Tafika Camp

South Luangwa, Zambia

Tafika Camp

Tafika Camp is a private bush camp situated in a remote region of the South Luangwa National Park. It serves as the base camp of Remote Africa Safaris, and is managed by RAS founders Carol and John Coppinger.

Tafika is a remote bush camp situated in the northern reaches of the South Luangwa National Park, away from the more crowded southern section. It is the flagship property of Remote Africa Safaris, and managed directly by RAS founders Carol and John Coppinger, wonderful hosts and highly experienced safari guides.

At first glance, Tafika is a fairly simple bush camp—unelaborate in its design and totally lacking in pretension. While the service provided by the Coppingers is exceptional, Tafika doesn’t offer the high-end comforts of some of Zambia’s more luxurious camps. What it does offer, however, is a truly exclusive wilderness experience. Indeed, Tafika has acquired a reputation in the 20 years since it opened as one of Zambia’s very best wilderness camps, thanks to its remote location and superb guiding.

At Tafika Camp you have a great deal of flexibility in how you structure your day—you can enjoy full-day activities or, if you prefer, break up the day with shorter excursions. There’s a good variety of activities, including 4x4 game drives, guided walking safaris (with an armed ranger), and, something of a novelty, mountain bike safaris, which are conducted close to the camp. Microlight flights are also offered (at additional cost), led by camp host and experienced pilot John Coppinger.

Tafika Camp is open from 15 May to 30 November (dry season) and 10 February to 10 April (green season).


At the centre of Tafika Camp is a large, open-air thatch structure, which serves as the lounge and bar. Scattered around this are six very simple reed and thatch chalets. Each chalet is en-suite and furnished with two queen-size beds. At the front is a narrow covered verandah.

One of the chalets at Tafika is larger than the others, with two bedrooms (three beds), making it suitable for use as a family unit.

There’s also a honeymoon unit, more or less identical to the others, only slightly more spacious, and equipped with a king-size bed and a larger shower.


- Dining area
- Bar
- Patio


- Walking safaris
- Game drives
- Micro lighting
- Village visits
- Cycling safaris
- River safaris
- Bird watching
- Canoeing

Child Policy

Tafika Camp generally only accepts children over the age of ten due to its remote location. Younger children may be accommodated on request, however. Please also note that there is an age limit of 12 for the river and guided walking safaris.