Reviews of Tafika
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Luxury and birds' eye views in South Luangwa
We were given the best lodge - with 2 showers and an enormous bed. The food was superb and the guides excellent. The microlite flight was most interesting and unique to Tafika. The only downside for us was that the lamplight safaris went on too long and there was little to see.
The visit to the local village and school was much appreciated. It would be good to have other optional activities for people staying more than a couple of nights - we stayed for four.
Please see previous comments.Read more about the whole safari
What can we say except this ws paradise
From the minute we arrived until the minute we left we felt like part of a big family -everyone so caring/thoughtful! Food, service, rooms, safaris all outstanding.
The safaris were wonderful and again our requests to see specific animals were always honoured. Still have scars from tsetse flies but realised we should have realised we would be good targets and used stronger insecticide??
Everybody here seemed so happy and that rubbed off. The Coppingers are a most welcoming couple and the microlite flight was magical - John's a star!!!
John and Carol made us feel right at home and provided us with some terrific adventures.Read more about the whole safari
lions, lions, lions....
We had an unbelievable experience at Tafika. Staff/guides were highly professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. We saw a huge variety of wildlife - lions, elephants, hippos, leopards, hyena, ..... the list goes on. The 'camps' were comfortable, with great service and excellent food. Visit to the local village was informative. My wife also tried the microlighting and would recommend it highly!Read more about the whole safari
We spent 5 nights in total at Tafika and thoroughly enjoyed it. John and Carol were very welcoming and everyone worked hard to make our stay memorable. The guides were very flexible and worked to accommodate people's wishes eg. walks, drives, cycling or visiting the school.
We saw a lot of game including leopards several times in the day and night, lions several times, porcupine, hyena, lots of hippo, elephants, giraffe and antelope. The guiding was excellent, although at Tafika the focus on game drives tended to be the animals rather than the whole environment. We found that the walking camps therefore complemented our stay at Tafika really well.
The food was excellent and we could not believe the varied menu that they were able to produce from the kitchen. We stayed in two different chalets at the start and end of our trip. Both were very comfortable. The water was always hot! We would have been grateful to have been warned however that the elephants visited the tree next to No.2 during the night to eat the fruit, although this was a welcome surprise.
Another top place to visit
Of the six camps that we stayed at during our two week trip, Tafika was the only one where our family of five had other guests staying there at the same time. Having been to some very remote camps over the previous ten days Tafika seemed like being back in the hub of civilisation, even though Tafika is actually still very remote.
The game viewing was fantastic, with a pride of 17 lion being seen by us one evening. Our guides Rory and Brian were excellent, and we enjoyed meeting with John and Carol Coppinger, and Heather the camp manager.
Our visit to the local village was a highlight of the entire trip and our donation of some clothes, shoes, childrens books and toys was well received. Hopefully we will be able to send more things out to the Coppingers for them to distribute over the coming months.
We really enjoyed Tafika and thought that the guiding was excellent. We had Rory and his daughter Casey four times and they were great fun and very enthusiastic.
Unfortunately the animals were not very cooperative - everybody else saw lots of game we were just unlucky although we did see a leopard, spotted by Casey.
Unfortunately no walking as there was no scout available
A very well ran base safari camp and well set-up to function with the bushcamps of Chikoko and Crocodile.
These guys have some of the best and most experienced giudes in the area so you are assured of a good safari when you are here. Also excellent rooms, service and food. Covers all activities you would expect of a safari camp + microlight flights if you wish, but 15 minutes is a little short for time when you are in the air.
The highlight of our stay here was seeing 6/8 wild dogs who were passign though the are during one of our game drives.
Tafika - the leopard camp
The last drive at Tafika with the amazing leopard kill at close range has to be the highlight of our stay - is this down to having the boss John and his daughter Christina in our car? Christina certainly seemed to be extremely good at spotting. Everything was even better than before with some great walks with Brian and so much more game than last time - we felt really spoilt.
Stopping by the river to watch the herd of zebra as well as the fishing party of marabou storks on one day and then a family of elephants on the last day were 2 other highlights. And I won't forget the elephants munching on the tree attached to our chalet and the lion roaring right on the other side of the chalet wall either.
Everyone (staff and other guests) was great company at dinner and on the walks. The staff are a little less relaxed and generous with the dinner here than at the bush camps. The guiding was excellent and we also enjoyed a car to ourselves on 2 of the night drives.
I was a bit disappointed not to get the room I requested at the edge of camp.