Chikoko Trails

Zambian walking safari

Africa through the soles of your feet

Unfolding in the South Luangwa National Park, along the west bank of the Luangwa River, a Chikoko Trails safari is a unique walking holiday in one of the richest wildlife areas in the world.

The safari takes place between two camps – Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp – which are within walking distance of one another. These camps are just a few kilometres upstream from their parent camp, Tafika, but are only accessible on foot and feel wonderfully remote as a result. Each has just three simply furnished, reeded and thatched or canvas chalets with private bathrooms and since the camps are so small, it is possible for a group or a family to occupy them on a private basis.

Your days will be spent exploring the magnificent wilderness on foot. Covering ground in this way the minutiae of the bush come to the fore: the smells; the essence of the macro world and a sense of timelessness. Giraffes and elephants tower over you, buffaloes are now on eye level, and the Luangwa’s predators set pulses raising as you track lions prints from the night before. It is the realness of the experience, that dash of adrenaline associated with standing downwind of an elephant and catching its unmistakable scent that make walking safaris unforgettable for every generation.

Chikoko Walking Trails boast real heritage – these were the trails trodden by David Livingstone and where the legendary Norman Carr pioneered early walking safaris in the 1950s. Walks take you from camp to camp following well-worn elephant and hippo trails, and as you walk your expert guides and armed scout will share their experience and intimate bush knowledge. You will discover the inner workings of the African bush in a way you could never imagine from a vehicle.

You will love

  • Walking in the footsteps of David Livingstone
  • Small, intimate camps
  • Some of the best guiding in Africa
  • Relaxed walking pace
  • No roads or vehicles – timeless
  • Great for groups or families


PLEASE NOTE: The following is an example itinerary only. Please contact us for your very own tailormade advenuture

Chikoko Trails walking safaris are all individually tailormade, however, we recommend a minimum of 2 nights at each camp.


Welcome to your Chikoko Trails Zambian walking safari. In the company of expert guides, arrive on foot to Chikoko Tree Camp. Settle in and enjoy a 3-course meal by candle light, then head to bed for a good rest ahead of your adventure… if you can sleep while the lions are roaring and the hyenas are whooping!


Rise to early morning hippo bellows and bird song for a relaxed breakfast around the fire. Head out on a 4-hour walking safari at a leisurely pace with a stop for morning tea. After lunch and a siesta, head out again in the afternoon to track spoor and encounter wildlife becoming more active as the temperature eases. Visit David Livingstone’s river crossing, ‘Perekani’, and enjoy a sundowner or two before heading back to camp for dinner.


Head out from Chikoko Tree Camp on foot for your morning safari (approx. 4 hours), then arrive to Crocodile River Camp in time for lunch and a siesta. Afternoon tea is served at around 15h30, then head out again for a 2.5 – 3hr evening walking safari exploring the fringes of a big lagoon. Return before sunset for dinner and drinks.


The routine will be familiar by now. After breakfast round the fire, head out through this area’s ebony forests to enjoy a morning safari. There will be plenty of animal tracks from the night before leading you to spectacular encounters. In the afternoon venture out again and travel a little further if you wish.


Rising with the birds you may wish to set off on a final morning walk before leaving the area on foot at a time that fits with your plans. You will then be transferred to a location from which you can continue with your onward arrangements.


True bush camps

Chikoko Trails – Crocodile River Camp – South Luangwa

A stay at Crocodile River Camp allows you to undertake a wild walking safari in arguably the best safari destination in Zambia, the South Luangwa. Accommodating just a handful of guests, the camp rests quietly in the landscape, barely leaving a footprint. Read More

Chikoko Trails – Chikoko Tree Camp – South Luangwa

Located near David Livingstone’s river crossing, Chikoko Tree Camp sits in a privileged spot in the South Luangwa, Zambia. As a walk-in camp with no roads or vehicles, a stay here is like a journey back in time. This is the Africa that the first explorers saw. Read More


Chikoko Trails walking safaris are all individually tailormade

Chikoko Trails walking safaris are all individually tailormade

Please enquire for pricing

Please enquire for pricing

START: South Luangwa, Zambia     |     Finish: South Luangwa, Zambia

3 rooms/chalets at each camp
Maximum 6 guests at each camp
Minimum age – 12 years old
Operates May to October
Recommended length of stay: minimum 2 nights in each camp, ideally 3 nights at each.
Single supplement may apply
Flights and insurance on request
Please contact us for pricing, dates and a full itinerary

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