Tafika

Reviews of Tafika

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Below are independent comments from 159 of our travellers who have visited Tafika, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr W & Mrs Z from the Netherlands
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Tafika review

Clearly a camp run by the same people for many years, which is an advantage in this case. Well-run by John, Carol and Brian, who are still passionate after all these years, this camp has some extras such as a microlight and a fanatic birder (Brian). To us, being interested in birds, this was a nice asset

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Mr B - London
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

As usual, everything was first class, from the friendly, informal greeting, making you feel instantly at home, the quality of the rooms, food etc.

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Ms B - Herts
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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What a great safari experience at Tafika

Had an amazing time at Tafika, great guides taking you out and then the best of hospitality when you return to camp.

Microlighting at sunrise is one of the best expereinces ever.

We loved it but I would say its not for those who don't like insects or for those on a first safari.

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Mr & Mrs S from Chichester
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good variety of game

John and Carol are good hosts and have created a very pleasant environment.

This is generally a strong camp which we enjoyed, although we felt that a couple of the staff were perhaps ready for the end of season! We did however very much appreciate their flexiblility when we needed to change the itinerary around.

The terrain is varied and, in addition to good leopard and lion etc, we enjoyed the flocks of crowned crane, our first oribi and a best ever serval sighting. Brian was a good guide. The night drives are particularly rewarding, while the microlight flight with John is just not to be missed....

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Mr N & Ms S from London
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Microlight Highlight

Our stay at Tafika was excellent in every respect - the highlight being the dawn microlight flight which offered a whole new perspective (even relative to balloon safaris).

John and Carol and their team really make their guests feel at home. Great atmosphere, excellent food and really nice people.

Both walking and game drives were expertly guided - underlined by the fact that we found leopards on seven of our eight outings (although our first ever elephant shrew sighting was also a high point).

All in all, srongly recommended.

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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3rd visit and still wonderful

The range of activities and the experience of the guides makes this our top choice in S Luangwa.

Facilities are effective and unpretentious, but the food and help is excellent. John & Carol always make us feel very welcome to their home, and we are pleased that the local school is benefitting from their support.

It is a fine centre for walking safaris as each bushcamp has its merits but also has the same high standard of service & food and more than adequate comfort. The number of guides available means that we can always do what we want, without having the tedious business of gaining agreement for one activity which is what happens at some other camps.

After 3 visits we love this place and hope to return.

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Mr & Mrs H from Lancs
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

Could not fault anything abou our stay here.

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Ms. W and Ms. T - London
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Will be back!

A new camp for me and one that I would love to visit again. John and Carol are fantastic hands-on hosts and the whole team was terrific. It's obviously a very happy workforce! We were guided by Bryan, Stephen and Alex and they were excellent.

Tafika is very well laid out and we loved the space and distance between the chalets. I also liked the little hide. The security provided at night by the night watchment was much appreciated as the layout and nocturnal visitors can be a little tricky.

I can't believe I did a microflight trip given the vertigo I usually suffer from. but John inspires total confidence - and I liked it so much I did it again the next day!

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Mr W & Ms W from Netherlands
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Relaxed atmosphere at Tafika

The staff and the management really made us feel like part of a family right from the start when we where warmly welcomed by Heather. We felt very sad to have to leave after our three nights here.

Our guide, Mukupa, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had a lot of fun together and saw many special things (the highlight must have been the wild dogs - third sighting at Tafika this season).

Also, seeing the Luangwa from the air in a microlight was very special. Doing so with someone who knows the area as well as John is a great privilege.

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Mr & Mrs H from Bedford
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

Tafika is a great place where to start. The night drives are amazing and the guides are very experienced. All activities were very well handled, guides and staff always present but not overwhelming. The wildlife is ubiquitous,....., including in the camp. We saw a leopard every night (not in the camp) , I understand we were lucky.

Only one disappointment. The food was really average and we were expecting less chicken, minced meat, vegetables in jelly, lasagnas and stews and more "real meat".

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