Firstly thanks to Ed for the two fantastic flights in the RemoteAfrica
Cessna. The views of the park from the air are magical.
Ernst- great guiding, mostly walking safari with some drives.
The river provides a warm bath of relief in the very high temperatures and
we could hear the hyena splashing through at night.
Very private stay here shared with friendly staff who all do RemoteAfrica
proud and very much part of the extended Coppinger family.
Excellent food, many drinks and stories shared with other guests and the
grand event of the frisbee match in which the United Nations team beat the
Zambians at their own game. Great fun, fantastic experience- thanks to
The is an excellent safari camp, the Coppinger family run this safari lodge
with great expertise, I cannot think of one thing they need to change for
the better. We had good home made food, met some very nice people, had some
great experiences and by the end of our stay (5 nights) we felt like part of
the family. I could highly recommend Tafika.
The guiding was pretty good also (hello Lloyd).
Traditionally built accommodation of wooden pillars and reed roof and walls.
Some cross ventilation but no an or AC. Well separated and spacious with
excellent showers. Very hot in the afternoons, relieved by many showers.
Too hot to sit out on loungers under a tree to view the river. Camp visited
by its of birds and animals. Drive areas overlap significantly with Nsefu.
We were unaware of just how close they are, so it was rather like having
eight days in the same area. Despite this, all the drives were different.
Tafika is outside the National Park, and so you must be out by 8pm. Not
usually a problem but on one occasion we had to leave stalking lions to
ensure that we were out in time. We did one walk which was limited by
elephants but still enjoyable. Guides or a couple of trips were not as good
as we had come to expect, but for the rest of the time there were very good
-especially Amon and Alex. Virtually all our drives were shared with other
guests, not always sharing our interests. As in Nsefu, the vehicles are
uncovered, so hat and suncream vital. Family run camp with shared
host/hostess duties. We sometimes felt a little excluded, maybe because all
the other guests were returnees. Heather, Jenny and Brian all very good.
Food excellent, especially the fresh bread and muffins. Only camp to offer
vegetarian option as standard.
Not a reservation, alas, but a message from Ian and Mark to John and Carole
to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Tafika, Chikoko and Crocodile
enormously and that we felt our time there was our best ever experience in
Africa. And we can’t wait to return…..
The vehicles (and the bikes) were the best in Africa and our only complaint
was with the food. It was so delicious, we both put on 6 lbs.
All the staff were very friendly and efficient, so it is impossible to pick
out any for special mention. However, the 3 nights we spent by ourselves
with the team at Chikoko and Crocodile were an unforgettable and magical
Having waiting 20 years to come to Zambia, it was definitely worth waiting
for and we will certainly not wait 20 years for our next visit – we would
both happily return tomorrow. And we will definitely play table tennis!
With best wishes to all the team for ensuring we had such a great time in
Ian and Mark
PS We found something to complain about. The safety rail in the bedroom at
Chikoko is at eye level when you sit in the chairs!
“All arrangements worked well. The pilot Gareth was very knowledgeable and
acted as a guide as well as a pilot on all our journeys – as people who are
not that keen on flying we felt very safe in his hands.”
“Tafika has to be one of our favourite lodges. The setting is beautiful, the
owners John and Carol run things very efficiently along with their dedicated
team of staff. The staff team are extremely welcoming and you are always
made to feel ‘at home’. The activities are fantastic with a very full range
of choices including walking,driving, biking, and micro-lighting. There are
now options for very interesting day trips as Tafika has it’s own aircraft
and pilot. Everyone is very knowledgeable and happy to share this with you,
the guiding is first class. The food is always excellent.
We love the authenticity of this camp.and their commitment to the local
community through the excellent work of the Tafika Fund.
If visiting South Luangwa we think Tafika is a must!”
“Mwaleshi Camp is in an extremely beautiful and remote part of North
Luangwa. If you are happy to be in a very remote and unspoiled wilderness
and in adequate but basic accommodation then you will enjoy the peace and
tranquility of this beautiful place. However, we would say it is not for the
faint hearted as you need to be prepared for paddling across the river,
animals coming through the camp and plenty of insects. We absolutely loved
it and were fortunate enough to have the place to ourselves – but we don’t
think it would be for everyone. We understand that at the time of our visit
we were the only two visitors in the whole of North Luangwa National Park –
which was just amazing to have this pristine wilderness all to ourselves.
The food prepared by Brightwell in nothing more than a hole in the ground
was the best food we have ever eaten in an African camp and the guiding team
of Alex and Special were first class. We were hosted at the camp by Karen
and family and they made our stay very special.
We will certainly return to Mwaleshi on our next trip.”
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