Located in the vast and game-abundant Luangwa Valley ofEastern Zambia, Remote Africa Safaris offers guests access to secluded camps and excellent game viewing opportunities.
Four intimate camps, built entirely by local villagers from natural materials, present comfortable accommodation for six to twelve guests. Here - thanks to the perfect simplicity of the experience - stress evaporates and guests are afforded the opportunity to reconnect with nature uncompromised.
The setting, the phenomenal array of fauna and flora, the extensive variety of unusual safari related activities and the constant involvement of the owners - John and Carol Coppinger and Bryan Jackson - ensure that the Remote Africa Safaris offering is a captivating and rewarding nature-based experience.
John CoppingerJohn is an owner of Remote Africa Safaris. He is also a highly respected guide and operator.
John worked for 12 years in the Luangwa Valley before creating Remote Africa Safaris, with his wife Carol, in 1995.Tafika remains the home of John, Carol and their two daughters.
Carol CoppingerCarol is an owner of Remote Africa Safaris. She is responsible for the company accounts and, in addition, she tirelessly manages the Tafika Fund.
As a recently qualified teacher from the Diana Cooper School of Angels and Ascension Carol offers specialist workshops and retreats at Tafika.
Bryan JacksonBryan is a co-owner of Remote Africa Safaris and is the Safari Manager for the operation.
Based at Tafika, Bryan not only contributes significantly to Remote Africa's guiding experience and expertise but also provides photographic safaris. His wildlife photography has been honed by years of practice and a talented eye. Much of his work provides the face for Remote Africa's website and social media.
During the off-season Bryan resides in Cape Town from where he organises the occasional expedition to Central Africa for adventurous clients.
Isaac ZuluIsaac is one of the most experienced guides at Remote Africa Safaris.
Isaacs spent time in northern Kafue before returning to the Luagwa, in 2001, when he joined the Remote Africa Safaris team.
Rona LeppensCuisine and purchasing.
Rona has had many years of experience running Zambian safari operations including the 1992 setup of the Lunga River Lodge in Kafue.
Her knowledge of the night sky is excellent.
Alex PhiriTrained Remote Africa Safaris Guide.
Born a member of the Bisa Tribe, in Mkasanga Village, Alex's father worked as an electrician and handyman for the Coppingers during their early years in the Luangwa Valley.
Mukupa Chisoni ZuluNew driving guide.
Mukupa is an active member of the village drama group, which produces educational plays focusing on local issues including poaching and alcohol abuse.
Linda ShentonReservations and Marketing Assistant
Linda was born and raised in Zambia and lived in Lusaka until 2007 when she emigrated to Sweden with her family. Linda is based in Sweden and communicates with Remote Africa Safaris online.
She has assisted the Zambian Tourist Board, worked at bothKakuli and Mchenja camps (in 1988) and - for a time - she owned and operated Bridge Camp on the Luangwa River with her husband, Rolf. Linda frequently visited Luangwa as a child.
Linda's in depth knowledge of Zambia is a great asset in the organisation of the Remote Africa Safaris guests' itineraries
Heather MansfieldReservations and Marketing Assistant
While in Australia Heather was Western Australia's State Manager for Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
Heather returned to Africa to join Remote Africa Safaris, as a reservations and marketing consultant, in 2007. Heather is also responsible for hosting, housekeeping and assists with logistics.
Amon ZuluA driving guide at Tafika
Remote Africa StaffRemote Africa Safaris employs approximately 90 staff from the local village of Mkasanga.
During operational season Tafika Camp has over 65 staff. These staff are employed in the kitchens, gardens, the guest and staff rooms, the workshop and the stores.
Each Remote Africa Safaris Walking Camp has its own chef, waiter, bedroom attendant, two general workers and a tea bearer.
Mwaleshi has seven permanent camp workers and a permanent manager/guide.
In addition the Tafika Fund permanently employs four teachers and a watchman - to assist in the Mkasanga School - and a lady assistant for the medical officer at the local Outpatient Clinic.