Reviews of Tafika
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great guiding at Tafika
We had a fantastic week at Tafika.
The guiding was exceptional - we enjoyed the time we spent with all of the guides but we particularly enjoyed our drives with Mukupa C as he is not only very knowledgeable but he also has a great sense of humour. We had dinner with the guides several times and enjoyed hearing their views and sharing their experiences. Great sightings including lots of leopards and ellies and some unusual birds. We did a walking safari and when we stopped for tea we saw about 50 ellies cross the river which was a highlight for me.
The rooms were lovely - great facilities and very comfy beds! The location is amazing - set on the river with great views of the hippos. Animals sometimes wander through the camp and we were fortunate to have 3 ellies outside our chalet one afternoon eating the tree! The staff were very friendly and welcoming and went to a lot of trouble to make our stay memorable.
We hope to return to Tafika :)
Everything was done to make our stay great
Tafika was impressive. Everything was so well organized. The safari very good, very friendly staff and guides, excellent food, beautiful rooms. We were very impressed. John and Carol were always there and made sure that everything worked smoothly.
I loved the design and style of the camp, the building materials, and how everything was in harmony with the surroundings.
Tafika has to be one of our favourite lodges. The setting is beautiful, the owners John and Carol run things very efficiently along with their dedicated team of staff. The staff team are extremely welcoming and you are always made to feel 'at home'. The activities are fantastic with a very full range of choices including walking, driving, biking, and micro-lighting. There are now options for very interesting day trips as Tafika has it's own aircraft and pilot. Everyone is very knowledgeable and happy to share this with you, the guiding is first class. The food is always excellent.
We love the authenticity of this camp.and their commitment to the local community through the excellent work of the Tafika Fund.
If visiting South Luangwa we think Tafika is a must!
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4 Great Days at Tafika
Tafika was a great place with an incredibly friendly atmosphere. It felt more like staying with friends than a being at a safari camp.
Saw lots of game and birds but all the leopards and a Pels Fishing Owl chick were highlights. The quality of the guiding was excellent. We also enjoyed a great walk there and going out with John on mountain bikes was a unique experience once we had got the hang of cycling on sand. I’m not great with heights so passed on the microlite although others in camp raved about it.
They were very full days at Tafika and offered great value for money and if anything they could easily trim a bit of time off their morning and evening drives as some of the guests seemed to be struggling to keep up. We also had a peek behind the scenes to see the vegetable garden etc which was fascinating.
Everything was excellent. The home backed bread and the fresh fruits from the garden were very good. Tip: They could be used for a tasty smoothie as well.
The commitment of the guides was impressive.
Lots of different activities.
Microlight is great fun even for people who suffer from motion sickness.
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After our days on walking safari's ...this felt like coming home and luxury!
We can't say enough about Carol, Jen, John and Brian. Loved the dog too!
Extremely professional, accommodating... and Brian made sure to take us out on an amazing safari! Thank you.
Tafika is a wonderful camp right on the Luangwa River. We have been to many in southern Africa, and this and its sister camps stand out. They are owner operated, and the care that Carol, John and Bryan give is immediately apparent. They have a superb team so even if they were not in camp, you would still be warmly welcomed and treated exceptionally.
Each chalet at Tafika is beautifully built from natural materials, catering to every comfort without being over the top. The camp offers a variety of activities and each guest has the freedom to choose what they would like to do -- from game drives to cycling to walking to visiting the village. You are not required to "follow the group" which is a great plus. The evening drives are hugely interesting, and we were introduced to a number of nocturnal animals we'd never seen.
A tremendous morning activity which shouldn't be missed is microlighting with John. As someone who suffers from vertigo, I was slightly wary, but needn't have been. It is absolutely thrilling and gives a whole new perspective on the area.