Tsika Island Camp
Mix a good dose of canoeing with a little bit of walking and a visit to the local school and community and you have a safari from Tsika Island Bush Camp. Located on the pleasantly remote Tsika Island, 35km from sister camp Chongwe, this simple and rustic camp is a pioneering community partnership project which gives $50 back to the local villagers for every guest who stays. Hop in your canoe at Chongwe, paddle upstream through a network of quiet watercourses and get back to basics and in touch with Mother Nature at Tsika.
At the lodge
In a grove of Albida thorns, the thatched main area is compact but fits the bill perfectly and is a cool and shady spot to rest weary arms and legs after a long day paddling. A highlight of the day is breakfast at the firepit on the riverbank where freshly baked bread is toasted the original way as the sun throws its first rays over the glassy surface of the water.
The 3 quirky Flintstone-style bush rooms are simple and authentic and have the essentials covered with big beds draped in mozzie nets, built in seating areas and big open ‘windows’ along the front for fabulous views over the lawns and down to the river. Water for the safari bucket showers is heated by a very effective wood-burning stove and there are even fluffy towels in bathroom too.
The main idea of a stay at Tsika is to allow full day explorations of the quiet channels by canoe. Up here, there aren’t many hippos in the water so canoeing in the watery world is serene and peaceful. Visits to nearby Mugurumeno school and the village on the mainland are inspiring and a good way to learn about the community partnership program. Walking and boating can also be incorporated into itineraries.