Chikunto Safari Lodge

Chikunto Safari Lodge: Our full report

5 safari tents

Chikunto Safari Lodge is a new property in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, sitting on a peninsula of land created by the meandering Luangwa River. Chikunto is a traditional yet stylish property with quick and easy access to the wildlife-rich and remote northern section of the park.

Built with a strong focus on sustainability, Chikunto sits on the western bank of the Luangwa River, about half-way between the main entrance to the park and the wildlife-rich Nsefu sector. We haven't had a chance to stay at the property ourselves yet, but we understand that it is a smart and stylish camp built with green canvas tents and plenty of natural wood, lending it the feeling of a traditional safari camp.

The main area at Chikunto sits on a raised wooden deck overlooking the river, and incorporates a dining area, lounge and bar under a thatch roof. Nearby there is also a small swimming pool with a counter-current system for those guests wishing to fit in some exercise.

Chikunto has five safari tents, one of which is a family tent sleeping four. The tents are also elevated on platforms by the banks of the river, furnished with functional yet stylish furniture giving the rooms a slightly minimalist feeling. Each of the rooms also has an open plan en-suite bathroom with private shower, twin basins and flushing toilet.

Chikunto's activities consist of walking safaris and game drives which take place in the main area of the park on the western side of the Luangwa River, or the Nsefu sector on the eastern side. If the water levels rise enough in the wet season (January to April) boat trips are also possible.

Our view

We have yet to visit Chikunto Safari Lodge but we are very familiar with the South Luangwa, and we feel that the lodge has a great location for quiet game viewing in the park. We're expecting a well-run and stylish property with a strong focus on sustainability, and we very much look forward to visiting the property when we are next in the park.


Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included


Power supply: Solar Power

Water supply: Other

Water supply notes: Water is taken from the Luangwa River and filtered.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: High Risk


Disabled access: On Request

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