Welcome, and zikomo (thank you) for taking the time to visit our website. By visiting this page, it simply means you are ready for the experience of a lifetime, a bucket list must, an African safari.
Now, fifty years ago that meant you were going to shoot the ‘big five’ which consisted of; lion, Cape buffalo, rhino, leopard, and elephant. In the twenty-first century going on safari means witnessing and photographing wildlife and birds in their natural habitat with many of the comforts of the modern world. And if you are going to Africa to see wildlife, then Zambia is the country to go to; with over 400 species of birds, herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra, and lions, leopards and hyena tracking them, it is literally the best of Africa.
The title of the review, Cued Mille Failte is a traditional Scots welcome which translated to English means a ‘hundred thousand welcomes’. And that is what we got when we visited Zikomo.
The Macdonald clan stayed at Zikomo for 4 days and nights in early September. We cannot speak highly enough of the camp and the very warm welcome from owners Victoria and Demian, Manager Zick, administrator Beauty and all the staff.
We learnt of the challenges faced in establishing the camp and the ambitious plans to consolidate and, over time, expand. What began as perhaps a lifestyle choice by the Wallace family has grown into something more profound, to include the creation of jobs for the local community, a sanctuary for wildlife and of course a base from which visitors like us can experience first hand the beauty, richness and solitude of the Nsefu sector, part of the famous South Luangwa National Park.
There are very few camps or lodges in South Luangwa that cater for self drivers and campers like us and to my knowledge Zikomo is the only one in the Nsefu sector. What made Zikomo so different is warmth of the welcome and of course the first rate facilities on offer for a very modest charge. So, in addition to the name ‘Zikomo’, which translated from Chichewa means ‘thank you’, the phrase ‘Ceud Mille Failte’ will always be at the forefront of my mind.
Do please visit, either as visitors to the newly built lodges (5 and plans for a further 5) or to the very well appointed campsite overlooking the Luangwa. The owners and staff deserve our support for the great things they are doing. ‘More power to their elbow’ as they say in Scotland and thank you once again for your hospitality and kindness.
We stayed at Zikomo during August 2013 for six nights. It was our first time in Zambia and what a delight it was to enjoy South Luangwa from the edge of the river at Zikomo. Victoria, Demian, Zick and co were all very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We had a great camping spot under the big tree with views across the river. We did a guided morning walk and an evening drive with Zikomo both of which were excellent, seeing elephant close up in the morning and Leopard in the evening. For the rest of the stay we did our own self drives in the park and it was quiet, with few other vehicles so it felt as if we had the whole place to ourselves. Zikomo is just far enough away from the other camps to really feel as if you are in the bush on your own. Zikomo really does tick all the boxes and South Luangwa is the most stunning National Park. We will be back
Zikomo camp is a true nature with magnificent camping spots along the riverside. You can visit the national park or stay at your leisure in front of your tent and see the buffalo and elephant strolling in front of you. You can hear at night the sound off Africa; roaring lion!
The staff is amazing. Friendly and helpful. The bartender Anton takes care of your cold drinks. Bushwalks with experienced guides. What can you ask more? We are coming back!
Harry and Maria, the Netherlands
Awesome – Zikomo is one of the best we’ve stayed in. The host is very welcoming and always helpful. Pity we never had the chance to enjoy drinks on the deck while watching the world going by because of our busy schedule.
Great place in awesome setting – We spend 6 nights in SLNP of which 2 was at Zikomo in the Nsefu sector. Would defenitely recommend spending more time in this section of the park. Game viewing in the Nsefu sector is amazing.