Stay at Tafika
Tafika is located just outside the Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa Park in a game management area. As it is a remote lodge, on walks and drives you will see superb game but few if any other vehicles.
Tafika, ZambiaOur rating: First Class
Tafika Camp has a fabulous situation underneath giant leadwood trees perched high on the banks of the Luangwa River. There is a wide lawn with fabulous views of the river and bush beyond with a few hippo slides indenting the high sided banks for those large herbivorous creatures returning to the water after a night of grazing. Iridescent kingfishers and bee-eaters flit over the waters and the gentle grunt of hippos can be heard. Sitting on a canvas deckchair on the lawn, or gently swaying above it on a hammock, you can often see antelope, elephant and other large mammals come to the waters to drink. It is a magical spot.
Tafika is the home of John and Carol Coppinger and their two delightful daughters, Christine and Jenny.
There is a relaxed family atmosphere and you feel instantly at home. The main lodge itself is an open sided thatched area complete with a bar, lounge and dining area. Seated in camp chairs at meal times, delicious home cooked food is served. There are five reed and thatch chalets set under the trees, spaced out across the lawns. There is an additional chalet designed to cater for families, with two bedrooms sharing an en-suite bathroom. Each chalet is spacious and has two double beds, locally made wardrobes and side tables. The en-suite open air bathrooms have a covered toilet, twin wash basins and power shower perfect for star gazing at night. It is not unusual to see birds flitting in and out of the bathroom or even a tiny tree frog perched on the tap.
Tafika is located just outside the Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa Park in a game management area. As it is a remote lodge, on walks and drives you will see superb game but few if any other vehicles. There is also the chance to go with John on a micro lighting trip to soar above the animals in the early or late light. It is also possible to visit the nearby Mkasanga Village where many of the Tafika staff and guides come from.