The Tafika Fund

There is an understated yet very important further aspect to a visit to the Tafika, Chikoko Trails and Mwaleshi camps – the positive support for education within the local community.

Through the Tafika Fund, created by Remote Africa Safaris to coordinate donations from guests and other partners, they have committed to support the nearby government operated school, Mkasanga, by providing stationery and text books, desks, teachers' salaries, school renovations and maintenance. The Fund also provides pupils' scholarships, skills training and sewing classes for women with the view to support local industries producing safari clothing and school uniforms.

The people of Mkasanga Village, the local health authority and the Tafika Fund combined efforts to build an outpatient clinic in Mkasanga. Funds for medicines are provided, as well as wages for an assistant to the medical officer throughout the year. They have plans to extend the facilities to include inpatient services and a maternity wing when further funds become available. The opening of this health facility has been of tremendous benefit to all in the area.

The Remote Africa camps are situated in a wilderness area far north of the Mfuwe hub and the support provided through the Tafika Fund to the local communities in this area is vital. Remote Africa Safaris provide direct employment in their camps for the local people, as well as seasonal employment to many others, as each of their camps is completely re-built each year using entirely local materials.

The Chikoko Trails bushcamps are situated in an exclusive walking only area where there are almost no roads and the environmental impact is thus greatly reduced. Accommodating a maximum of only six guests in each camp, their staff is mindful of the need to preserve this wilderness and keep any impact as temporary as possible. At Mwaleshi in the North Luangwa, the emphasis again is on walking safaris. All these bushcamp areas revert to pure wilderness for half of the year during the rainy season.

Waste disposal is carefully managed at all of their camps to leave no trace of their presence. Waste from the Chikoko Trails bushcamps is portaged back to Tafika for sorting – all non-biodegradable waste is packaged and sent back to Lusaka for proper disposal. Paper is distributed to the boilers for hot water at the camps; and bio-degradable waste is used to make compost for the vegetable garden at Tafika.

Remote Africa Safaris actively support the anti-poaching work of the North Luangwa Conservation Project. They financed the installation of radios at the Chibindi Scout Camp and also provided a boat near Chibindi Camp to enable the anti-poaching patrols to safely cross swollen rivers during the rains. John Coppinger has flown hundreds of microlight hours on anti-poaching surveillance.

The 2010 season saw the introduction of the Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund charge to all bookings. This amount of US$10 per person per night is split equally between the Tafika Fund and conservation projects in both North and South Luangwa.