Tafika Camp Safari Lodge
Tafika Camp in South Luangwa Reserve in Zambia is also the ‘HQ’ of Remote Africa Safaris, owner-run by John & Carol Coppinger for almost 20 years. This means that at Tafika, not only will you’ll have exceptional game viewing and superb chances of leopard-spotting, but you’ll have access to a wide range of exciting safari activities.
* Tafika Camp Highlights
- ∞Excellent game viewing area
- ∞Known for its high concentration of leopards
- ∞Range of game activities: microlight flights, mountain bike safaris, walking safaris
- ∞Visits to local cultural village
- ∞Small, intimate camp (max. 12 guests)
- ∞Rustic luxury in very scenic surrounds
- ∞Only open May to mid-November
More about this accommodation
Tafika Camp is situated just outside the park, north of the Nsefu sector. It has a beautiful position, on the eastern banks of the Luangwa River, with huge gardens and superb river views. Just outside South South Luangwa National Park. Tafika Camp is seasonal – only open for the dry season from 1 May to mid-November each year.
Rustic in location only
Tafika has six luxurious chalets, each en-suite with an open-air shower, hot & cold water and flush loo. Each unit has two queen-sized beds and solar powered lighting. There is one 2-bedroom family chalet and a honeymoon chalet with king-size bed and a romantic double shower under the stars. The chalets are built entirely from natural materials (Mopane poles and thatching reed/grass). Their walking safari camps are constructed in the same fashion; rebuilt every year at the start of the season! The food is also excellent - imaginative, well-prepared and presented.
Variety of Game Activities
The guides at Tafika are outstanding. The camp is connected to two satellite bushcamps in the northernmost reaches of South Luangwa National Park - Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp – which are reached by walking safaris along remote and ancient animal paths. They offer day and night game drives in the Nsefu sector, bush walks within the park, cycling safaris and mountain biking. Visits are also arranged to the nearby Mkasanga Village. They also have a camp in North Luangwa National Park, Mwaleshi Camp.
At Tafika, you’re likely to see good herds of puku, elephant and buffalo as well as lion, leopard, zebra, impala and other antelope, wildebeest, giraffe and troops of baboon.
Daily flights from Lusaka connect to Mfuwe International Airport, a 1½ - 2 hour drive from Tafika. Or you can take a 15-minute flight to Lukuzi, Remote Africa’s private airstrip, a 10-minute drive from the camp. Charter flights are also available in their 4-seater Cessna.
Our Take on Tafika
We were very impressed with this camp. It’s expertly and professionally run and they are wonderful hosts. There’s no pool, air conditioning or fans so you could find it extremely hot, especially in September and October. That said, it’s a quality, much-loved safari camp that will offer you one of the best safari experiences you’ll ever enjoy.
- ∞Full board and accommodation
- ∞Road transfers
- ∞Bar (Inclusive of house wine)
- ∞All game viewing
- xPark fees & bed levy
- xConservation levy
- xPremium-branded drinks
- xItems of a personal nature
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