Reviews of Tafika
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Tafika was definitely one of the best camps I have ever been in Africa. Its name means: We have arrived, which fits perfectly. The is expertly managed by the owners Carol and John together with their team. I particularly liked the reed and straw-structure of the huts, which are built and decorated with a lot of attention to details. Unsurprisingly, most of the guests were repeating guests, some of them had even been returning for years.
My mom particularly liked the joint dinners under the stars, the game walks and, of course, the morning microlight flight with John, which was fantastic.
Wildlife was amazing, especially the birding (including hundreds of crowned cranes and a purple crested turaco), leopards, lions and huge herds of buffalo coming to the river to drink.
The guides at Tafika deserve a special appreciation. Especially Alex. It was fascinating to see how - thanks to his great passion, experience and intuition - he managed to position us perfectly each time to watch the most amazing wildlife spectacles unfold right before our eyes. This included a huge buffalo herd appearing on the horizon in a cloud of dust and directly approaching is in our car, watching a lions' hunt and kill at night, a cloud of thousands of red billed queleas dancing in the sunset while we were having sundowners on the river bank and witnessing a very interesting baboon interaction involving a baby baboon left behind on a tree and finally being "saved" by his heroic father.
One thing that could be improved is that we would have preferred being assigned one guide for our entire stay at Tafika. It would make the experience even more personal and informative, as the guide would know exactly, which places we had already been to, what we had seen and which stories and information we already knew.
I hope that we will have the opportunity to come back to Tafika or its sister camp im North Luangwa NP, Mwaleshi Camp!
Tafika is Tafika (We have arrived!)
Second visit to Tafika and how marvellous to see so many familiar faces, old hands as well as those who, three years ago, were studying hard for their Guide exams and have now passed.
There are many great camps in South Luangwa but none has the "family warmth" of Tafika - John, Carol and Jenny with old hands Bryan, Heather and Rhona together with all their most excellent staff generate a fantastic feeling of welcome, warmth and well being. We should love to be able to mention all the staff by name but are happy to claim old age and to say - Thank you to all.
Please see previous review [Ed: See below for these travellers' comments from their first stay at Tafika, a few days earlier in their trip.]Read more about the whole safari
We loved the family chalet, the family atmosphere, the amazing bushcamps. We switched and stay an extra day (3 nights instead of 2) in the bushcamps. Our family of our was the only guests during our time in the bushcamps: magical and intimate.
We enjoyed speaking to John, Carol, Jenny and to all the guides who shared meals with us. Alex was great on the walking trails!
The food was great and the fresh salads and vegetables appreciated. I ate a bit too much cake and dessert during the meals and tea breaks.
We all did the microlight, some bicycling and visited the village. So many smiling children.
Not only is the guiding superb at Tafika but also the warm hospitality and stunning environment.Read more about the whole safari
Lovely camp and great guides
On our 90-minute drive from Mfuwe Airport with guide Lloyd to Tafika, we saw enough wildlife to make our visit worthwhile. And that was just the beginning.
Owners, John and Carol Coppinger, are clearly pros who know how to run a camp. They have high standards, and this is reflected in the quality of their staff and guides. We had good game drives with Makubu and Amon, and especially enjoyed our time with Bryan, whose amazing leopard sighting and pursuit was the wildlife highlight of our trip.
Vegetarians will delight in this camp. Because Carol is a vegetarian, most dishes served were without meat. The food was perfectly adequate--not often delicious but good enough and always nutritious.
The camp was very congenial, with good opportunities to meet and chat with others around the campfire, the bar, and the dining table.
Such a great start to our Honeymoon in Zambia
Great start at the airport, this was a sign of things to come. Micupa's greeting - helpful, warm and friendly. Exciting wildlife sightings along the way, and he shared his knowledge of these. We arrived at Tafika, and everything was just perfect and the whole experience just got better as the days passed by.
Tafika is in such beautiful and romantic setting. Having breakfast around a wood fire on a fresh morning, overlooking the river at sunrise, was divine.
Wonderful hospitality and lovely meals, we certainly did not feel second best being veggies. The enormous bed (with equally enormous mosquito net) and 'twin showers' were a treat.
Excellent game drives. Never more than four to a vehicle, everyone had uninterrupted views Fantastic wildlife experiences, with our guides sharing their vast knowledge.
The camp is located in a very beautiful surrounding with great views over the river.
The huts are very spacious and clean. The atmosphere is very friendly and you soon start feeling at home. The game drives and walking safaris are great and so is wildlife in and around the camp. The visit to the nearby village Mkasanga is a great experiece.
Definitely a place to go back to!
Couldn't be better!
We loved every minute at Tafika.
The microlight flight at sunrise, the staff, the setting on the riverbank, the gorgeous chalets, the beautiful food, the game drives, the walking safari with Bryan......just could not have been better! The visit to the local school was a very emotional event for us. And we even had one of the camp's cats share our bed, which we loved!
We only wish we could've stayed longer.
First time Africa, first time safari and by luck or good judgment or a combination of both, we chose Tafika.
I can only echo the superlatives already penned about this camp by previous reviewers. From the word go Tafika provided a seamless experience. We were won over by the warmth and friendliness of the whole team. In all respects quality and professionalism shone through in a happy, relaxed way.
All of our guides impressed us with their enthusiasm, knowledge and communication. Nothing was too much trouble. The meals were delicious and wholesome (the kitchen garden is well worth a visit), and the chalets large and comfortable. We took the opportunity to visit the village of Mkasanga which really enhanced our understanding of the area and how the camp fits into local life.
We would wholeheartedly recommend Tafika. The trouble is whether we will ever match the experience again.