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Tafika Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 507 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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