Tafika Camp in South Luangwa Reserve in Zambia is also the headquarters of Remote Africa Safaris, owner-run by John and 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.
- Excellent game viewing area
- Known for its high concentration of leopard
- Range of game activities: microlight flights, mountain-bike safaris, walking safaris
- Visits to local cultural village
- Small, intimate camp (maximum 12 guests)
- Rustic luxury in very scenic surrounds
- Only open May to mid-November
Tafika Camp is situated just outside South Luangwa National Park, north of Zambia's Nsefu sector. It has a beautiful position, on the eastern banks of the Luangwa River, with huge gardens and superb river views. Tafika Camp is seasonal and is 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 and cold water and flush loo. Each unit has two queen-sized beds and solar-powered lighting. There is one two-bedroomed 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). The 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 beautifully presented.
Variety of Game Activities
The guides at Tafika are outstanding. The camp is connected to two satellite bush camps in the northern-most reaches of South Luangwa National Park. Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp 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, called 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 baboons.
Daily flights from Lusaka connect to Mfuwe International Airport, a one-and-a-half to two-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 four-seater Cessna.
Our Take on Tafika
We were very impressed with this camp. It’s expertly and professionally run and the Coppingers 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 a memorable safari experience.
- Full board and accommodation
- Road transfers
- Bar (inclusive of house wine)
- All game viewing
- Park fees and bed levy
- Conservation levy
- Premium-branded drinks
- Items of a personal nature
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Zambia is one of the undiscovered jewels of Africa. The country's warm, welcoming people, and uncrowded and remote game reserves, make Zambia a top safari destination. Apart from the world-famous Victoria Falls, it has a wealth of lesser-known, pristine national parks which are home to a huge variety of wildlife.
An 8 Day South and North Luangwa Combo safari enjoying the best of both worlds - 4 days at Tafika Camp in South Luangwa, a 12-bed intimate safari camp where you can enjoy day and night game drives, bush walks, bicycle safaris and microlight safaris; then 4 days at remote Mwaleshi Camp in North Luangwa with daily bushwalks in some of the most pristine, undisturbed and wildest safari spots in Africa.