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Tafika & Chikoko Trails Camp

Tafika Camp’s location on the east bank of the Luangwa River, north of the Nsefu Sector of the South Park, makes it ideal for those who enjoy the serenity of the bush. The Luangwa Valley is known as The Valley of the Leopard for good reason, and you have an extremely high chance of seeing several of these spotted beauties during your stay with the Nsefu sector boasting some of the finest leopard viewing in Africa. This, combined with the abundance of diverse game populations and some of the most experienced guides in the valley leading great safari activities, make for an unforgettable wilderness adventure. Due to the camps’ remote location in a low congestion area, exclusive sightings are the norm.

At Tafika Camp, exceptional game viewing is enjoyed on a variety of activities including day and night drives, mountain bike safaris, walking safaris and visits to the local Mkasanga village. Tafika also has a ground level elephant in-camp hide which overlooks a waterhole frequented by herds of elephant, bushbuck, puku, impala, mongoose and several bird species.

A seasonal carmine bee-eater hide is constructed from September. The camp accommodates up to 14 guests in six spacious chalets with en suite facilities, built from natural materials around the trunks of stunning sausage and leadwood trees.

For wildlife purists looking for an exclusive walking safari experience, Remote Africa Safaris’ two Chikoko Trails walking camps is a great option: Chikoko Tree Camp and Big Lagoon Camp (previously known as Crocodile River Camp). Located in the national park on the west bank of the Luangwa River, a few kilometres upstream from parent camp Tafika, Chikoko and Big Lagoon are only accessible on foot and offer an immersive bush experience. With no other camps, roads or vehicles, a Chikoko Trails safari is a unique walking holiday in one of the richest wildlife areas in the world. Your days will be spent tracking Luangwa’s residents on foot, following well-worn elephant and hippo trails not to mention the original footsteps of David Livingstone. Highly qualified and experienced guides escort all the walks and will safely track big game as well as identify the smallest insect during the safari.

Chikoko accommodation consists of three rustic, tree house reed chalets. Upstairs, under a reed and canvas roof, the bedrooms are level with the surrounding tree canopies which have fantastic views of the surrounding acacia park through to the wildlife beneath. Downstairs is a private bathroom with a changing area and hot water (upon request). Big Lagoon also consists of three ground level chalets nestled under expansive ebony trees overlooking the impressive Big Lagoon, a honeypot for wildlife as outlying water points dry up.

Address: South Luangwa National Park

Tel: +260 216 246185



GPS Coordinates
S12 51.311’
E032 00.088’

South Luangwa National Park

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