Location: Luangwa Valley | Zambia

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Tafika epitomises the Zambian safari experience. An owner-run lodge, with unfussy rooms and incredible guides. This is one for wilderness lovers, who’d rather hear a fish eagle’s call or a lion’s roar than the hum of air-conditioning. It’s no coincidence that many of the guests at Tafika seem like part of the family- often they’ll be on a fourth or fifth (or tenth) visit.
Perfect forSafari purists, teenaged families, and active types who don’t just want to sit in a game viewing vehicle.
In the knowFor the ultimate undiscovered African secret, fly north to spend a few days at Mwaleshi, Tafika’s sister camp in North Luangwa, one of the least visited parks in Africa.

Recommended for...

  • Eco-tourism
  • Family-friendly
  • Guiding
  • Hideaway

Hotel Overview


On a meander of the Luangwa River, in the pristine game viewing area of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.

Rooms at Tafika

Deluxe huts with simple décor, thatched roofs and reed walls. Showers at Tafika are open to the skies, and at night, hippos can be heard chomping on the lawn outside.

Food and Facilities

Food is good home cooking: unfussy and delicious. Dinner’s taken under the stars, breakfast on the river bank and afternoon tea under a shady tree. Be prepared to down cutlery and race out of camp at any moment if any game wanders nearby!

Activities at Tafika

Where to begin? Dawn and dusk game drives, afternoon mountain biking safaris, visits to the local village, and early morning micro light flights over the bush. Walking safaris are a speciality of the Luangwa Valley and a two or three day walking trail to Tafika’s remote bush camps are heartily recommended.

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