crocodile Bushcamp and Chikoko Tree Camp
After leaving Kaingo and crossing the Luangwa river two times by canoe we reached Crocodile Bushcamp. The area is an only walking area without any vehicles or their tracks around. On our 3 day walking safari we walked around the camps and from one camp to the other.
Crocodile Bushcamp and Chikoko Tree Camp are rustic but wonderful places to stay in the wild and without missing anything (remember no vehicles: everything incl. food and drinking water has to be carried to the camps by porters !!!). The food is fantasic and we didn't understand how they create those delicious meals just with an hole in the bottom oven!!! Like in all the other camps we had visited on our safari also the staff of these 2 bushcamps was so friendly and helpful.
Our guide during the whole walking safari was Isaak with an incredible guiding experience of more than 40 years !!!! He was the best walking guide we could have got. In his presence there was no moment where we felt uncomfortable or unsafe even when approaching lions or having unexpected encounters with hippos or elephants.
A walking safari is an other wonderful experience - you are part of the nature you visit and although we saw many big and small animals (I was surprised how close we could get to many of them) you see and learn so much about the small things you usually miss when going by vehicle. And Isaak told us so much about all those things - it was really fantastic!
In conclusion: If you visit Zambia don't miss to go on a walking safari - and Crocodile Bushcamp and Chikoko Tree Camp in an only walking area are perfect places to do it! (... and ask for Isaak as your Guide !!!)
Loved it!Read more about the whole safari
Chikoko Tree Camp review
Again, excellent guiding and wonderful walking with a lovely camp to begin and end the day in,Read more about the whole safari
Sleeping amongst the trees.........
........ with Elephants below.
From Tafika, a short drive to the river crossing (Crocodile Crossing point) then punted across the Luanga. A very pleasant few hours walking to Chikoko Camp in the company of our Guide (Alex), NP Scout (Alex 2), Justin the Tea-bearer and one other guest.
The camp is smaller and more intimate than Tafika but just as stylish and in another beautiful setting. The food and hospitality is also of the same high standard.
Walking on foot, you may not get the same frequency of large animal encounters. But the intensity of the encounters more than makes up for this. We came across Hyenas and Vultures on an Elephant carcass, and being at eye level to a Hyena certainly makes you feel alive. It was lovely to appreciate the scenery and also to learn about tracks and droppings.
Chikoko Tree Camp review
A beautiful little camp with the same excellent standards as others in the "Remote Africa" family.
The memory of Chikoko Camp Staff bearing a decorated chocolate cake cooked in a hole in the ground and singing Happy Birthday as my husband blew out the candles will be treasured forever. Remote Africa Safaris know how to go the extra mile!
Chikoko Tree Camp review
Chikoko Tree Camp is beautiful and in an amazing location. We had an absolutely fabulous time doing the Chikoko walking trail.
All the staff were incredible, the food fantastic and it was a real privilege to be guided by Isaac with his wealth of experience and slightly cheeky sense of humour.
We would thoroughly recommend a few days walking safari and couldn't imagine anywhere better to do it than here.
A place to live in the moment & relax
Spending time at Chikoko camp certainly had a different feel to it than driving safari. It was Isaac Zulu who lead us to Chikoko on our first day. I remember how Isaac's great sense of humor set a positive tone to our venturing into the bush right from the start.
The remaining two days at Chikoko were spent with Brent Harris. We enjoyed his guiding style, very relaxed and easy going yet informative. On our last morning walk it was just Alexei & I so we mentioned to Brent we'd like to slow down the pace of walk and try to get closer to animals as long as it was safe. It was exactly what we did and we appreciate Brent's flexibility in helping us do so. Those few hours we spent walking in the bush without rushing, posing to see the wildlife is one of the best moments of the entire trip.
The two days we spent at Chikoko allowed us to forget about the rest of the world living in the moment. The set up of the camp contributed to it, of course. It feels even more relaxed and isolated than Tafika but you really have all the "creature comforts". With basic open fire kitchen, the food was always ready and the bread they bake is fantastic! The staff who looked after our needs are very efficient. I would certainly return back to Chikoko and I'd recommend this camp particularly for those who look for more of an active safari style.