Tafika Trails

Chikoko Trails is an adventurous walking safari operated through a remote northern section of the South Luangwa National Park.

We have been great fans of Remote Africa’s Tafika Trails (formerly known as Chikoko Trails) for many years, and for several reasons. Firstly, the area in which they operate is very scenic, very productive for game viewing and virtually devoid of roads. This essentially means you can explore a beautiful, pristine wilderness whilst continually coming across wildlife. A great start for a walking safari! Secondly, the camps themselves offer a good balance of comfort and adventure, with a leaning towards the adventure. With flush loos, hot showers, cold drinks and good food provided for guests, the camps certainly offer a sophisticated bush experience. However, the real magic is in the experience. Being such small camps in the heart of the wilderness there are always animals wandering through or past, and guests really have the chance to immerse themselves in nature. Thirdly, we have always liked the guides from Remote Africa who lead the trails, as they offer experience and enthusiasm in equal measure. And lastly, it always helps when a product offers good value for money, and Tafika Trails certainly offer that. All in all, a wonderful adventure for anyone looking to explore a pristine wilderness area on foot.


Tafika Trails incorporates two bush camps, Big Lagoon and Chikoko Tree Camp, which are re-built each season from local materials. Accommodation at Big Lagoon comprises three thatch and reed chalets…


The Luangwa Valley is one of Africa’s most scenic and game-rich National Parks. Forming part of the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, the wide valley floor is about 1,000ft lower than the surrounding plateau and through the centre…


Tafika Trails are not suitable for young children (you need to be 12 years and older to walk in Zambia) and there are no family chalet options, so children must be old enough to enjoy the walking adventure and sleep…

Conservation & community

Remote Africa Safaris, owners of Tafika Trails, established the Tafika Fund which sees $5 a day for each guest’s stay go to the programmes operated by the Fund. Through donations from guests…

LocationSouth Luangwa Valley
AccessScheduled flight into Mfuwe (2 hours drive + canoe crossing and walk into camp) or Charter flight into Lukuzi (10 mins drive + canoe crossing and walk into camp)
OpenLate May to October
Camp StyleBush camp
FocusWalking / Wilderness / Big game / Birding
Children12 years +
ActivitiesWalking only
Number of Rooms3 chalets at each camp
Family AccommodationNo
BathroomOutdoor – Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Bucket shower
Power for chargingCommunal
Room SafeNo
Laundry ServiceComplimentary
Communication in roomNo
Mobile ReceptionNo
Dining StyleCommunal
Drinks IncludedHouse drinks
Credit CardsNot accepted