7 Nights South Luangwa Zambian Walking Safari

  • Low Season from US$4 660 per person sharing (June)
  • Shoulder Season from US$4 960 per person sharing (Jul & Oct)
  • Peak Season from US$5 470 per person sharing (Aug & Sep)

Tafika Camp is situated on the banks of the Luangwa River, North of the Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park. The remote location of Tafika makes it ideal for those who enjoy the serenity of the bush. Nestled in the shade of giant leadwood trees, the camp has a panorama of the river and its wildlife. Tafika can accommodate up to 14 guests in six thatched chalets (including a family chalet and honeymoon suite) with open-air en suite facilities, built around the trunks of stunning sausage trees. The food is excellent and is supplemented by a wonderful supply of home-grown fresh salad, fruit and vegetables.

Tafika is the perfect tranquil base from which guests can enjoy walking safaris, unique cycling trails and game drives (day and night), during which the abundance of diverse game populations in the Nsefu sector ensures an unforgettable African safari.

Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp are the two intimate and exclusive bush camps which form Chikoko Trails, where authentic walking safaris are offered within a remote northern area of the South Luangwa National Park. Of all the stunning locations available in the Luangwa Valley, the well-known Norman Carr selected this area specifically to pioneer walking safaris. This is an excellent option for guests who enjoy a more active safari experience and an escape from the conventional game drive routine. One gets lost in the idyll of Africa on foot and the minutiae of the bush come to the fore; the smells, the essence of the macro world and the sense of timelessness.

Both camps are located on the opposite side of the river to parent camp Tafika. Depending on individual itineraries, transfers involve a short drive to the relevant river crossing following which guests explore a trackless wilderness, accompanied by an armed scout and guide, and arrive on foot at either Crocodile or Chikoko Camp. Luggage and supplies are portaged to camp along a separate route so guests may wish to keep personal items such as cameras, binoculars and sunscreen on them for the walk. Though the landscape is flat, paths can sometimes be uneven as they follow existing animal trails, so comfortable, lightweight walking shoes are recommended.

Daily activities consist of leisurely morning and afternoon walks, with frequent stops for the guide to share the secrets of the bush. The game viewing in this wilderness area is excellent and guests regularly enjoy spectacular sightings. Being on foot and truly part of the landscape makes the experience all the more exhilarating. Birders can enjoy a proliferation of birdlife.

Each camp accommodates a maximum of six people in thatched chalets with open-air en suite facilities, nestled in the shade of majestic ebony trees. Rooms have flush toilets, showers (with hot water provided on demand) and running (cold) water throughout the day. The camps are staffed by an experienced walking guide, an armed game scout, a chef and general camp staff, who contribute to a relaxed and pleasurable stay at our Chikoko Trails Camps.

25th May – 31st Oct

US$300 per night

Mfuwe airport transfer to/from our camps, National Park fees, full board accommodation, game viewing activities, bar, laundry, contribution to the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund

International flights, domestic flights, insurances, superior wines

1hr30 – 2hr drive from Mfuwe airport to Tafika or Chikoko Trails (included in rates) or a 15min flight to Mwanya/Lukuzi airstrip (optional extra)

(RASair luggage restriction: 15kg bag + 5kg hand luggage per person and should be packed in soft bags)