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Zikomo Safari Camp

Plot # 24623 M Nsefu Sector, South Luangwa National Park 0110 Zambia
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Zikomo Safari is built on the banks of the Luangwa River directly across from the world famous wildlife park; South Luangwa National Park. This peaceful bush lodge and campsite is the perfect setting for your African Photo Safari. Whether you choose a game drive, an exciting bush walk, a visit to the local village, a visit to the hot springs, or time out simply relaxing in a hammock, your visit will amaze you. Only a forty-five (45) minute drive from Mfuwe International Airport, in an area away from other safari lodges, Zikomo Safari is spread under a canopy of ancient shade trees on the banks of the Luangwa River. It is in the Nsefu sector. This sector is one of the least crowded and richest in wildlife areas in the world. Accommodations Our eight hand crafted chalets are well furnished with en-suite bathrooms and private decks from which to view the Luangwa River and wildlife. Each room has a fan, mosquito nets, a sitting area, large screened windows and has enough area around it to maintain privacy. Four of the chalets are raised a meter off the ground and four are ground level with open air bathrooms, so you can shower under the stars. The two family chalets are each different and unique. Chalet #1 or the Lion chalet (lion cubs were born behind this chalet in 2014) sleeps 4 easily. It is a ground level African style chalet with a large mahogany tree in the center of the bathroom giving beauty and shade to the chalet. It features two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom entrance and a porch outside from which you can view the hippos in the river. Chalet #2 is a raised chalet that can sleep 6. It has a king size bed, a recessed curtained off room with a double bed, a single bed, and a loft where 2 single beds can be placed. It has 2 bathrooms; one with a shower, sink and toilet, the other with a full bathtub (and shower) a toilet, and a sink. This chalet is closest to the river and the view is wonderful. Carmine Bee Eaters are prevalent here during September, October, and November so we call it the "Bee Eater". The remaining 3 raised chalets (#s 3, 4 and 5) all sleep 2 to 3 persons and have viewing decks, large bathrooms and large screened windows. The remaining 3 ground level chalets (#s 6, 7 and 8) sleep 2 persons, have open air bathrooms, porches that look over the floodplain and chalet #6 is outfitted for disabled persons with a double wide entrance door and bathroom door, plenty of room around the bed to maneuver a wheel chair and wheelchair friendly bathtub and toilet. . In order to ensure an intimate experience, our maximum capacity is 22 guests. Zikomo Safari is owned and operated by an American family who oversee proficient Zambian managers and staff. Top guides, guides with over fifteen (15) years experience in the Luangwa Valley, work here. Many activities begin and end at the comfortable main lodge, bar and dining room. We offer day and night game drives, walking safaris and a variety of tours. Tours to: • Chichele hot springs, • the local village, • the local animal rescue center, • shopping at Tribal Textiles, • the adjacent island • the main part of the park • the neighboring escarpment to look for sable. When you come to Zikomo Safari we want you to feel at home, because this is our home. Prepare to be amazed, as the Best of Africa awaits you at Zikomo Safari.
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Pauline F wrote a review Sept 2023
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This is my second time back to Zikomo safari camp. I cannot fault this camp - food ( all fresh veggies from their own market garden!) wonderful, sightings incredible! And so welcoming! Recommended.!!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 23 Sept 2023
We are so happy you came back and that we pleased you a second time. Having photographers like you stay with us is a great experience for us. We feel our remote, secluded area allows photographers to do what they do without interference. We sincerely hope you come back for a third time!
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illuminata11 wrote a review Aug 2023
Montreal, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed at Zikomo for a total of 23 nights as this was a long stay. I was alone. I always felt safe while staying at Zikomo. Victoria and David Wallace are very welcoming and made sure I was very confortable in my chalet. The Zambian employees made a real difference during my stay. They were courteous, always smiling and in good mood, trying to please and /or understand my requests. The cleaniness of my chalet was extraordinary. Selina and David make sure everyday, they cleaned, made the bed and or change the sheets and sweep the whole place. Being one with Nature, while sleeping is a real plus for Zikomo. Hearing an elephant or a hippo outside your chalet, or hearing the sounds of the bush at night, was something I absolutely wanted to hear. I certainly got my wish. The guides are very friendly on game drives and/or on a walking safari. They were patient, with many of my questions and always smiling, wanting to give you what you really want to see on each outing. I'm forever grateful to Josephine, Lameck, Julius and David. I especially loved the food being from an organic garden as this resonates with my own values. Victor, the gardener, works really hard to deliver fresh vegetables and yes, lemons.... The reservation manager, Tyson, went out of his way from planning my trip, answering my many questions, to following up during my stay; he made sure my stay at Zikomo was memorable. I'm grateful for my stay. Thank you !
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 28 Aug 2023
Hi Suzanne Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are glad you felt safe and enjoyed yourself! Best regards
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ferg wrote a review Aug 2023
Cremona, Italy1 contribution1 helpful vote
Delightful owners Victoria and David spoil you during your stay. Sergeant looks after you in the bar and the clear pool is ideal even in August. Very knowledgeable guides David and Lemak offer morning and night drives. Easy access via own crossing into park enables you to get to viewing area in no time. Nsefu sector has far less traffic so often seeing lion, leopard or wild dog with only another vehicle.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 28 Aug 2023
Thank you for that lovely review. We do our best to treat everyone who comes as a valued person. We want everyone to thoroughly enjoy this magical place that the elephants and wildlife “own” and we are fortunate enough to get to stay for awhile!
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Anne G wrote a review Aug 2023
Somerset West, South Africa273 contributions48 helpful votes
We had booked to camp at Zikomo. They only offer 3 camping spots and we took up all 3. The camp is situated away from the lodge and is slightly elevated on the edge of the Luangwa river with breathtaking views. We could sit and watch the puku grazing on the plains and listen to the hippo grunting nearby as well as enjoy the magnificent sunsets. Each site had it's own reed open air ablution facility with a separate shower and toilet. It was very clean and beautifully set out with a donkey nearby which was lit in the morning and evening for hot showers. There was also a washing up facility but there is no power. We booked an afternoon/evening game drive into the park which was absolutely outstanding. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to make this one of the best game drives we have ever been on. We were extremely lucky to come across a pride of lion feasting on a recent buffalo kill. It was also nice to be able to access the national park directly from the lodge. I highly recommend this unique experience of camping wild with no fences. We will definitely go back and stay at the lodge. The facilities are subtly exquisite with a pool right in front of the view of the passing game.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Room Tip: A definite plus is being able to access the national park from the lodge. This saves time and money.
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Responded 19 Aug 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! We are pleased that you enjoyed our camp and had a wonderful time and thank you for letting us know how much you liked the game drive. Being a remote bush camp, it is always nice to hear feedback from our guests that appreciate what the wild offers.
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Lenka D wrote a review May 2023
Beroun, Czech Republic17 contributions14 helpful votes
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This lodge is perfectly run, they went out of their way to accommodate us in every way. We wanted low carb meals, we got them. The chef's cooking was excellent. We ask them what to see, they fulfilled our wishes. The hotel manager always greeted us with a smile and reassurance if we needed anything else, she is extremely capable. Everyone is kind and helpful, they looked after us like children on our holiday. We were amazed by the surrounding nature and animals. The lodge is cleverly part of the surrounding landscape and nature. From the restaurant terrace we watched a hippo grazing, various species of antelope, a troop of monkeys, many species of birds. At night, lions roared in the distance. We can only recommend the lodge.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 29 May 2023
Dear Vlastimil and Lanka, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. It was a pleasure having you and our joy in making it special. We look forward to having you back with us either during dry season or rainy season where it is exceptionally good for birding. We think you will love our river safari.. It will be a limited number of guests so we can give you a more exclusive experience to enjoy nature at its most beautiful! See you soon. Travel well! David, Victoria, Nicol, Emmanuel, Tyson and the Zikomo Team
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Desiree L wrote a review Jan 2023
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The trip I took to Zikomo Safari was worth every single minute, I don’t even know where to begin. My stay was a little over a week long in one of their chalets. Every morning we would wake up bright and early to the sound and very often the sight of wildlife, and a campfire breakfast. Every day was a new adventure. At breakfast there were always new groups of people that had just arrived from anywhere in the world and all walks of life. How wonderful it was that in that moment we found ourselves all there, together, in Zambia! All of the staff were extremely nice, It was so wonderful to get to know them, they were all amazing at everything they do. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, passionate, and personable. We would go on two drives a day each time about 4 hours long in between which we would find a nice spot and have tea time/coffee/surprise snack by the chef and the later outing a sunset drink with a snack. During the mid day break back at the camp we loved just hanging out in the outdoor lounge area and have what became our favorite drink. If you have never put fresh mint inside your ice cold fresh squeezed lemonade…you better start. The adventure was never short of wildlife (lions, leopards, elephants, baboons, hyenas, zebras, giraffes, impalas, and so so much more). I took about 4,000 photos by the end of my trip, that isn’t even an exaggeration, I am so glad I brought extra memory cards. All of the food was incredible at Zikomo safari, I highly enjoyed the night we had a traditional Zambian meal. Almost all the veggies in the dishes are grown right there in the camp, very fresh. I highly recommend also visiting the nearby city, beautiful artists, wonderful people, and great food. All the photos attached are at Zikomo Safari.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 15 Jan 2023
Thank you for such a lovely review! Having young people come to the camp is thrilling for us as they are ambassadors to the world about wildlife and our need to protect it. The staff and management remember you well and all send thanks and hope that we see you here again!
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Mikuláš B wrote a review Dec 2022
Piran, Slovenia5 contributions2 helpful votes
Our stay in Zikomo Camp in the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa was the highlight of our Zambia and Malawi trip. As we can compare it to other camps in Zambia or Malawi, Zikomo is a professionally run camp with delicious food, comfortable bungalows and friendly, hospitable and always helpful staff. Not mentioning the main purpose of the trip - the abundance of stunning wildlife, often even possible to watch straight from bungalows! Zikomo management puts an emphasis on professional services, guests safety, excellent food and unforgettable safari trips. The food and its variety was absolutely amazing and we were always surprised how the chef can prepare 5 stars-like "haut-cuisine" in the middle of bushes! Incredible. From our experience, the Nsefu area is a less touristic area of the South Luangwa national park. We rarely saw any other cars during both morning and afternoon safari rides. It is even more surprising, given that our guide was always able to show us the breathtaking Zambian fauna including among others wild dogs, lions, leopards, giraffes, hyenas, buffalos, zebras and hundreds of hippos. In the evening we even once spotted a porcupine! This is our third time stay in Zikomo Safari and our family and friends that we travelled with were always very pleased with the experience. I can recommend Zikomo Safari to everyone who is looking for a natural paradise with top services and extremely helpful, professional and pleasant staff. We are definitely coming back again. Thank you Victoria, David and all Zikomo people !
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 25 Dec 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to give us this wonderful review. But thank you even more for coming back a third time to Zikomo. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
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DaysInTheSun wrote a review Dec 2022
Oakland, California
First of all, I wish I was there, right this minute. My friends and I had an outstanding time, and were already talking about returning before we left! The managers and staff made us feel so welcome. If there was anything I needed during the course of a day, they went out of their way to provide it. I've traveled a good amount throughout Central and East Africa and this is one of those camps you simply feel at home, even though you're out in the wilds of Africa. I loved my accommodations, especially enjoying the first view of each day as I stepped out the door, a view that often included wildlife from hippos to elephants. And staff were always nearby to ensure that I felt safe. The meals were outstanding, throughout the day, every day. And then there's the main reason we all go to Africa, to see the iconic wildlife. I was blown away by how close they could be found to camp, every day, and how healthy so many of the populations were. Within a ten minute drive of camp, we saw giraffes, many of them, impala, hippos, and elephants. All just ten minutes away! Going a bit further, we often saw lions, either relaxing, on the move, or feeding. Our guide not only knew exactly where to go each day but had an encyclopedic knowledge of everything we saw from termite mounds to the habits of hippos. He was excellent, with a capital "E" and a very likable soul. And then there's the river. What a beautiful setting for a visit to Africa! Almost every day, we enjoyed watching the sun go down across the water, as we took in our sundowner break. To finish this review up, I'll add that we also made a visit to the nearby village. There we loved our visits with children and teachers at the school, and, with several women who were busy sewing in the new Women's Center. We learned that these programs and several others were the result of efforts generated by a U.S. organization called Nsefu Wildlife Conservation Foundation. I've already made a donation. So as I said, I wish I was there right this minute. The day is coming, and I'm sure looking forward to it, to returning to Zikomo.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 09 Dec 2022
Coming from a worldwide elephant photographer for conservation, we thank you for bringing a group here, bringing joy to the camp and writing such a thoughtful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Come home (back) soon!
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Janine C wrote a review Dec 2022
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Whether you travel solo or with friends or family, Zikomo Safari Camp is the perfect place to experience life in the African Bush! The owners and the members of the staff are friendly. The guides are very knowledgeable about the area, the wildlife and every day life in Zambia. There are plenty of wildlife (elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, hippos, etc.). The day usually starts early with a wholesome breakfast in the boma followed by a morning game drive. After lunch you are free to relax by the pool or in the lounge, watching the elephants walk by. In the evening, a game drive and sundowner in the bush followed by a Zambian dinner on the deck is the perfect way to celebrate all you have experienced during the day. Finally, laying in bed listening to the animals feeding around your chalet, you fall asleep knowing you will have no problems getting up at 5 am to do it all over again.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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1nic2015 wrote a review Dec 2022
Munich, Germany58 contributions8 helpful votes
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Amazing place in Zambias South Luangwa. I am highly recommending Zikomo Safari Camp to anyone travelling solo, as a group or family and want to experience the real African Bush .It's authentic, real and warmly welcoming their guests. Safaris: Excellent sightings (Lion, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Buffalos, Elephants, Hyenas, Hippos, Thornicraft Giraffes,...). Guides with great passion, knowledge about wildlife, flora & fauna, patient and happy to answer any question. The food: Breakfast served at a traditional Boma - fantastic, Lunch & Dinner at the Deck. Every meal more than enough and super delicious. Rooms: Rooms are clean, some even have a outdoor shower. Laundry service was done in less than 24 hrs. Pool always available & clean I really enjoyed my stay and will definitely come back. Their latest addition, The Kauluzi house is phenomenal and a must book next time I am travelling with friends & family.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 09 Dec 2022
Thank you for taking the time and effort to review us! We try to give a warm hospitality to our guests in an African style setting with the emphasis on the wildlife amid a comfortable, clean and safe environment. We hope to see you again!
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, Zikomo Safari Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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Yes, Zikomo Safari Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.