Highlights of the 12-day South Luangwa, North Luangwa and Bangweulu Swamps Safari.
Tafika Camp, South Luangwa National Park
Life slows down for visitors to Tafika Camp with the daily routine designed around the rhythm of the bush. Located on the east bank of the Luangwa River, this South Luangwa National Park accommodation offers exceptional game viewing. Game can be observed close to the camp from the two hides that overlook the waterhole and further afield during game drives, walking safaris and even bicycle safaris!
The Luangwa Valley and especially the Nsefu sector, in which Tafika Camp is located, is known as The Valley of the Leopard because of the high number of leopards found here. You’ll also have the opportunity to see serval, crowned cranes, lion, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, puku, hippo and crocodiles on this part of your Zambia holiday.
Note that Chikoko Trails comprises the two bush camps: Chikoko Tree Camp AND Big Lagoon Camp. Guests will get to experience both, but the order and duration of your stay at the camps is dependent on availability.
Chikoko Tree Camp, South Luangwa National Park
Located on the west bank of the South Luangwa National Park, the simple yet comfortable Chikoko Tree Camp is only accessible on foot. The three chalets are raised above the ground ensuring great views of the surrounding landscape.
Walking safaris in Zambia are unique but at Chikoko they are unforgettable. Following worn animal paths, your guide will unveil the mysteries of the bush one step at a time. Every walking safari is accompanied by an armed National Park scout and a tea bearer for that all-important tea break! The four-hour long morning walk starts early to avoid the heat but afternoon walks are shorter and return before dusk.
The Chikoko Tree Camp is built from natural materials and raised to sit within the surrounding acacia tree canopy.
Big Lagoon Camp
This accommodation option comprises three chalets that are all nestled beneath a grove of gorgeous Muchenja (Ebony) trees. The camp overlooks a beautiful lagoon which makes it the perfect location for armchair game-viewing as you marvel at the daily wild visitors who stop by for a drink.
This camp was built using natural materials to blend in with its environment. The accommodation is comfortable, the location is perfect and created especially for our guests to ensure that they have the most authentic African experience possible, with all the amenities they require for comfort.
Takwela Camp, North Luangwa National Park
Takwela Camp, North Luangwa is located at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi Rivers with stunning views of the river and some of its 450 resident hippos. The camp prides itself on its small eco-footprint and is powered by solar energy and mostly built by villagers from local, natural materials.
Guests on safari in Zambia and staying at Takwela’s are often rewarded with exclusive wildlife sightings because of its location. The park hosts a highly successful black rhino sanctuary and healthy populations of lion, hyena, elephant, buffalo, leopard, wildebeest, wild dog and over 416 bird species.
Shoebill Island Camp, Bangweulu Swamps
This very special camp is situated on the edge of the extraordinary Bangweulu wetlands where the iconic shoebills breed. The wetlands area is a community-owned and protected area where the villagers have retained the right to live off the land in a sustainable way. While on safari at the Bangweulu Swamps guest can go on walking safaris, game drives and deep hull (photographic) canoeing and mokoro rides and also community visits with the seasonal fishermen of the region.
A visit to Shoebill Island Camp wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Shoebill Guardian Program and the shoebill nests (seasonal). Two nights at the Shoebill Island Camp is a fitting end to an unforgettable Luangwa and Bangweulu Swamps safari.