Tafika Camp
An exclusive, intimate haven, Tafika Camp is situated in Zambia's Luangwa Valley in the South Luangwa National Park. Privately owned and managed with a team of expert guides, the experience here is a truly special one.

Tafika Camp

Tafika Camp is one of South Luangwa's best experiences - beautifully situated on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River and looking across to the National Park. It is owner run and managed by John and Carol Coppinger, who have put all of their heart and soul into this property. 

International flights arrive in Lusaka, Zambia, mostly through a connecting flight via Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by either a private charter flight in a Cessna 210 to a private airstrip a mere 15-minutes from the camp, or a scheduled charter flight to Mfuwe Airport with an easy 2-hour game drive.

The camp is situated just north of the game-rich Nsefu sector - the only game-drive part of South Luangwa National Park to be on the eastern side of the river - and takes its game drives into the sector itself. This region is known for offering exceptional wildlife viewing as well as incredible bird life and is famed for its walking safaris. Wild dog are often sighted here, as are other predators like lion, leopard and spotted hyena. Large herds of elephant cross between the sector and the main park, and the river has many pods of hippo. The expert team of guides, many of whom have been with the company since the camp's inception, ensure an exceptional guiding experience. Many of them are keen photographers themselves, leading to some amazing photographic opportunities.

Tafika Camp is only six chalets, all constructed from local materials with thick grass and reed walls and thatched roofs, some along the banks of the Luangwa River and some set a little further back and all with striking views.

For those wanting to add to their adventure in Zambia, one can explore the North Luangwa National Park and stay at sister camps Mwaleshi and Takwela - a brilliant circuit within the country. The camps are located in an area of pristine wilderness where there are few roads and game viewing is excellent! Buffaloes and lions roam in vast numbers while camp life is comfortable yet refreshingly simple.

Caroline's Hot Tips

Carol is actively involved within the local community – we highly recommend a visit to the nearby village 

The Carmine Bee-eaters arrive from about early September onwards – one of the most iconic sights of the Luangwa Valley

The camp is equipped with mountain bikes for the more adventurous looking for something a little different

The hide is positioned overlooking a spring where  wildlife and and an abondance of birds continuously frequent

The hanging hammock chairs with views over the river is the perfect spot to indulge in a great book and a lazy afternoon

Consider pairing Tafika Camp with sister experiences Chikoko Trails Camp or Crocodile River Camp – only accessible on foot!


'Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.'

Pat Conroy

Tafika Camp Overview

BEST SUITED TO – The adventurous couples 

NUMBER OF ROOMS – 6 chalets

SUGGESTED LENGTH OF STAY – At least three nights. Four or five would be better!

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL – May to October. This is a seasonal camp and closes from December to April annually

WE LOVE IT BECAUSE – It’s one of those places that gives us goosebumps when we talk about it with our clients. It will leave a lump in your throat when you have to say goodbye

Classis Escapes logo icon