Tafika

Reviews of Tafika

Excellent(98%) From 161 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 161 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 C from Canada
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika review

Tafika has everything. All of the staff at this lodge were great - helpful and friendly at all times. Very good leopard sightings, and excellent lion and serval sightings, as well as all other expected wildlife. Great birdlife as well. Guides were very knowledgeable and respectful for the welfare of the wildlife. An early morning ride in the microlight was a very unique treat and a highlight as well.

Meals were excellent.

I would love to visit this lodge again.

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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great base camp

John & Carol run a truly professional and very friendly set of camps. Tafica is ideal to start with as you can get all the photos from close up to animals from the vehicules. Later in the bushcamp they are further away and not so easy - but different - to photograph. We felt folk who started in the bush camps took far too long with impossible photo attempts as they did not go to a base camp like Tafica first.

The staff are all excellent and unlike at Kaingo we got introduced to each and could readily chat with them. The microlight flight is a must and John was wonderful to let me fly it - for those with windsurfing experience it is much the same.
The only very slight -ve is that the evening/night drive at 4 hours is a bit long as not much happens from 1600 to 1700 before the sundowner. 3 would be fine.

The lodges and food were excellent, and the menus transferred to the bushcamps work really well.
The guides are all excellent and knowledgable. We much liked the rule that vehicules should not radio to each other so that animals were not tracked by more than 1 vehicule. cf. At Kaingo there were radio contacts all the time and once 5 trucks tracking 1 leopard and cub. We found this upsetting, noisy and totally out of keeping.

Although it was nice to see another safari operator we felt that Coppinger Safaris have it perfectly for base and bush camp combinations. The flights and handovers to Kaingo were organised well .

It is nice being so far North and away from other camps. I would guess Mfuwe camps would be all over each other in the Park, whereas we saw no one else. Now to see if June/July 2009 is possible visit in the "greener" season.

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Mr & Mrs M from Nottingham
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika and environs

Lovely location overlooking the Luangwa River, excellent food and guides. In particular Rory (top birder) and Bryan added considerably to our growing understanding and appreciation of the animals and avifauna from their in depth knowledge.

Night drives exceptional, several leopard seen including one with a cub, serval, porcupine, and loads of civets and genets. Other guests saw honey badger aswell whilst we were there. My impression is the Nsefu sector has fantastic game day and night. John and Carol Coppinger were most hospitable and my complimentary microlight flight for adjusting our booking was very enjoyable. John might wish to know that my film proves conclusively the vulture nest is a that of a Lappet.

An administrative error - mix up caused a slight downer and some inconvemnience at the end of our stay but these things are usually one-offs and can happen anywhere from time to time. I have already recommended Tafika to friends and colleagues my comment of sans pareil (in my African experience to date) jotted in the guestbook is a fair reflection.

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Four from Wokingham
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Tafika review

Another very enjoyable stay with the Coppingers in all three camps.

The food was reasonable and the staff and guiding was outstanding.

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Mr & Mrs B - Solihull
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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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.

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Dr. B & Dr. G - Cheltenham
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Tafika review

Please see previous comments.

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Mrs C - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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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!!!

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Mr & Mrs M from London
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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!

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The Crocodiles from Utah, USA
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

John and Carol made us feel right at home and provided us with some terrific adventures.

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Dr. B & Dr. G - Cheltenham
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika review

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.

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