Reviews of Tafika
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A wonderful camp with excellent guides fantastic wildlife, lovely hospitality and very attentive service.
However, why did we have to drive back to Mafue when Tafika has an air strip?
We lost 1.5 hours + 20 minutes from our holiday and had to pay airport tax. The driver spent 3 hours driving us to Mafue and then driving himself back (1.5 hours each way) and The pilot had to fly an extra 40 minutes since he had flown over Tafika to get to Mafue and then flew us back over it on our way out.
Niether we,Tafika and the pilot to understand why.
Expert Africa comments
We’re very pleased that these travellers enjoyed their time so much at Tafika – and particularly to hear that they actually witnessed a kill, which is a very rare occurrence! The guiding at Tafika is really superb!
With regards to the flight, sometimes the way we charter light aircraft may not appear to make any sense at all! Rest assured it usually does, but there are a lot of factors to take into account.
However, taking this traveller’s comments on board, we have implemented systems to ensure that where logistics work, we use an easier route for this flight in the future.
Tafika was the most welcoming and hospitable camp of our trip - with a lovely atmosphere, a beautiful location and excellent guiding and accommodation.
We were particularly impressed with the expertise and kindness of Heather and of (guide) Brian - plus with the fact that the entire family would join the guests for lunch every day. The microlight trips were a novel and enjoyable extra - and the flexibility of the camp made it seem a very personalised experience.
Very highly recommended.
Great stay at Tafika
The best place we have ever stayed with regards to welcome and care and food. A great family feeling prevails in this lodge.Read more about the whole safari
Our arrival and greeting by Isaac made up for the depressing wait at Lusaka Airport. We were impressed that although we had missed the start of the evening drive we were offered the opportunity of joining one - which we did! We benefited from one of the ladies celebrating her birthday as champagne was served as a sundowner.
As in all the previous locations we were greeted very warmly.
Very much warmer here.
We had drives with Brian and Alex, both of whom were excellent. Giant Eagle Owl and Barred Owl on the first night, then leopard, bushbaby and honey badger.
The food at Tafika (and Crocodile and Chikoko as well) was really, really good. The staff was very nice, and the guides were really good.
My one criticism of Tafika is that the rooms had bed-sized mosquito nets rather than larger walk-in mosquito nets that could include a table and a little walking room. I found the walk-in nets more user friendly.
We had a fantastic time at Tafika, the room was great, loved the outdoor shower! All the staff were very welcoming, Heather was a great hostess, Bryan a fantastic guide.
The food was great and all the staff were very accommodating with Barb's food intolerances (especially where we had not previously specified these.) We couldn't have wished for better time, shame we didn't have longer.
The only slightly down point was that we didn't get to do the microlight trip as John Coppinger wasn't there.
We had a wonderful 2 nights at Tafika, the rooms, the food and the staff were excellent. We had some great game drives and a interesting bush walk to the neraby Chikoko tree camp during which we had a close encounter with a couple of lions, safely managed by our local Scout.
Tafika, Chikoko and Crocodile camps are run by the same company and have breakfast (at 5.30 am) before going out on the morning drive or walk. Frankly my stomach doesn't wake up until much later than I do and after experiencing the after drive breakfasts at Mwamba and Kaingo camps I have to say I prefer the latter, with a light lunch early afternoon.
superb safari and a first-rate camp
A real gem - personal, indiviudal, idiosyncratic in a good way, very high guiding standards, excellent food, really nice staff, owner-managers added a personal dimension, plentiful game - all round a first-class safari experience.
Outstanding leopard sightings on night drive (and in daytime), crocodile meat-fest on dead buffalo, lion at night, porcupine, genet, civet, serval, elephant, huge buffalo herd, lots of antelope, kudu, etc. Loved the structure of the day - early wake up, breakfast round the camp fire on the riverbank, tea break in game drive, fabulous lunch, wonderful afternoon tea, sundowners, and very nice dinners.
The hosts were charming, the guides were great, everything was good.
Small quibble - the quality of the wine was poor, and worse than at the other camps.
Excellent point is that you feel you are very much included as part of the "family" - a very friendly environment.
We made a slight error in that as we were staying for 4 nights and only using the 4WD activities and as their 4WD journeys tend to go in the same direction from the camp there became a feeling of "repetitveness" . In view of this comment we feel that 3 nights is probably a better period for the current location if you are just using 4WD trips.
(There are other activities eg walking trips in addition to 4WD)
We will return.
Excellent - very friendly camp
Very impressed with what the Coppingers offer at Remote Africa. Tafika is a lovely camp, relaxed but also serious about what they are doing. Microlight flights offer a different dimension dimension - highly recommended.
At Tafika, best food we've had in the Valley - and that is saying something!