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Authentic & Inspiring  African Safari Experiences

Authentic & Inspiring African Safari Experiences

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. Five intimate camps, built entirely by local villagers from natural materials, present comfortable accommodation for six to twelve guests. Here, thanks to the authenticity of the experience, guests are afforded the opportunity to reconnect with nature uncompromised.

Tafika Camp

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South Luangwa
6 Chalets
Operating Season: 1 May - 15 Nov
Min. age: 8 years

Tafika Camp’s location on the east bank of the Luangwa River, north of the Nsefu Sector of the South Park, makes it ideal for those who enjoy the serenity of the bush. Here, exceptional game viewing is combined with exciting activities including...

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Chikoko Trails Camps

from $650

South Luangwa
3 Chalets each
Chikoko operating season: 25 May - 31 Oct
Crocodile operating season: 1 Jun - 31 Oct
Min. age: 12+

Chikoko Trails incorporates two small and exclusive bush camps, Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp, from which unparalleled walking safaris are offered, strolling from camp to camp. Located on the west bank in the South Luangwa National Pa...

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Mwaleshi Camp

from $735

North Luangwa
4 Chalets
Operating Season: 15 Jun - 31 Oct
Min. age: 12+

Mwaleshi Camp, located in the vast wilderness of North Luangwa National Park, is a 40 minute flight from Mfuwe Airport. Hidden within a scenic bend of the Mwaleshi River 10km upstream of the confluence with the Luangwa River, the camp is a truly s...

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Takwela Camp

from $600

North Luangwa
2 Chalets
Operating Season: 15 Jun - 31 Oct
Min. age: 12+

Takwela Camp, the latest camp operated by Remote Africa Safaris, opened in July 2019 in the North Luangwa. The North Luangwa is a remote and well-managed park which enjoys significant support from Frankfurt Zoological Society and a highly motivate...

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Remote Experiences

Adjust your pace to the Luangwa’s natural rhythm and enjoy a wide range of experiences ranging from walking safaris along natural hippo trails to indulging on freshly baked goods produced using local skills and techniques.

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Sleep Outs

Sleep outs are for the more adventurous looking to become in tune with the wilderness of the Luangwa. Feast on a delicious dinner cooked over the...

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Sleep Outs

Cultural Visits

Visit the Mkasanga village and be welcomed with great enthusiasm and plenty of smiles. Start off at the Mkasanga school where you can learn more...

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Cultural Visits

Bush Cuisine

Enjoy delicious cuisine cooked over a wood fire, warm homemade bread baked with coals in the ground and indulge in the fresh produce from the Tafika...

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Bush Cuisine

Microlight May

Catch a bird’s eye view of the Luangwa from the microlight and wind your way up the Luangwa river on a light early morning breeze. Fly over...

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Microlight May

RASair

RASair is Remote Africa’s in-house Cessna 210. The plane is based at the Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip close to Tafika Camp and the Chikoko Trails camps...

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RASair

Photography

With experienced guides and comfortable vehicles kitted with bean bags, you will be perfectly placed to take the best advantage of the excellent...

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Photography

The Luangwa Valley

The Luangwa Valley, an extension of the Great East African Rift Valley, is the honey-pot of Zambia. Here dramatic seasonal variations, a dynamic river system, fertile soils and lush vegetation ensure a prolific supply of wildlife.

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Sustainable Tourism

Remote Africa Safaris is actively involved, through the Tafika Fund, in sustainably uplifting the surrounding community. Over the years a number of long-term initiatives have been successfully implemented and maintained.

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From The Guest Book

Exactly what we requested – we asked for remote and we got it. On game drives there were no other vehicles other than Tafika vehicles in that part of the National Park. For those spending more time there than we did, there were lots of activities available, microlight flight, walks, bicycle safari as well as game drives.

Food excellent – we really appreciated the home grown vegetables at every meal.

The Coppinger family were always around, making you feel very welcome and it gave it more of a feel of staying in their home and not an impersonal hotel. The staff were always welcoming, drive guides extremely knowledgeable and always ready to pass on information and to personalise it with their own experiences.

(Tafika feedback from Expert Africa)

- Caroline (2019)

A delightful place to stay with a lovely view of a small riverbed from the
upstairs bedroom and the animals that wandered down to it, including baboons and a large group of giraffe. You would never know unless they told you that everything is set up at the start of the season and pulled down at the end, it is all very solid with wooden furniture that has to be carried in and out.

We had an excellent guide in Moffit for whom nothing was too much trouble and Amon was superb scout who shared his tracking skills on our search for lion.

The kitchen visit is not to be missed and the food was excellent; the vegetables come across from the main camp. We were left to imagine how the fridge is carried in and out every season – no easy task! 

Smaller animals were also worth seeing – elephant shew and a delightful
small Scops owl which visited every evening while we were having dinner.

(Chikoko feedback from Expert Africa)

- Caroline (2019)

Mwaleshi’s walking safaris offer a truly unique and magical safari experience. The camp is just the right side of rustic – authentic and comfortable bush living in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Mwaleshi river.  An afternoon dip in the river with a glass of wine is an absolute
must!

The guides and camp staff are exceptional – some of the most friendly and knowledgeable we’ve met anywhere on our travels. It’s obvious how much they truly care about their guests. Chef James turns out delicious lunches and dinners (fresh salads, grilled meats, chicken satays), exactly the kind of thing you fancy after several hours of bush walks. We moved on to another
camp afterwards and wished we could have had Chef James with us!

If you’re up for an adventure on foot and interested in experiencing a totally different kind of safari, we highly recommend Mwaleshi. You’ll get
closer to the animals than you think — and that’s a pretty incredible feeling!

(Mwaleshi feedback from Expert Africa)

- Sophie (2019)

“Dear John, Carol, Heather, Bryan and Team- especially Amon and Mcooper for superb guiding (and bad jokes) Just to say how much we enjoyed our few days at Tafika. The setting is stunning, the level of guiding must be the best in Africa, and the ethics of Remote Africa’s attitude to responsible tourism is to be highly commended.”

- Sue & Ian

“Nothing ever seemed too much trouble and we truly felt very welcome. The guiding, the cuisine and the accommodation could not have been better. We loved every minute of it and so enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you.”

- Mike & Jill

“Dear John and Carol and the rest of the team,

We had the wonderful option to be able to stay with you for a few days on our first trip to Zambia, and on arrival we were made feel very welcome. The whole experience was just out of this world. Your staff were wonderful and all the activities that we participated in were very well organised and we enjoyed them thoroughly. It was wonderful way to be introduced to Zambia. We found it very hard to leave.”

- John and Gillian

After a great morning walk we were welcomed by Alex and his team.

Overlooking the confluence of the Luangwa and the Mwaleshi river, Takwela enjoys an unrivaled position in North Luangwa. The infrastructure is authentic but first class quality.

Lunch was excellent as were the table companions.

congratulations to Alex & co !

- Anon (2019)

Our History

Our story started a long time ago. Take a look at how it all started and what trails we followed along the way.

1995
Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

John, Carol, Bryan, the two girls, two cats and an elephant arrive onsite with all their worlds possessions, to build Tafika Camp. Remote Africa Safaris is born!

1995
Up North

Up North

In May Bryan heads up to the North Luangwa National Park to take over Mwaleshi Camp

1995
Welcome Guests

Welcome Guests

The welcoming committee welcome the first ever guests at Tafika Camp in July.

1996
Dancing in the Rain

Dancing in the Rain

The first river safaris commence from Tafika Camp. The heavy rains make moving around an adventure.

1997
Sad Goodbyes

Sad Goodbyes

Mphamvu leaves her home, Tafika, and goes north.

2001
Chikoko Trails

Chikoko Trails

Chikoko Tree Camp is built on the west bank of the South Luangwa National Park, and Chikoko Trails is born. The girls head off to boarding school.

2002
Trails Make Tracks

Trails Make Tracks

Crocodile River Camp is built on the west bank of the South Luangwa National Park, expanding the Chikoko Trails and our offering of exploring the bush on foot.

2006
Micolight Medevac

Micolight Medevac

Our first medevac. Jenny breaks her arm and is medevacced out in the microlight during the Emerald Season.

2007
The Great Flood

The Great Flood

The Luangwa River floods and our river safaris are discontinued.

2008
Luangwa Expeditions

Luangwa Expeditions

In March the family canoes the Lower Luangwa.

2013
The Skies Open

The Skies Open

RASair, our Cessna 210, joins the company.

2014
Grounded

Grounded

Year round Microlighting is discontinued at Tafika Camp but microlighting is still offered in May.

2018
Family Ties

Family Ties

John and Carol’s daughter, Jennifer, and her partner, Nick, return to the Luangwa to join the team.

2019
Taking Off

Taking Off

Takwela Camp is built at the Mwaleshi and Luangwa river confluence in the North Luangwa.

2019
Welcome Mark

Welcome Mark

Mark McAdam, John’s long standing friend, joins the Remote Africa Safaris family as investor and director along with his children, William, Jack and Lucy.

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