The Chikoko Trails Walking Safari

See the wild side of Zambia

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Zambia is the birth place of the walking safari, a place where you can really get back to nature and experience stunning wildlife in its rawest form. Spend your days walking in the national park spotting animals, discovering different areas and ultimately get an unparalleled walking safari experience in some of the remotest parts of the Luangwa Valley, completely off the grid. The feeling of remoteness is enhanced by the absence of electricity and a phone signal.

The walks follow well-worn elephant and hippo trails, not to mention the original footsteps of David Livingstone, through the Luangwa Valley. Here, accompanied by an experienced guide and ranger, you tread through the African bush alongside the wildlife that call this area home. Zambia is famous for having some of the best guides in Africa so they will make your adventure enjoyable, comfortable and deliver a lot of knowledge.

Morning walks are around four hours long, the exact times vary as it depends on the sightings, heat and fitness. Walks start early to avoid the heat of the day whereas afternoon walks are shorter and leave camp after tea at 15:30 before returning to camp before dusk.

There are two small bush camps, Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp, from which unparalleled walking safaris explore this untamed area. The two camps are only accessible on foot and are slightly upstream from the parent camp Tafika. You can choose to stay two or three nights at each camp and the maximum group size at any time is six. The two camps are:
- Chikoko Tree Camp: Chikoko is built on stilts so that it is set within the trees. With only three rooms, each has completely open fronts and an open-air bathroom with a toilet underneath. This is one of the most adventurous camps we offer.
- Crocodile River Camp. In a remote position in the quiet northern sector, this wonderful simple camp offers a very traditional and intimate safari experience. There are three twin chalets with en-suite bathrooms and views of the riverbed floodplain.
Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp are open from May 25th to October 31st each year.

Tafika, is the base camp and where you will start and finish your walking safari. It offers exceptional game viewing, fun mountain biking, bush walks and visits to the Mkasanga village. The camp has just four chalets, a two bedroom family chalet and a honeymoon chalet, all with en-suite. This chalets are rebuilt each year from natural materials.

This really is a once in a life time experience as Chikoko walking safaris allows you to experience the bush at your own pace.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • A pure walking safari, there are no vehicles
  • The camps offer authentic bush experiences
  • Wonderful wildlife sightings, especially June to October
  • Family run camps, very good for lions, leopards and elephants sightings
  • Choose your own number of nights and the lodges to visit

Sample Itinerary Summary

Not quite your cup of tea? Our Destination Specialists can tailor any part of this itinerary or create one from scratch just for you.

Duration
7 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted

Tailor your itinerary

You can chose the number of nights at each lodge, 2 is recommended but you can have more. The days will then be schedule around you and the rest of the group. Usually there is an early morning walk lasting around 4 hours and an afternoon walk around 15:00 with meals in between, however this can be altered depending on your group’s wishes (maximum group size is 6).

You can stay as many nights at Tafika (the base camp) as you wish.