Reviews of Tafika
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Good variety of game
John and Carol are good hosts and have created a very pleasant environment.
This is generally a strong camp which we enjoyed, although we felt that a couple of the staff were perhaps ready for the end of season! We did however very much appreciate their flexiblility when we needed to change the itinerary around.
The terrain is varied and, in addition to good leopard and lion etc, we enjoyed the flocks of crowned crane, our first oribi and a best ever serval sighting. Brian was a good guide. The night drives are particularly rewarding, while the microlight flight with John is just not to be missed....
Our stay at Tafika was excellent in every respect - the highlight being the dawn microlight flight which offered a whole new perspective (even relative to balloon safaris).
John and Carol and their team really make their guests feel at home. Great atmosphere, excellent food and really nice people.
Both walking and game drives were expertly guided - underlined by the fact that we found leopards on seven of our eight outings (although our first ever elephant shrew sighting was also a high point).
All in all, srongly recommended.
3rd visit and still wonderful
The range of activities and the experience of the guides makes this our top choice in S Luangwa.
Facilities are effective and unpretentious, but the food and help is excellent. John & Carol always make us feel very welcome to their home, and we are pleased that the local school is benefitting from their support.
It is a fine centre for walking safaris as each bushcamp has its merits but also has the same high standard of service & food and more than adequate comfort. The number of guides available means that we can always do what we want, without having the tedious business of gaining agreement for one activity which is what happens at some other camps.
After 3 visits we love this place and hope to return.
Could not fault anything abou our stay here.Read more about the whole safari
Will be back!
A new camp for me and one that I would love to visit again. John and Carol are fantastic hands-on hosts and the whole team was terrific. It's obviously a very happy workforce! We were guided by Bryan, Stephen and Alex and they were excellent.
Tafika is very well laid out and we loved the space and distance between the chalets. I also liked the little hide. The security provided at night by the night watchment was much appreciated as the layout and nocturnal visitors can be a little tricky.
I can't believe I did a microflight trip given the vertigo I usually suffer from. but John inspires total confidence - and I liked it so much I did it again the next day!
Relaxed atmosphere at Tafika
The staff and the management really made us feel like part of a family right from the start when we where warmly welcomed by Heather. We felt very sad to have to leave after our three nights here.
Our guide, Mukupa, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had a lot of fun together and saw many special things (the highlight must have been the wild dogs - third sighting at Tafika this season).
Also, seeing the Luangwa from the air in a microlight was very special. Doing so with someone who knows the area as well as John is a great privilege.
Tafika is a great place where to start. The night drives are amazing and the guides are very experienced. All activities were very well handled, guides and staff always present but not overwhelming. The wildlife is ubiquitous,....., including in the camp. We saw a leopard every night (not in the camp) , I understand we were lucky.
Only one disappointment. The food was really average and we were expecting less chicken, minced meat, vegetables in jelly, lasagnas and stews and more "real meat".
We loved everything about Tafika.
The expertise of the guides was everything we'd hoped for; we enjoyed every single drive and walk and they contrived to make each one a different experience by rotating the guides and spotters and taking us to different areas. Because of the length of the drives, and perhaps because our stay was a bit longer than average, we really felt we got to know several of the guides well and to understand a bit about the lives of the local people from what they told us.
The accommodation was very comfortable and most attractive, the food was excellent, but most importantly the staff were uniformly friendly and helpful. Everyone was genuinely concerned when Alice was unwell for a couple of days (she had picked up a flu-type bug, probably on the plane) and found us appropriate medication, re-organised transfers to the bush-camp etc.
Tafika - Wow!
What a wonderful place - no other place has filled us with such happiness and such a desire to return! John and Carol are wonderful hosts and ALL the guides are "top notch" (Stephen, Alex and Brian) - good english (even Brian!), knowledgeable and, importantly, very helpful. Being met by Mkupa and Lloyd to canoe us across the Luangwa was a super experience.
Tafika rewarded us with the best game sightings of the holiday and also the longest drives.
The "house" staff also are great and we enjoyed our tour of the kitchen garden with Isaac!
A number of nice touches: purpose built steps to aid access to the jeeps - taken on trips when those less agile were aboard; light on in the bedroom on return from evening drives; Good electricity; super showers that really made one wet and warm.
The open grassy area gives such a wonderful feeling of space - one is instantly relaxed.
We loved the visit to the village and school - very moving.
Return to Tafika
Lovely welcome from Carol and John on our return after four years. They still run the camp in a relaxed and very efficient way with their great team. Rhona was exceptional in coping with my dietary requirements and produced a great variety of perfectly cooked meals.
The rooms are well-designed, comfortable and well-equipped with excellent showers and large mosquito nets which enclosed the whole sleeping area so there was no feeling of claustrophobia. The laundry service was superb, with clothes collected in the morning returned the same day.
The guides and spotters were all excellent. We particularly enjoyed the enthusiasm of Alex and Stephen. It was good to see Brighton again and enjoy his fire-lighting skills! It was great to be able to do guided walks, especially after crossing the river by canoe which added to the experience.
We appreciated being able to send emails and having Brian on hand to help with technical problems!
It was particularly good to have a closed vehicle to go to the airport - we saw others who didn't and they were very wet having come through a thunderstorm!
Unfortunately we were unable to take advantage of the microlight flights due to the cost of insurance investigated before we left home.
Thankyou to everyone for a memorable visit to Tafika and for the great care you took of us.