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.
Ms M - London
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Special

We only had one night here and would have loved to stay longer. It's a little bit of luxury in the wild.

The setting is beautiful on the banks of the river and the chalets are spaced out, very large and comfortable. The guests were treated like part of the extended family and it was easy to see why many guests return. The food was excellent, plentiful and varied; the service, personal, and the game drives a very high standard.

It's imposssible to say anything other than brilliant all round. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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Mr and Mrs C - East Sussex
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika

see earlier comments [Ed: see below!]

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Ms W from Austria
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic camp

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!

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Mr and Mrs C - East Sussex
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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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.

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Mrs S and family from Quebec, Canada
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great time

Please see previous review [Ed: See below for these travellers' comments from their first stay at Tafika, a few days earlier in their trip.]

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Mrs S and family from Quebec, Canada
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great stay

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.

Tough leaving...

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Mr & Mrs I from Cheadle
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

Not only is the guiding superb at Tafika but also the warm hospitality and stunning environment.

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Ms K & Ms R from Florida
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Mr M & Mrs D - Newmarket
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Christina & Loukas - Greece
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great hospitality

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!

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