Reviews of Chikoko Tree Camp
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Chikoko Tree Camp review
Lovely to have our own tree house although final step to the bedroom was a bit dodgy.
Isaac was an interesting guide although he had no conception of time!
Nichols at Chikoko
An excellent small camp. Although the accommodation is essentially a grass hut, it has all the facilities necessary and if there is the occasional frog sharing your bedroom, it's all part of the experience.
The guided walks were the highlight. You get closer to the animals when you're in a car but walking through the bush is a completely different experience.
A great experience
As Tafika Chikoko Tree Camp surpassed our wishes. With Brent we had a fabulous guide. Steward is a very knowledgable scout and it makes you feel good to have these guys around you while walking in the bush. The third in the bush walking team was the tea porter George, but he makes much more then carrying tea. You have to witness is yourself, nothing more is said here.
The chalets are great, the food in a camp where everything is made bush style (fresh bread and cakes in an oven in the ground) is excellent and all the staff friendly and helpful. Walking in the bush and staying in Chikoko was a highlight. You have to be aware though, that a minimal amount of fitness is needed, especially in the hot season.
Absolutely wonderful experience.
The camp was quite simply constructed, as a remote bush camp should be, but everything we needed was provided. The standard of service at the camp was extraordinarily good, especially considering that everything had to be carried in from the nearest river crossing.
The food in particular was wonderful, all cooked from fresh on site. The game walks were brilliant, a 4 hour walk at sunrise and a 2 hour walk late afternoon), brilliantly led by Alex, our guide and camp manager.
chikoko a fine bushcamp
No electricity or mobiles - so what. This is a real bushcamp with no frills but comfortable and friendly. We tracked lions twice.Read more about the whole safari
Crocodile - Chikoko walking tour
This was part of a circular tour we did from Tafika via Crocodile, Chikoko and back to Tafika. Our Guides were Brent and Mukupa with scout Levy.
This camp has two storey huts which provide good views over the grasslands in front of the camp. The comfort and cuisine here match the other Remote Africa Safari camps, and the staff are friendly and helpful.
We had good sightings of mixed groups of animals here, which made for great photos in the soft evening light.
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 !!!)