Reviews of Tafika
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Well-run family safari camp
Well-run family safari camp. The owners, John and Carol, and their daughter Jennie, are very involved with the day-to-day running of the camp, together with Brian, Heather & Rona.
The accommodations are very nice, with large beds and large outdoor bathrooms. Some are on the river bank, others are set back a little. The camp area is well-guarded for guest safety, as elephants, monkeys, baboons and various antelopes regularly visit the grounds.
A big plus is that each vehicle used for game drives only takes 4 people which is nice. Each guest is supplied with a s/s water bottle which is refilled before each game drive. The morning game drive was sometimes a bit long (5 hours) from 0600 - 1100 which took it into the hotter part of the day. The game area is not as extensive as on the other side of the river, but we still managed to see a lot of wildlife, including some huge herds of buffalo, and lots of family groups of elephants.
The food is good and plentiful.
Best lodge/camp in Africa!
Everyone exceptionally friendly so after the first day you felt you were staying with old friends. Comfortable rooms.
Excellent food which couldn't be faulted.
Best vehicles (including bikes!) in Africa.
Very helpful at tailoring activities to our needs.
Perfect in every way and we can't wait to go back.
Cycling with John was fantastic.
We liked the concept of rebuilding the camp each year with local people.
You felt throughout that the motivation was "how can I improve guests' experiences" not "how much profit can we make".
The is an excellent safari camp, the Coppinger family run this safari lodge with great expertise, I cannot think of one thing they need to change for the better.
We had good home made food, met some very nice people, had some great experiences and by the end of our stay (5 nights) we felt like part of the family. I could highly recommend Tafika.
The guiding was pretty good also (hello Lloyd).
High standards of service and guiding.
Owners Carol and John have a real hands on approach and expect a high standard from their staff. They get it. Service was excellent and with a friendly, relaxed and personal approach. Food was very good and rooms were well equipped. No electricity means no fans and in temperatures of 35 degrees sleeping was occasionally a problem. The wet sarongs were an essential piece of equipment!
Our guide, Lloyd was excellent - quiet and unassuming but very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. His knowledge of animal behaviour resulted in lots of wonderful sightings.
The position of the lodge outside the park meant that each trip began with a 15 minute drive to the gate at the beginning and end of each game drive and this becomes a bit repetitive after a while.
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A wonderful safari experience at Tafika
A perfect stay at a camp that seemed to capture the spirit of a safari.
Huts were superb, we loved the rustic feel of them. Guiding was first class and we saw everything we had hoped for and a lot more - 19 wild dogs.
We would recommend Tafika without hesitation and hope to return sometime.
Great family run camp with top class guiding
The 'centre' of Remote Africa this is an excellent camp run by very friendly and massively experienced staff. A mix of walking and driving safaris provided a huge range of experiences.
Maruska recommended this camp to us as she knew we really enjoyed family run camps from past safaris. Remote Africa really delivered at Tafika, Chikoko and Crocodile camps. The owners are all over the operations and the whole staff feel part of the one family. We met many guests who returned over many years.
Carol, Bryan, Rona and Heather run the camp like clockwork whilst always being around and very friendly. We had great drives with Bryan and Jenny. And walking with Alex and old hand Isaac was fabulous. We won't forget walking through the long grass searching for the growling lions around their buffalo kill.
Bryan excelled by finding wild dogs for us one night just before the ever necessary gin and tonic for sundown!
A return is essential!
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Excellent but different
Owners sharing meals with you made you feel you were a guest in their home but we felt there was a difference in attitude of camp staff, who seemed quite reserved. However our guides were excellent and Mcupe, again was very patient with our never ending requests to stop to photograph another roller .|Visit ti the village was enlightening.
Such a shame the micro light was not in operation ( could you have warned us about this,, as we had converted currency). Walks were not offered as a guide was ill either.
Food was excellent and varied especially the salads which came from there own garden, which was great to visit too. We also valued the hide.
Tafika is one of our most favourite camps
It may not be as luxurious as some but does give a real taste of Africa and was our favourite in Zambia when we visited 6 years ago.
It is the only camp we have now stayed at twice and it is still our favourite. The owners are very friendly and love talking to all the guests as are all the rest of the staff. The food is wonderful and the guides are one of the best we have ever had in all the African countries we have visited.
I always do and still will highly recommend Tafika.