Tafika

Reviews of Tafika

Excellent(98%) From 233 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 233 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 H & Ms E - London
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Tafika review

Had our final night back at tafika after the walking camps.

It was an opportunity to learn about the work they do with the local community through the Tafika Fund.

We visited the local village and school and were inspired by the young people we met.

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Mr H & Ms E - London
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Back after 19 years and just as wonderful.

Like going back to welcoming old friends. Tafika has lost none of its friendliness and quality. It's unusual in that it remains a family run venture.

Its natural setting and simple reed huts is underpinned by an amazing infrastructure and attention to detail. Great food and great guiding. We appreciated the introduction of battery fans as it was 104 degrees in the middle of the day in October.

The night drives are a real treat. Saw Leopard and Porcupine as well as many many lions and elephants.

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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great place, great guiding, great place

Having been to Tafika many times before, everything there just suits us and meeting up with all the staff is like meeting friends.

John and Carol Coppinger have 'got it right'.

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Mr D. from Witney
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Traditional Tafika

The journey to Tafika from Mfuwe by road is quite long and uncomfortable in the heat of the day; had we known about the option to fly in, we might well have chosen that option as other guests on our Proflight aircraft did. We thought Tafika was delightful and our hosts could not have been more welcoming.

Our stay was marred by Judy feeling quite ill for 36 hours and unable to take part in all the activities but on the second day she was able to sit outside by the river and watch the wildlife, including quite remarkably, the birth of a young Puku - something the owners had not seen in the 40 years they'd been in Africa. The game drives were full of wildlife experiences including lions, elephants, leopards and many species of birds - fantastic photographic opportunities.

The owners, Carole and John, were very keen to ensure Judy was taken good care of and did their very best to get appropriate food and drinks for her. In the end, a doctor who was visiting another guest checked her over and assured us that it was nothing serious and that she would recover, which she duly did.

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Dr & Mrs S - Cheshire
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 8 nights
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Our favourite lodge

We've travelled across much of southern and eastern Africa, and Tafika remains our favourite destination with just the right combination of professional excellence and family friendliness.

Thanks (again) for the birthday cake and serenade.

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Mr V from Birmingham
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Return to Tafika

Again there is impressive guiding as usual; the important part is continuity at the Coppinger's camp. It is really impressive that the key staff are still present from my first visit 9 years ago. The store of experience and knowledge must be almost without challenge. I suppose this is shown by the number of returnees after their previous experience.

I do think that there is some restrictions as to where one can drive to view the game; the Salt Pan route appeared to have problems with mosquitos and tsetse fly and so visits were not frequent.

As usual the river though provided a pleasing focus, for sunsets.

Mona's food was excellent -- particularly lunch.

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Ms B from Cambridge, MA
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika Review

Tafika has a lovely setting on the banks of the Luangwa River. The chalets are attractive and roomy. They are thatched and open at all times, with mosquito netting around the beds at night. This means that you will find more than the usual number of insects and other critters (e.g., mice, dragon flies, small frogs, small snakes) in your chalet.

The owners, John and Carol Coppinger are very gracious and good hosts, joining their guests for most meals. The staff is attentive and helpful. The guides, led by Brian, are quite good. They don’t use radios in their vehicles (except for emergencies), so if one guide finds something of interest, there’s no way to share that information with the others. However, as Brian pointed out, without radios, the vehicles are quieter, and there’s no chance of the guides’ abusing their use.

The camp is located in the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa Park, and it seemed to me and my group that the area covered in the game drives is quite a bit less than at other camps (Kaingo and Mwamba, as examples). This led to our retracing our steps in almost every drive. Granted, you still see different things, but sometimes the scenery felt repetitive. That said, we did see a lot of different birds and animals.

Alex was our guide. He was easy to be with and very knowledgeable; however, at times he was unnecessarily aggressive with animals in order to get them to react (e.g., driving fast through a group of buffalo and again through a group of elephants). Also, the guides, as a group, seemed to be competitive toward one another, rather than mutually supportive as we found at other camps.

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Mr A. and family.
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Return to Tafika

My 5th visit standards remain very high and importantly for me the Team appears unchanged with the exception of the guiding by local Zambians which has materially improved a very positive development .The food provided was outstanding and better than I recalled .

It was the first time in Africa for my wife and she immediately felt relaxed with the very high professionalism of the whole team.

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Mr & Mrs A. from Bristol
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika review

This was the first safari lodge we had visited and was not disappointed.
Our lodge looked basic from the outside but when one entered it was quite luxurious.
All the staff were friendly, professional, and always available to help.The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and made our walking safari and game drives fun and educational.

It would be remiss of me not to mention that we probably owe our lives to Steven and Justin, our guides, and Ronaldo our Scout. When we were charged by a very angry bull elephant it was only their quick thinking and training that kept us from harm. We had never run so fast in our lives.

The catering is absolutely incredible with every meal being a delight. How this is achieved in the bush I don't know. You do not lose weight at Tafika.

We enjoyed our time at Tafika and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody visiting South Luangwa.

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Mr & Mrs B from Dersingham
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Too short a time at Tafika

We had wanted to stay longer but when we were booking there were no more free places. It was disappointing to find when we arrived that those reservations had not been taken up, so in fact we could have stayed longer.

This was our third visit to Tafika and when we arrived we were greeted like old friends even though it was four years since we last visited. There were many familiar faces. One new face - Tatti - is a real asset to the camp, being friendly, engaging and pro-active.

The rooms, décor and routine were all comfortingly familiar - when something works so well you don't need to change it.

Guiding, as usual, from Bryan and Lloyd was of the highest standard.

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