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Tafika Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Camp-to-camp walking trails
- Day and night game drives
- Mountain biking
- Cultural village visits

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Overview

Situated on the west bank of the beautiful Luangwa River, Tafika is one of Zambia’s longest standing owner-run camps offering expert guiding coupled with high quality accommodation and service. This wildlife rich area boasts some of the finest leopard viewing around, as well as prolific sightings of antelope, elephants, and buffalo. Tafika is an intimate property with just six chalets, and a good variety of cultural and safari activities to enjoy. The camp is open during the May to November dry season, and is ideal for guests looking for a safari experience that’s slightly off the beaten path - this area sees very few other visitors.

The accommodation consists of six chalets which, despite their rustic reed-and-thatch construction, are not as basic as they might seem on first glance. Each chalet is built from natural materials and is designed to wrap around the trunks of the surrounding sausage trees. All chalets have en-suite facilities, and either twin or double bed formation. One of the six chalets is a honeymoon suite, and another is a designated family suite which is made up of two separate rooms comprising one king size bed and two standard doubles. The quality of the food really sets Tafika apart from other camps, since produce is home-grown in their own vegetable garden.

A variety of activities are on offer, with guided safaris taking place either on foot, in 4WD vehicles, or on mountain bikes. Night drives around the Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park are also available, offering the best chance to spot leopards. The birdlife is spectacular, and depending on the season, crowned cranes, yellow-billed stork colonies, or carmine bee-eaters might be seen. We recommend keeping an eye open for fishing owls which can be spotted year-round. Camp-to-camp walking trails are also possible between Tafika and its 2 sister properties, and Tafika's owner, John Coppinger, is one of the Luangwa's most experienced walking safari guides, so top notch expertise is guaranteed. The village of Mkasanga is also within walking distance, so guests can visit the school, and enjoy hearing the church choir sing as part of a guided tour.

Although the ideal minimum age for children at Tafika is officially ten years, the owners are happy to welcome younger children at their discretion, as they raised both their daughters here. However, since the camp is unfenced and game is free to roam, parents are advised to supervise their children at all times. Note that while some of the activities are suitable for children, younger family members must be at least twelve years old to participate in any kind of safari.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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