Reviews of Tafika
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Tafika has to be one of our favourite lodges. The setting is beautiful, the owners John and Carol run things very efficiently along with their dedicated team of staff. The staff team are extremely welcoming and you are always made to feel 'at home'. The activities are fantastic with a very full range of choices including walking, driving, biking, and micro-lighting. There are now options for very interesting day trips as Tafika has it's own aircraft and pilot. Everyone is very knowledgeable and happy to share this with you, the guiding is first class. The food is always excellent.
We love the authenticity of this camp.and their commitment to the local community through the excellent work of the Tafika Fund.
If visiting South Luangwa we think Tafika is a must!
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Everything was excellent. The home backed bread and the fresh fruits from the garden were very good. Tip: They could be used for a tasty smoothie as well.
The commitment of the guides was impressive.
Lots of different activities.
Microlight is great fun even for people who suffer from motion sickness.
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After our days on walking safari's ...this felt like coming home and luxury!
We can't say enough about Carol, Jen, John and Brian. Loved the dog too!
Extremely professional, accommodating... and Brian made sure to take us out on an amazing safari! Thank you.
Tafika is a wonderful camp right on the Luangwa River. We have been to many in southern Africa, and this and its sister camps stand out. They are owner operated, and the care that Carol, John and Bryan give is immediately apparent. They have a superb team so even if they were not in camp, you would still be warmly welcomed and treated exceptionally.
Each chalet at Tafika is beautifully built from natural materials, catering to every comfort without being over the top. The camp offers a variety of activities and each guest has the freedom to choose what they would like to do -- from game drives to cycling to walking to visiting the village. You are not required to "follow the group" which is a great plus. The evening drives are hugely interesting, and we were introduced to a number of nocturnal animals we'd never seen.
A tremendous morning activity which shouldn't be missed is microlighting with John. As someone who suffers from vertigo, I was slightly wary, but needn't have been. It is absolutely thrilling and gives a whole new perspective on the area.
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Excellent accommodations, superior service, warm and informative staff.
Really stood out as first class for those really interested in experiencing the true Africa
3rd visit, still awesome
They moved my walking days to coincide with another group, so I had 2 nights at Tafika before the walking camps and one after, which was fine.
This was my third visit to Tafika, and as ever the hospitality, guiding, food, rooms, and everything really was excellent. I love the family atmosphere, pets and all, of this place. It was lovely to see Jenny taking her place in the family business, and maybe look forward to being guided by her next visit now she has passed her exams........
The only minor gripe, and not sure if this should go under the Tafika review or the walking camps review, is that at the walking camps the noise from the microlight is quite audible which slightly spoils the wilderness feel. There isn't much that can be done about the noise level, but on my last morning walking back from Crocodile it was particularly noticeable as I think they were taking 7 people up. I think they need to think about limiting the number of flights in one morning, to minimise the disturbance at the walking camps.
A truly marvelous experience at Tafika!
Tafika was the best. We really liked the accommodations. The grass chalets were very comfortable and fun.
The entire staff were professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. They made our stay at Tafika special. We would like to mention each by name but there were so many and we would not like to omit someone due to our poor memory. We like that we had several different guides. Each brought his own unique perspective to the game drives and walking safaris. Their knowledge and passion for their work made our experience the best ever!
The food at Tafika was as good or better then most of the best restaurants to which we've been. Rona and her staff worked magic in their kitchen.
Lena enjoyed the microlight flight so much that she did it twice!
John and Carol run a very smooth and efficient operation. Quite impressive! We also appreciated how much they assist and support the local village and its people.