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About us

Who we are

When Regula and Jens met for the first time in Cape Town in 2004 they never had imagined that a few years down the line their love for Africa would lead them building their very own lodge in South Luangwa Nationalpark, Zambia.

Their first trip to Cape Town led to countless road trips throughout South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania and Madagascar. The experiences in these countries further deepened their love for Southern Africa, its people, the flora and fauna. They had travelled all over the world, but they always found themselves back in Southern Africa every year!

Every time they had to leave, they always thought to themselves how great it would be to run a business in Africa and do something that they would both be passionate about.

When they got married in 2013, they didn’t even had to think twice about where they were going to spend their honeymoon. They wanted to experience Africa in a different way and decided to take a motorbike trip through Africa.

Three memorable months and 6000 kilometres later, they had travelled from Namibia to Zambia, then further to Malawi and Tanzania. Basically, from the Atlantic to Indian Ocean.

They met their future business partner, Josephat during their stay in South Luangwa. He had been their private safari guide for a few days. Josephat's vast knowledge, not only about the park but also the wildlife, impressed them immensely. They shared their vision with him and after many intense discussions; they knew that Josephat would be the right person to partner with.

The idea of their own Safari Lodge was starting to become a reality!

We are Chikunto

Jens Kant

Director | CEO

With over 20 years in the software consulting and development business, Jens is embracing his new challenge as a safari lodge owner. This offers a wonderful platform for him to broaden his horizon and apply his business acumen within the safari industry. Based in Germany, Jens travels to Chikunto Safari Lodge as often as possible.

Regula Burkhalter

Former Director | Marketing & Reservations

Chikunto Safari Lodge is dedicated, in loving memory, to Regula. Tragically, just weeks after the opening of the lodge in April 2018, she was struck down by a sudden illness. Regula was the inspiration for Chikunto Safari Lodge.

Jens, Gareth and the whole Chikunto team on site ensure that her legacy lives on.

Gareth Jones

Director | Sales and Marketing

Brought up in Africa, Gareth brings with him 20 plus years’ experience in International Hospitality. Focused primarily on looking after our international clients and Tour Operators, he possesses a genuine passion to extend to a wider audience the life-changing memories that an African Safari and a stay at Chikunto Safaris will bring.