Reviews of Tafika
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A happy return to Tafika
This was our second stay at Tafika (one of only two camps to which we have returned during our ten visits to Africa in the past six years or so). And it was a very happy return for us. The team as a whole is absolutely first rate; the accommodation is excellent; the food is consistently delicious; and the wildlife is superb.
Throughout our four day stay we walked each morning then took a late afternoon/evening drive. This afforded us a fine balance in our activities allowing us to enjoy the abundant birdlife on the one hand (118 species seen and indentified) and the large mammals (notably leopards including three sightings of a young cub) on the other.
In short: highly recommended.
6th visit but this time in June
Once again the team provided a star stay for drives, walks, food and company.
For this our 6th visit we came in June to see the early season. Less animals as the grass is so high but more birds. We did see a leopard and her 6 month cub at night, but the lions were away chasing buffalo elsewhere.
The night is quite cold and needs a fleece for drives, but the day is glorious - clear, sunny and bright. It was well worth it as it is so different from the dry, hot September trips and the walking across the Luambwa was great.
Tafika is set in a beautiful location and is extremely well run by John and Carol Coppinger and the team. We had the most amazing time here and couldn't have been better looked after.
We thoroughly enjoyed the walking opportunities. The standard of guiding was excellent as were the safety procedures. Taking a microlight flight with John at dawn over the Luangwa river was pure magic! Everyone went out of their way to make our stay as special as possible and Brian took us on some amazing evening and night drives.
Our stay at Tafika was definitely the highlight of our trip and we will certainly return. Four nights was just not long enough, there is so much to do there. This is one of the most authentic camps we have stayed at in Africa.
Simply a lovely lodge. John and Carol (together with Heather and Rhona, and the other staff) create just the right combination of professionalism and relaxation. (Compare our comments on Nkwali)Read more about the whole safari
Wild dogs at Tafika
Long drive from the airport. The rooms are very open to the outside - a bit daunting to anyone of a nervous disposition, especially when hippos visit during the night and are only inches away from the pillows. Good walk-in mosquito nets.
Lack of electricity (so no fans) means it's difficult to keep cool - damp kikois are the answer. The microlight flight with John is well worth doing.
Bryan guided us on a wonderful morning when we "hunted" (and killed a puku) with a pack of 16 wild dogs - thrilling.
There were still lots of carmine bee-eaters at the hide - lovely.
Tafika is every bit as good as we remembered it and we were so warmly welcomed back. The Coppingers are the most charming hosts and we also loved Heather, who gets everything on the hospitality side absolutely spot on. The atmosphere is so welcoming and relaxing, the location is stunning, lodges so comfortable and well maintained and the balance between comfort and fitting in with the environment is perfectly struck. Tafika is magical.
And so is the food. Rhona and her team create the most delicious and interesting meals, I will remember them for a long time.
We enjoyed some day and night drives - one with Isaac Zulu, whom we first met 30 years ago - and the walk with Bryan for two of us was much enjoyed. Our other guides were also delightful and knowledgable. The only bad thing is having to leave.
super time at Tafika
Guiding, food and company were excellent as usual.Read more about the whole safari
A truly inspiring camp! We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Mkasanga village and school which Tafika supports through the Tafika Fund and would urge other guests to go to see another perspective of life in the bush. It seems that Tafika really makes a difference to the lives of people here.
In my mid-70s, I had my first flight in a microlight - a wonderful experience with exceptional views over the Luangwa.
I completed the Tafika review earlier. [Ed: See below.]Read more about the whole safari
I reviewed Tafika earlier. [Ed: See below.]Read more about the whole safari