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Chikoko Tree Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Chikoko Tree Camp is situated 8km upstream of Tafika. As the name suggests the 3 twin chalets are raised above the ground, within the tree canopy.

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About Chikoko Tree Camp

Chikoko Walking Trails in the South Luangwa National Park are conducted in a very beautiful area, rich in wildlife. It is a wilderness area, free of roads and vehicles.

Chikoko Walking Trails operate slightly upstream of Tafika on the West bank of the Luangwa, utilizing two exclusive bush camps named Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp.

David Livingstone crossed the Luangwa River in 1866 at Perekani, the crossing point used for Chikoko Trails today, and made the following note in his journal:
"I will make this land better known to men that it may become one of their haunts. It is impossible to describe its luxuriance."
David Livingstone, December 1866

Camps used by Chikoko Trails
Chikoko Tree Camp is situated 8km upstream of Tafika. As the name suggests the 3 twin chalets are raised above the ground, within the tree canopy. This enhances the view of the acacia grove in front of camp where a constant array of wildlife activity unfolds throughout the day.

Crocodile River Camp has 3 chalets imaginatively constructed of thatch and natural materials?delightfully simple, perfectly comfortable. It rests beneath a grove of magnificent ebony trees, overlooking a dambo and the action of a day in the wild.

All luggage and supplies are portaged into the camps. Guests only need to carry their binoculars and cameras. The walking trails follow a maze of animal footpaths between camps, accompanied by a Remote Africa Safaris guide, an armed National Park?s scout and the tea bearer bringing up the rear. Bottled drinking water is also provided.

Walks normally last a leisurely 3-4 hours, with a mid morning break for tea. The terrain is fairly flat but occasionally uneven.

Guests transferring to/from Tafika would normally do so as part of the morning or afternoon walking activity. Direct routes to camp would be used for guests arriving late in the day. It is best to avoid late arrivals into Mfuwe if guests are transferring directly to either of the Chikoko Walking Trails camps.

Seasonally operated: June to October.

Access:
Chikoko to Tafika: 2 hours walk OR a 10 minute walk followed by a 20 minute drive
Chikoko to Crocodile: 2 hours walk
Chikoko to Mwanya Airstrip:10 minute walk followed by a 20 minute drive
Chikoko to Mfuwe Airport: 10 minute walk followed by a 2 and a half hour drive

Crocodile to Tafika: I hour walk
Crocodile to Mwanya Airstrip: 50 minute walk followed by a 15 minute drive
Crocodile to Mfuwe: 50 minute walk followed by a 2 hour drive.

Recommended length of stay: 2 to 3 nights in each camp.