CAMP CO-ORDINATES: S 11°37’21.63″ E 032°1’52.21″
Chikolongo campsite is on the escarpment, three kilometers from Mano Gate, the north western gate of the North Luangwa National Park. The camp is situated within a rich, Miombo woodland, close to the source of the Mwaleshi river. This rocky stream offers a pristine view and is the perfect spot for a quick swim to cool off, though caution must be taken to ensure no crocodiles have wandered upstream. A small trail alongside the river provides a pleasant, scenic walk and offers some good birding opportunities. Kingfishers dart along the clear stream, double collared sunbirds and arnots chat are some species to be found. Day drives into the North Luangwa National Park can be enjoyed through this remote and rustic part of the valley. The park is known for its impressive herds of endemic Cookson’s Wildebeest, spotted hyena packs and healthy lion prides.
The campsite comes equipped with a Flush toilet, wash basin and shower. All are fed from a drum of water which is filled by hand. The two caretakers will arrange hot showers on request and provide a campfire in the evening. They are happy to help with other camp chores should campers wish to make an independent, private arrangement with them.
Chikolongo camp is open annually from 15 June – 30 October.
Group rates apply from $70 upwards per night.