Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Set on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, Chikoko Trails camp is considered the best walking camp in the park. It is split into two private camps: Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp, both only accessible on foot.
These secluded bush camps are owner-run and offer unforgettable guided walking adventures in an area renowned for its game viewing. Chikoko Trails will appeal to adventurous travellers seeking an authentic and intimate wilderness safari experience.
Chikoko Tree Camp comprises three, two-storey chalets built on stilts with open-fronted rooms and verandahs with spectacular views across the Chikoko River. Crocodile River camp lies beneath a grove of ebony trees overlooking a dry Oxbow lagoon and features three rondavel-style chalets built from thatch and natural materials. Both camps are simple and rustic but finished to a high standard and the cuisine is superb.
The emphasis is on bush walks, but the bird watching is remarkable and at night the stargazing is magnificent.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Luangwa Valley into a greater Zambia holiday. Take a look at Nature, Wildlife & City as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Chikoko Trails Information
- Location and getting there:
It is located on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. The nearest international airport is Mfuwe, which is a 1.5-hour drive from Crocodile Camp, followed by a 50-minute walk or a 2-hour drive from Chikoko Tree camp followed by a 10-minute walk.
Chikoko Tree Camp comprises three chalets built on stilts with open-fronted rooms, simple décor, ensuite bathrooms and verandahs with spectacular views. Crocodile River camp lies beneath a grove of ebony trees overlooking a dry Oxbow lagoon and features three rondavel-style chalets built from thatch and natural materials.
Both camps feature a main area with dining area, bar and lounge area.
The focus is on walking safaris, which usually take for 3-4 hours, but you can also enjoy bird watching and bush picnics.
Chikoko Trails camps are ideal for an exciting family adventure, however children should be at least 12 or over. Given the nature of the camp it is suited to couples or those with older kids.