Tafika

Reviews of Tafika

Excellent(98%) From 258 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 258 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.
Leopards from Cambridge
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika - the leopard camp

The last drive at Tafika with the amazing leopard kill at close range has to be the highlight of our stay - is this down to having the boss John and his daughter Christina in our car? Christina certainly seemed to be extremely good at spotting. Everything was even better than before with some great walks with Brian and so much more game than last time - we felt really spoilt.

Stopping by the river to watch the herd of zebra as well as the fishing party of marabou storks on one day and then a family of elephants on the last day were 2 other highlights. And I won't forget the elephants munching on the tree attached to our chalet and the lion roaring right on the other side of the chalet wall either.

Everyone (staff and other guests) was great company at dinner and on the walks. The staff are a little less relaxed and generous with the dinner here than at the bush camps. The guiding was excellent and we also enjoyed a car to ourselves on 2 of the night drives.
I was a bit disappointed not to get the room I requested at the edge of camp.

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The Rollers from New York
Arrived on: 12-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

Well run camp
Everyone personable and knowledgeable and guides were dynamite
Chalet was super
Food was great
Very good animal/bird concentratioon
Micro-light trip with John was awesome
Carol doing great stuff with community.

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The K family from London
Arrived on: 8-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika review

A wonderful camp with excellent guides fantastic wildlife, lovely hospitality and very attentive service.

However, why did we have to drive back to Mafue when Tafika has an air strip?

We lost 1.5 hours + 20 minutes from our holiday and had to pay airport tax. The driver spent 3 hours driving us to Mafue and then driving himself back (1.5 hours each way) and The pilot had to fly an extra 40 minutes since he had flown over Tafika to get to Mafue and then flew us back over it on our way out.

Niether we,Tafika and the pilot to understand why.

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Expert Africa comments

We’re very pleased that these travellers enjoyed their time so much at Tafika – and particularly to hear that they actually witnessed a kill, which is a very rare occurrence! The guiding at Tafika is really superb!

With regards to the flight, sometimes the way we charter light aircraft may not appear to make any sense at all! Rest assured it usually does, but there are a lot of factors to take into account.

However, taking this traveller’s comments on board, we have implemented systems to ensure that where logistics work, we use an easier route for this flight in the future.

Mr & Mrs Hadeda from UK
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

Tafika was the most welcoming and hospitable camp of our trip - with a lovely atmosphere, a beautiful location and excellent guiding and accommodation.

We were particularly impressed with the expertise and kindness of Heather and of (guide) Brian - plus with the fact that the entire family would join the guests for lunch every day. The microlight trips were a novel and enjoyable extra - and the flexibility of the camp made it seem a very personalised experience.

Very highly recommended.

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Lechwes from West Sussex
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great stay at Tafika

The best place we have ever stayed with regards to welcome and care and food. A great family feeling prevails in this lodge.

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Broadbilled roller from UK
Arrived on: 15-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

Our arrival and greeting by Isaac made up for the depressing wait at Lusaka Airport. We were impressed that although we had missed the start of the evening drive we were offered the opportunity of joining one - which we did! We benefited from one of the ladies celebrating her birthday as champagne was served as a sundowner.

As in all the previous locations we were greeted very warmly.

Very much warmer here.

We had drives with Brian and Alex, both of whom were excellent. Giant Eagle Owl and Barred Owl on the first night, then leopard, bushbaby and honey badger.

Food excellent.

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Ms L from Boston
Arrived on: 31-May-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika

The food at Tafika (and Crocodile and Chikoko as well) was really, really good. The staff was very nice, and the guides were really good.

My one criticism of Tafika is that the rooms had bed-sized mosquito nets rather than larger walk-in mosquito nets that could include a table and a little walking room. I found the walk-in nets more user friendly.

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Mr B from London
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika Rocks

We had a fantastic time at Tafika, the room was great, loved the outdoor shower! All the staff were very welcoming, Heather was a great hostess, Bryan a fantastic guide.

The food was great and all the staff were very accommodating with Barb's food intolerances (especially where we had not previously specified these.) We couldn't have wished for better time, shame we didn't have longer.

The only slightly down point was that we didn't get to do the microlight trip as John Coppinger wasn't there.

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Mr Baobab from Wimborne
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

We had a wonderful 2 nights at Tafika, the rooms, the food and the staff were excellent. We had some great game drives and a interesting bush walk to the neraby Chikoko tree camp during which we had a close encounter with a couple of lions, safely managed by our local Scout.

Tafika, Chikoko and Crocodile camps are run by the same company and have breakfast (at 5.30 am) before going out on the morning drive or walk. Frankly my stomach doesn't wake up until much later than I do and after experiencing the after drive breakfasts at Mwamba and Kaingo camps I have to say I prefer the latter, with a light lunch early afternoon.

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Nick & Kate from London
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
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superb safari and a first-rate camp

A real gem - personal, indiviudal, idiosyncratic in a good way, very high guiding standards, excellent food, really nice staff, owner-managers added a personal dimension, plentiful game - all round a first-class safari experience.

Outstanding leopard sightings on night drive (and in daytime), crocodile meat-fest on dead buffalo, lion at night, porcupine, genet, civet, serval, elephant, huge buffalo herd, lots of antelope, kudu, etc. Loved the structure of the day - early wake up, breakfast round the camp fire on the riverbank, tea break in game drive, fabulous lunch, wonderful afternoon tea, sundowners, and very nice dinners.
The hosts were charming, the guides were great, everything was good.

Small quibble - the quality of the wine was poor, and worse than at the other camps.

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