LOCATION: Big Lagoon Camp, who together with it's Chikoko Tree sister-camp comprise Tafika Trails, offers unparalleled walking safaris. Located in a remote roadless section of the South Luangwa National Park, a few miles upstream from parent camp, Tafika, both Big Lagoon Camp and Chikoko Tree Camp are only accessible only on foot and offer a fantastic bush experience. Being exclusive walking camps with no other camps, vehicles or roads in the area, the minutiae of the bush come to the fore; the smells, the essence of the macro world and a sense of timelessness.
SETTING: Big Lagoon replaced Crocodile Camp in 2022 and is nestled amongst huge ebony trees overlooking the iconic and vast Big Lagoon and its numerous visitors.
ACCOMMODATION: This intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of six guests in three authentically rustic, thatch chalets with comfortable en suite facilities including flush toilets and hot water provided upon request for the safari showers. The camp is rebuilt annually out of natural materials. Bookings of 4 guests may request exclusive use of Big Lagoon Camp at no extra cost if the camp has no other bookings at the time of confirmation.
HIGHLIGHTS: With no other camps, vehicles or roads in the area, guests can expect an exceptional wildlife experience as they are immersed in the idyll of remotest Africa. In true Remote Africa Safaris style, expect excellent guiding, warm hospitality and delicious food prepared in our bush kitchen.
ACTIVITIES: There are no roads in this remote area and all activities are done on foot, following existing animal trails through pristine wilderness. Morning walks are generally ca. four hours long with frequent stops for the guide to point out spoor and share the secrets of the bush. Guides consider the abilities of the group to ensure the comfort of all guests throughout. Guests enjoy exceptional sightings of buffalo in their hundreds, family herds of elephant, dazzles of zebra and towers of giraffe. Lion are tracked along well-worn animal trails and are often observed without their knowledge. Kudu and roan antelope may be seen later in the dry season when animals congregate around the last remaining water source - the Luangwa river. Thanks to the pristine nature of this area, the birdlife is also abundant with over 460 species recorded.
CHILD POLICY: Children 12 years and older welcome at Chikoko Tree and Big Lagoon Camps.
GETTING THERE: Transfers are available from Mfuwe airport (1.5 – 2 hr drive, incl. in rates) OR 15min flight Mfuwe airport - Mwanya (optional extra) AND then it's a 30min drive, river crossing via canoe and a 10-30min walk into camp.
OPEN: 1st June – 31st Oct.