These two walking camps, right in the north of South Luangwa, are the perfect place to go walking. With no roads in this area you will only bump into the wildlife, not other people! Based along the river pathway, the game is good here and not too skittish to those on foot but cautious enough so they don’t come too close! We had some incredible sightings here including lions on a buffalo kill and a curious night-time elephant who came to scratch on our chalet. Staying in these camps is an exciting adventure.
There are no cars or roads in this part of the park, it is purely walking safaris. Curious warthogs, elephants, plains game, birds and giraffe are all around the camp, you don’t have to walk far to see something of interest. There is a huge network of walks, so you will see something different every day and if you are staying at both camps, you can walk between them, which is a real treat!
With a focus on the smaller stuff, you can discover all that is in the valley as well as learning to track the larger animals, who you can still see (and we did) but from a greater distance than in the car!
There are just three chalets at each camp, all are thatched and open at the front so you can see the wildlife on your doorstep, they are simple yet beautifully crafted.
At Crocodile camp, you have a round chalet with an en-suite bathroom with an open shower and covered flushing toilet. One night, a rather curious elephant came to use my wall as a scratching post selecting some of the ceilings to taste! Such an incredible experience to be so up close and personal.
At Chikoko, the chalets are more like tree houses with the bedroom upstairs overlooking the animals below. You can watch as hungry hippos come to ‘mow the lawn’ around your room for the night.
This is as remote as you can get. These two bush camps are the only ones in the area. No roads, no cars, no people, no problem! You will, literally, find no one else here – the guides will inform you of the different routes and together you can decide which one to take, depending on what you hope to encounter!
For those of you that want to get off the beaten track and experience the bush as the founders of the park once did, this is the best place to do it. Not to mention your guides and scouts here are top notch! They have years of experience between them and form a close bond over the brief season they are open. They can effectively communicate what is ahead and how you will proceed. Treat yourself to something you won’t forget in a secluded paradise.
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