The Chikoko Trails is one of the more joyous safaris we’ve ever done. This is a fantastic walking safari, based out of the two satellite camps of Tafika Lodge– Crocodile and Chikoko.
What’re the Chikoko Trails Camps really like?
Like Tafika, they are both incredibly rustic. Both camps are have different locations and a different design accordingly (Crocodile is on ground level, while Chikoko’s rooms are split level and more up in the trees), but it’d be fair to say that both have a fairly similar feel and design ethos. Both Crocodile and Chikoko have just three rooms and are made of basic reed and thatch structures which are pretty open to the bush outside. This is very much a deliberate decision- the idea here is to get you in touch with nature, so you feel the heat on your skin, hear the birdsong on the air and smell the damp grasses in the early morning. Meals are eaten communally with your fellow guests- and while not inappropriately fancy, they are warming, wholesome and delicious.
What can I do at the Chikoko Trails Camps?
Typically guests will stay in one or both camps, depending on how many nights you are staying, and use them as your base for walking out each day into the bush. There are no “standard” days on safari, but as a rough idea on what to expect you’d normally walk each morning and afternoon and spend the hours in between having a siesta or rocking in a hammock. On the walking safaris you’ll generally walk in formation with an armed ranger and guide in front, and the tea-bearer (this is the technical term- we checked!) behind. Walking safaris are a potter, not a race- you’re trying to see the wildlife around you- and the terrain is generally pretty flat and sandy. You might walk for a few hours and find a shady spot to stop for tea before continuing. If you do, make sure to watch as the fire’s being lit for the kettle- this is one of the only places we have ever seen a fire started using only two pieces of wood.
Giving back at Chikoko Trails: As you’ll see when you get there, both of the Chikoko Trails camps have a very small footprint on the environment. The owners also have a real commitment to giving back to the local community- as part of the Tafika fund they help to support the school, a scholarship programme and a clinic. Guests who wish to get involved as part of their stay can bring donations via the Pack For a Purpose scheme.
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