Tafika

Reviews of Tafika

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Below are independent comments from 159 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 & Mrs B from Dersingham
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika - our first experience of Zambia

Tafika is a wonderful place and all the staff worked hard to make us feel at home. The meals were varied and of very high quality. We appreciated the use of fresh ingredients from their garden. Our chalet had a superb view of the river. The bedroom is spacious, and the bed very comfortable.

Thank goodness we had been warned about a possible night visit from their cat - otherwise it would have been very scary!

The wildlife experience was magical. The hippos sounded so close to our chalet because they were - grazing just inches behind our bedhead during the night!!

We chose Tafika because of the possibility of microlight flights over the bush - a thrilling experience not to be missed.

The game drives were very productive - every one brought something new and each drive was well interpreted for us by the various guides. Tafika's policy is to rotate the guides. The downside of this is that explanations and descriptions are repeated, but the plus side is getting their range of expertise. A highlight was an excellent daytime sighting of a leopard which Stephen spotted from an amazing distance then got us close enough for photography. On one night drive we were lucky to get a good sighting of a Pel's Fishing Owl. On other nights we saw a lion kill at close quarters and found serval - a real treat.

The new carmine bee eater hide was well worth a visit, though they agreed that a little more screening would allow access with less disturbance to the birds (it might have been done by now!)

We must repeat our thanks to Heather, who sorted out a little hiccup with our travel arrangements!

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Mr T & Mr L - New York
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Lovely owner run camp

We had first visited Tafika back in 2003 and having been back again, I wondered why it took us so long to return.

This remains one of my favourite camps; charming, well run with great personal service led by John and Carol who were excellent hosts. Guiding (Brian and Greg for us) was excellent and the fact that we had the same guides as we had in 2003 speaks volumes for the loyalty this camp generates.

It's also nice to mix the guides up a bit and hand the tip to Carol for everyone rather than person by person. As to game, we saw some lovely leopard, serval and lion as well as some huge herds of buffalo and all the “usual” stuff.

The rooms were very spacious and comfy with hot water on tap and the food (thanks to Rhona) was good too. And the microlighting was a lot of fun too!

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Mr & Mrs I from Cheadle
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Hello again Tafika

Tafika felt like a metropolis after just 3 nights away! [Ed: Relative to Tafika's bushcamps!]

Interesting to have a different experience, albeit as wonderful, as the guests were different - interesting! A second night would have been good.

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Mr & Mrs I from Cheadle
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

As safari novices we were bowled over by the welcome and patience at our ignorance. We were definitely slow learners at remembering what we had seen and identifying it next time!.

We were astonished at the level of comfort and attention to detail which surpassed any expectation we may have had.

Superb surroundings, excellent company and outstanding food were the icing on the cake.

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Dr & Mr G - Bangor, Wales
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

Tafika is lovely - it has a great open setting on the river bank, with daybeds to chill out on and watch the hippos. and sip a cold beer. The rooms are also open and you wake to the smell of the breakfast fire and shower under the stars. Be prepared to find that the cat has sneaked between the mosquito nets to curl up on your bed for the night.!

Great safaris with masses of wildlife and birds, spectacular sundowner spots and night drives . The trip to the village school was fascinating. Be prepared to dance! The microlight flight is well worth doing, and you can also go on bike rides . Dinner has a slightly more formal feel than in other camps, but the food is delicious, and there's a fire under the table to keep your legs warm!

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Mr & Mrs G - Sweden
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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NP shared with one camp is a great advantage

We had all the top guides, hence excellent guiding. The guides were very persistent during the drives, they never gave up. No lions but 3 leopard spotting, one cat chasing after pukus.

Tafika retained the feeling of Bush Camp, by being straight forward and unpretentious. A very relaxed atmosphere.
The staff was very accommodating.

We also enjoyed the "close" contacts with the hippos.

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Mr & Mrs VV- G from Belgium
Arrived on: 23-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

A Tafika meal is always a real treat : very fresh , abundant, great variety of dishes. Wonderful.

Tafika camp is even on a second visit largely living up to our (high) exspectations .
It became our bench-mark for safari lodges.

And off course the microlight flights ... !

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The H family from Cheshire
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika review

Outstanding. The location, food, guides, rooms and overall atmosphere are superb. It is difficult to imagine a better game lodge.

Considering it is in the remote bush, the meals were truly inspired.

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Mr and Mrs P from Volcano, USA
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika Camp Review

Excellent camp in a prime riverfront location away from other lodges. John and Carol are excellent hosts. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The camp and activities are all well run. Plenty to see and do, but also enough time in between to relax and enjoy the camp's beautiful setting.

The rooms were all thatch and reed, well spaced for privacy. Very comfortable.

Meals were excellent, especially all the fresh vegetables from the camp's garden. Time at camp was very friendly and relaxing, and John and Carol made you feel right at home.

Game viewing was good for so early in the season, and the guides knew the area very well.

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Mr & Mrs VV- G from Belgium
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

Super Excellent plus ! ! !

Personal contact with Carol John and Brian adds 200% to the charm of the camp.

Flying and walking was quite an experience.

Best ever of our trips to Southern Africa !

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