Located in the vast and game-abundant Luangwa Valley of Eastern 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 qualified radiographer, with a B.Sc. in Computer Science, Carol's medical and computer background add to the varied pool of skills available to the Remote Africa Team.
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, but also provides photographic expertise for specialized 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 an experienced walking guide.
Isaac spent time in northern Kafue before returning to the Luangwa, 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 PhiriWalking safari 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.
Linda ShentonReservations and Marketing Manager.
Linda was born and raised in Zambia and is based in Lusaka.
She has assisted the Zambian Tourist Board, worked at both Kakuli 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. During the season Heather is responsible for hosting and housekeeping at Tafika, assisting Bryan with the Remote Africa logistics.
Amon ZuluWalking Safari Guide
Lloyd MwaleDriving guide at Tafika
Moffat MwanzaDriving guide at Tafika
Brent HarrisWalking Safari Guide
In the off-season Brent leads groups to various wildlife destinations in Africa and speaks on nature related topics in the USA. When not in the bush you can find him happily surfing the waves of Hawaii.
Mukupa Ben ZuluDriving Guide
Mukupa’s father, Ben Zulu, is a longstanding staff member and has worked as a watchman for Remote Africa’s since the 90’s. We are always happy to welcome the next generation into the team.
Pilot for Cessna 210
After completion of his commercial pilots license after high school he spent some years in the corporate steel and ship building industry whilst flying part time, internally within Southern Africa.
Christine CoppingerEcologist and General Assistant
Bruce EllenderEcologist and Environmental Advisor
Stephan BandaWalking Safari Guide
Remote Africa StaffRemote Africa Safaris works closely with the local community, employing approximately 90 people from the local village of Mkasanga.
During the 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.