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Tafika Camp

Tafika Camp is a family run bush lodge overlooking the Luangwa River just outside the northern edge of the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa National Park.

John and Carol Coppinger have lived and hosted at Tafika for over 20 years, and Tafika is one of the very few truly ‘owner-run’ properties in Southern Africa. In 2018 their daughter Jenny and her partner Nick joined the team. Most of the staff, including some of the guides, have been with John and Carol from the early days, and the camp has a very established feel with a warm, social atmosphere very high levels of personal service – our clients are always extremely well cared for at Tafika. The accommodation and hospitality side of things is of a very good standard, but Tafika is not striving to offer a luxury experience, and it retains a bush feel and atmosphere. The guiding is very good and the range of activities more varied than in other South Luangwa camps as due to their location (technically just outside the park) they have access to the local village and offer cultural tours and mountain biking. Big-game viewing is excellent in the northern Nsefu sector of the park, but Tafika offers just a little bit more than pure game viewing, it is somewhere that also encourages relaxation in a beautiful bush setting, whilst being looked after by their wonderful team.


Tafika accommodates up to 14 guests in six comfortable and spacious grass and thatch chalets, each having en suite open-air bathroom facilities including a flush toilet, sink and plumbed shower. One of the chalets is ideal…


The Luangwa Valley is one of Africa’s most scenic and game-rich National Parks. Forming part of the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, the wide valley floor is about 1,000ft lower than the surrounding plateau and through…


Children of eight years and above are accepted at Tafika, though this rule is sometimes relaxed in low season when the camp is not busy. However, children must be 12 years old to join walking safaris. Their family unit provides…

Conservation & community

Remote Africa Safaris, owners of Tafika Camp, operate the Tafika Fund which sees $5 a day for each guests’ stay go to the programmes operated by the Fund. Through donations from guests, tour operators and Remote Africa Safaris…

LocationSouth Luangwa National Park
AccessScheduled flight into Mfuwe (2 hrs drive) or Charter flight into Lukuzi (10 mins drive)
OpenMay to mid-November
Camp StyleSafari lodge
FocusBig game
Children8 years +
ActivitiesGame drives (day and night) / Walking / Cycling / Cultural visits / Hides
Maximum Guests on Vehicle4 (6 for private groups)
Private Vehicle OptionsYes
Off-road DrivingYes (for certain sightings)
Number of Rooms6 chalets (including 1 family chalet and 1 honeymoon suite)
Family Accommodation1 two bedroomed family chalet
BathroomOutdoor – Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower
Power for chargingCommunal
HairdryerNot possible
Heating/CoolingStanding fan
Room SafeNo (safe in office)
Laundry ServiceComplimentary
Communication in roomNo
Wi-FiDesignated area 07h00 – 16h00
Mobile ReceptionNo
Dining StyleCommunal
Drinks IncludedHouse drinks
Credit CardsVisa and Mastercard