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.
Mr J & Ms M from Tasmania
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

This was a wonderful experience.

The camp is relaxed and comfortable, but extremely well organised behind the scenes. View to the river was superb. Guides all excellent.

Lived up (exceeded) expectations in every way.

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J+K from Canada
Arrived on: 1-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Rustic and Remote Experience

Tafika was a unique blend of rustic and luxury. With grass hut cabins that were rebuilt every season, you get an authentic remote experience, while having all the comforts and luxuries of a top notch camp. The owners, John and Carol, are very hands-on, and would join us each day for lunch. We very much enjoyed hearing their many interesting stories.

Without another camp nearby, we had the sense that the animals were less accustomed to safari vehicles and as a result were slightly more skiddish than those at other camps. However, this was balanced by us not seeing other vehicles, and we still felt we had excellent sightings.

We were able to make a visit to the nearby village of Mkasanga, and share song and dance with local Zambians. Tafika extensively supports this community, and it was very rewarding to be able to directly see the benefits of our tourism.

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Mimi from Miami
Arrived on: 29-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tafika review

The owners and staff who are top notch and our guide was excellent. The food was over-the-top gourmet and I love the breakfasts.

Our Guide, Mukupa (sp?) was very knowledgable and so friendly and personable. We really enjoyed our walking morning and canoe ride with Brian (?) and both Carol and John were delightful. What a fascinating past history they have had!

The trip to the Village they have 'adopted' was a highlight of the stay at Tafika.

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Mr & Mrs L from Ilkley
Arrived on: 5-May-2018 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Terrific Tafika

Tafika remains our favourite camp in Zambia. The team led by John and Carol Coppinger always make our stay very special. This was our fifth stay at Tafika and it just keeps getting better.

We were lucky to be guided again by Alex Phiri and had some wonderful experiences and sightings. Heather Mansfield, Rona Leppens and all the team worked tirelessly to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Rona and the chefs went to great lengths to meet our dietary requests and all the meals were delicious.

The accommodation as usual was first class, very comfortable whilst remaining an authentic African bush camp. The range of activities at Tafika are considerable and each time we visit, we just wish that we had booked a longer stay. You never get bored!

We have been able to experience first hand the benefits of the Tafika Trust, and we would encourage anyone who can, to support the Trust.

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Mr H & Ms E from 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 & Mrs R from Salisbury
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

As far as we were concerned, Tafika and its sister camps are about as perfect a safari experience as it is possible to get.

The location is fantastic, the guiding is great and no importance is placed on superfluous luxuries.
Given the remoteness of the location, the quality and quantity of the food is quite extraordinary. Try the mountain biking!

On a memorable last afternoon, 5 elephants sauntered around the camp for half an hour or so. Fortunately there was no one in the hammock at the time.

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Mr H & Ms E from 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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Mr & Mrs R from Salisbury
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Absolutely fantastic

As far as we were concerned, Tafika and its sister camps are about as perfect a safari experience as it is possible to get.

The location is fantastic, the guiding is great and no importance is placed on superfluous luxuries.

Given the remoteness of the location, the quality and quantity of the food is quite extraordinary.

Try the mountain biking!

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley
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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