I had promised ourselves a true walking safari and so, to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversay, we booked to stay at Remote Africa Camps:Tafika, Chicoco and Mwaleshi and we were not disappointed - Tafika is a lovely, unpretentious lodge in a beautiful location on the Luangwa river. The rooms are excellent: we stayed in the 'family room' , set right by the river - it is very comfortable and spacious, and has a huge sausage tree growing through the open-air bathroom, At night we were entertained by the sounds of elephants/hippos munching on its fruits. We also stayed in the 'Honeymoon' suite, which is set on the edge of the camp and is also a beautiful, spacious room. The staff here are fantastic, as is the food, The whole camp is overseen by Heather, who does an amazing job making sure every guest has a great time. The game viewing was excellent here, with large herds of elephant, regular leopard sightings on night drives and the highlight was to see a pack of African wild dogs, which was a first for us. We also did the microlite flight with John which was just a stunning experience - do not leave Tafika until you have done this!
We moved on to Chicoco Tree Camp for a few days walking. We had the camp to ourselves and had an amazing time with Alex our guide, who looked after us extremely well. He was very professional and explained the safety procedures to us very clearly, so we felt totally at ease and confident whilst out walking. We saw lion and elephant as well as a host of plains game too. The rooms at Chicoco are set up in the tree line, very attractive, but completely open at the front which might not suit everyone. How the chef manages to create such wonderful food in such a remote, rustic camp I can only wonder, but he doesa wonderful job, as do the rest of the camp staff here.
For the last 3 nights we flew up to Mwaleshi Camp in the North Luangwa - the flight itself is a bit of an adrenalin rush, as you take off in a 4 seater plane, not much bigger than a mini! Mwaleshi Camp is set on a bend in the Mwaleshi River - it is remote and rustic, but absolutely charming - the rooms are pretty basic with dirt floors and open at the front (not for the fainthearted when the lions roar at night!) but comfortable and very attractively situated along the river, where a 'resident' elephant could be spotted most days - we loved this camp and again, apart from our last night, we had the camp to ourselves. Stephen was our guide, very ably helped by Special, whose local knowledge was second to none. We were again extremely well looked after by all the staff. We had read that the game was much more skittish and therefore hard to spot up in this area, but we saw so many animals here, including a leopard whilst walking one morning. To sum up, these camps are extremely well run by John & Carol Coppinger and their amazing staff. We had a truly memorable holiday here and I would not hesitate to recommend it. This is not over-the-top luxury for the sake of it, but extremely comfortable with great food and service, lovely staff - a geniune African experience. Thank you all for a wonderful time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Home to John and Carol Coppinger, the founders of Remote Africa Safaris, Tafika is a small, first-class camp standing on the banks of the Luangwa, on the remote north side of the beautiful Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Tafika's guides are amongst the most experienced in the Luangwa valley. 4X4 safaris (day and night drives), walking safaris, unique cycling safaris and cultural visits to a nearby village are on offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tafika Camp Hotel South Luangwa National Park
- Tafika Camp Zambia/South Luangwa National Park