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Tafika Camp

Luangwa Valley

Rating: Deluxe    

Tafika Camp overview

Tafika Camp is situated adjacent to the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa National Park. The remote location is ideal for those who really want to get away from it all. Located on the banks of the Luangwa River, it offers a relaxing and peaceful base from which to enjoy game viewing on foot and by road. There is also a huge variety of birdlife. Add some variety with a guided bike ride by the Luangwa River, possibly linked to a visit to Mkasanga village. 

Tafika is known for iits wildlife hides. There are three specially positioned hides where you can enjoy priviledged views of animals and birds and capture some stunning photographs. One is above a waterhole near the camp entrance and another is located to get views along the Luangwa River. Elephants, hippos and many other animals can be seen coming the water's edge to drink and bathe. The third hide is seasonal, built once the carmine bee-eaters have selected their nesting site and poisitioned to enable perfect sightings of these gorgeously coloured birds. 

There are six spacious chalets including a family suite, which between them can accommodate a maximum of 14 guests. These are built with local materials and have en-suite facilities, including an open air shower. Shaded from the hot noon-day sun by giant Leadwood trees, there are plenty of quiet spots to sit and watch activity on the river, read, or just relax and listen to the sounds of the bush. The food is excellent and utilises fresh fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden.


Open: Tafika Camp is open from 1st May to 15th November.

Location: Tafika Camp is just outside the Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park. It is about a one and a half to two hour drive from Mfuwe, and 15 minutes from Mwanya/Lukuzi airstrip.

Rooms: There are six chalets accommodating a maximum of 14 guests. Alla re en-suite and have outdoor showers and a separate flush toilet. Four of the chalets have double beds, one has two bedrooms with a king size bed and two double beds, two showers and two toilets making family accommodation, and the last is the honeymoon suite. All rooms are spacious, provide ample storage space and have a portable fan to keep the interior cool.

Activities: You can go on morning and evening game drives (maximum of four guests per vehicle), take guided nature walks, go mountain biking and cycle to the local village and school. There are hides for wildlife viewing and photography.

Facilities: The main area is an open-sided building housing the lounge, dining area and bar. Meals are also served on the lawn beneath the shade of trees. There are plenty of places outside to sit and rest during the heat of the day. Tafika Camp has battery charging facilities. There is a laundry service.

Dining: Meals are usually eaten as a group.

Children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome. Younger children may be accepted at the discretion of the owners. The minimum age for walking safaris is 12 years.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in the main area, though this can be slow and unreliable. There is no mobile phone coverage, but the camp has good communication facilities in the event of an emergen

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One of Remote Africa Safaris camps, this camp actively supports a nearby government school and helped build a clinic for the local community. They have a vegetable garden at Tafika, and also give funds to local conservation projects. They have the well-being of the local people & the wildlife & environment at the heart of what they do, and the Tafika Fund supports local education, an outpatients clinic and a football league for communities near the camps.

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client reviews

Jeff Webster

"Such nice people who had the unenviable task of entertaining their guests with access to the park cut off because of the rains. We did plenty of walking and saw some pretty good wildlife which we most likely we would not have done from a vehicle. The opportunity to take a microlight flight should not be missed."

Tracy Edwards, Tribes
"One of the last few owner run camps in the park, and one with fantastic local community links. The camp is just outside the park which I thought may be a negative point but I was wrong. The game is outstanding in this area and views over the Luangwa River are spectacular. My highlights here were the food, the visit to the local village (where I have never seen so many children smiling and cheering along the road side), and the microlight flight over the valley! Don’t miss this!"
Julie Croucher, Tribes
"Being the Coppinger's home, Tafika has a nice relaxed feel about it.  Being a keen food gardener myself I was amazed and impressed by their huge veggie garden, I don't know how they keep the animals off!  If you stay here you need to bear in mind you are right on the edge of the park, close to villages and a long way from anywhere else so I would combine it with another camp somewhere deep inside the part for different game viewing.  Having said that, we saw from here a huge pride of lions and a couple of leopard!  Despite my better judgement I got up very early and allowed myself to be taken on John's microlite ..... it feels like you are flying low over the park in nothing more than a wheelbarrow, it was extremely cold up there too!  But totally amazing to get a bird's eye view on the animals below - go on do it!"



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