Reviews of Tafika
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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.
Well run camp
Everyone personable and knowledgeable and guides were dynamite
Chalet was super
Food was great
Very good animal/bird concentratioon
Micro-light trip with John was awesome
Carol doing great stuff with community.
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.