Tafika

Reviews of Tafika

Excellent(98%) From 269 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 269 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.
D party from Belgium
Arrived on: 17-May-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Very nice and perfect experience!!

Everything is so well organized! They pay attention of every detail!

We had a very nice and relaxed stay!

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Mr & Mrs W from W Sussex
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

Again the game viewing was a little disappointing and I think we spent too long each outing in riding around in a 4-wheeled drive

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Mr S from York
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great birding on the saltflats at Tafika

Our main guides Alex and Rory were excellent. During a trip to the saltflats with Rory we saw huge flocks of Crowed Cranes and several types of eagle (including the Martial) plus all four types of vulture you would expect in the region.We asked one morning if we may see a Purrple Crested Lourie and of course Alex found two for us.

The camp set up was good as in encouraged interaction between the guests, particularly drinks before meals where everyone mixed and the use of two round tables instead of one long table. The rooms were very good but the only adverse comment I would make was that because of their open aspect it was difficult to take a midday snooze without being pestered by insects.

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Mr & Mrs S from Berks
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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great viewings and good guide

Alex was an extremely good guide, good day and night viewings, lunch was very good but dinners not so good.

Good opportunity for microlight flight

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Mr & Mrs SA from Norfolk
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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We came back and nearly stayed for ever

No more words are needed........... just thanks to some very nice people.

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Expert Africa comments

These travellers stayed at Tafika at the start of their trip - 4-6 October. See below for their comments.

Mr & Mrs W from UK
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

Tafika is a really lovely location with friendly and efficient staff, a perfect venue to begin our safari experience with the bonus opportunity of a mircolite flight.

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Mr & Mrs SA from Norfolk
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Tafika experience is hard to beat..do it!

It is hard to be objective about the Tafika experince since everything was just so perfect. We were lucky/clever in going in October at the end of the dry season when all the game was close to the river. We thought that the staff might be a bit burnt out after months of clients but we could not have been more welcome if we had been the first clients of the year.

The guides and all the other staff were so attentive it was almost embarrassing. How the guides could explain the role of the sausage tree to us and make it fresh and exciting having done it a hundred times already was remarkable. While we expected the guides to specialise in a subject we were delighted that they all seemed to know the flora and forna in depth.

The food was amazing, so good, the rooms clean, fresh and inviting and the setting of Tafika just perfect. One reason that we had such a perfect holiday, saw so much game, had such interesting walking safaris is that Tafika has limited numbers, we think 12 clients at a time. We wanted a holiday Safari experience of a life time and we got it. Tafika is a premium experience but we would definitely say one gets excellent value.

The only problem we had during our stay was finding a plug to charge the camera!

We took a flight into Tafika instead of coming by road..........an excellent move and we suggest it to everyone.

In retrospect the game was a little too available [unafraid]........but I can not really believe that I am complaining!

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Mr & Mrs K from Maidstone
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

A great pleasure to return to Tafika where one is made to feel very much at home by the personal attention of John and Carol Coppinger and you are made to feel part of their bush home and life.

A slight downside is that the game drives tend to always go into the same direction as this is defined by their location at the top end of the viewing territory. On this trip, as we had not previously visited Nsefu or Tena Tena, we combined all three and this combined grouping did not produce enough variety of scenery or environment to be fully successful. (For example, by the end of our fourth day, which means 8 separate game drives, we had been to see the same group of mating lions eight times!).

I would not attempt to classify the rooms in terms of luxury accommodation as they are rustic and localised style but nonetheless are clean and comfortable for where we are.

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Mr & Mrs M from Nottingham
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika and environs

Lovely location overlooking the Luangwa River, excellent food and guides. In particular Rory (top birder) and Bryan added considerably to our growing understanding and appreciation of the animals and avifauna from their in depth knowledge.

Night drives exceptional, several leopard seen including one with a cub, serval, porcupine, and loads of civets and genets. Other guests saw honey badger aswell whilst we were there. My impression is the Nsefu sector has fantastic game day and night. John and Carol Coppinger were most hospitable and my complimentary microlight flight for adjusting our booking was very enjoyable. John might wish to know that my film proves conclusively the vulture nest is a that of a Lappet.

An administrative error - mix up caused a slight downer and some inconvemnience at the end of our stay but these things are usually one-offs and can happen anywhere from time to time. I have already recommended Tafika to friends and colleagues my comment of sans pareil (in my African experience to date) jotted in the guestbook is a fair reflection.

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Mr C from Canada
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika review

Tafika has everything. All of the staff at this lodge were great - helpful and friendly at all times. Very good leopard sightings, and excellent lion and serval sightings, as well as all other expected wildlife. Great birdlife as well. Guides were very knowledgeable and respectful for the welfare of the wildlife. An early morning ride in the microlight was a very unique treat and a highlight as well.

Meals were excellent.

I would love to visit this lodge again.

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