Overview

 

 One of the uncrowded tourist sites in Zambia

 

Tafika Camp is located on the east bank of the Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park and makes it ideal for those who enjoy an authentic bush experience. Game viewing in South Luangwa National Park is exceptional with good chances of seeing leopards, lions, wild dogs, elephants, giraffes, pukus, hippos and crocodiles.

 

Your stay at Tafika Camp is combined with exciting activities such as walking safaris, daily day and night drives, mountain bike safaris, visits to the local Mkasanga Village and micro light flights (only offered in May). Tafika Camp also has two hides which offer the opportunity of game viewing in-between activities. Hides overlook the camp waterhole which is frequented by herds of elephant, bushbuck, puku, impala, mongoose and several bird species.

 

Tafika Camp is equipped with a solar communal charging area (220V), USB charging ports in the chalets, solar fans, communal dining area and camp game viewing hides. The camp also provides access to three diverse habitats including Luangwa riverside, Mutanda plains and the salt pans.

 

Operating season: 1 May – 15 Nov ( Also best time to travel )

6 Thatched Chalets

Age Restriction: Minimum age 8 years old

 

Destination Highlights

Perfect for a walking safari

Hotspot for leopard, lion, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, puku, hippo, and crocodile.

Exclusive access to yellow-billed stork colony in the month of May.

The salt pan is a hotspot for serval & crowned crane (from August).

 


 

Why is Zambia so special?

Abundant Wildlife
Zambia’s untouched wilderness harbors diverse wildlife, from elephants and lions to rare species like African wild dogs.

 

Remote Experience
Zambia’s parks are less crowded, allowing for a genuine wilderness experience, including intimate walking and boat safaris.

 

Stunning Landscapes
Zambia boasts iconic sights like Victoria Falls, Zambezi River floodplains, vast savannas, and rain forests.

 

Conservation Efforts
Zambia focuses on conservation, supporting locals and wildlife habitats, ensuring sustainable tourism for future generations.

 

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  • Location

     

    The Camp is located on the east bank of the Luangwa River, north of the Nsefu Sector of the South Park

    South Luangwa National Park is a true wilderness haven for safari enthusiasts seeking an authentic and immersive African experience. With its eco-friendly design, rustic charm, and proximity to abundant wildlife, Tafika Main Camp promises an unforgettable adventure in one of Africa’s most renowned safari destinations.

  • Accommodation

    Tafika Camp accommodates 14 guests in 6 spacious, thatched chalets (including a family chalet). The camp is built using natural materials and local skills and is testimony to the eco-friendly and sustainable ethos of the safari operation.

     

    All chalets, built around the trunks of huge sausage trees, have en-suite facilities with open showers and solar power.

    • 6 thatched chalets (including a family chalet) with en-suite facilities
    • Outside shower in each chalet
    • Mosquito netting
    • Communal dining (Private dining on request)
    • Credit card facilities
    • Safe
    • Laundry
    • Limited Wi-fi (06h00 – 16h00)
    • Solar fans
    • USB charging port in the chalets
    • Solar communal charging area (220V)
    • Camp game viewing hides.

     

  • Facilities

    6 thatched chalets (including a family chalet) with en-suite facilities

    Outside shower in each chalet

    Mosquito netting

    Communal dining (Private dining on request)

    Credit card facilities

    Safe

    Laundry

    Limited Wi-fi (06h00 – 16h00)

    Solar fans

    USB charging port in the chalets

    Solar communal charging area (220V)

    Camp game viewing hides.

     

     

  • Activities

    Activities and experiences in South Luangwa National Park

    The National Park is an expansive wildlife conservation area in Zambia and you can be assured of an exceptional safari experience as it is regarded as the home of walking safaris. Exploring the captivating landscape on foot and coming face to face with members of the Big 5 is once in a lifetime experience. The sounds, smells and signals of the natural world are explained in great detail by an experienced walking guide.

    A boat safari on the Luangwa River will add a different dimension to your Zambia holiday. Marvel at the sight of hippos, crocodiles and elephants from the comfort of your boat. Combine it with an authentic walking safari for the best of both worlds. South Luangwa can also be explored under the cover of darkness when you include a night drive in your itinerary for a safari in Zambia. You are likely to encounter nocturnal species like civets and genets, and if you are lucky, also leopard and aardvark.

     

    √Walking safaris

    √Daily day and night drives

    √Mountain bike safaris

    √Visits to the local Mkasanga Village

    √Micro light flights (only offered in May)

     

  • Highlights

    √Hotspot for leopard, lion, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, puku, hippo, crocodiles

    √Access to 3 diverse habitats: Luangwa riverside, Mutanda plains and the salt pans

    √Unique activities: cycling safaris & microlighting (May only)

    √The salt pan is a serval hotspot (all season) & crowned crane hotspot (from August)

    √Game drives in the game rich Nsefu sector (park on both sides of the river)

    √Owner run

    √Great in-camp game viewing due to hides and camp waterhole

    √Long standing and experienced staff and guides

    √4 people per vehicle (unless for groups)

    √Radio silence on activities

    √Exclusive access to yellow-billed stork colony in May

  • Getting there

     

    You can access the camp from Mfuwe Airport, the gateway to South Luangwa National Park. There are daily scheduled flights to Mfuwe from both Livingstone and Lusaka Airport. The road transfer from Mfuwe Airport to the camp typically takes between 1.5 to 2 hours.

  • Why South Luangwa National Park

    Tafika Camp - South Luangwa - Zambia

     

    South Luangwa National Park is remote and unspoilt. Sustained by the Luangwa River, with oxbow lagoons creating a variety of ecosystems to explore, the park is abundant in abundance. South Luangwa is the definition of wild, hosting over 60 different species of animals, 400 species of birds, and is varied in vegetation. Out of the 732 bird species in Zambia, 400 of them can be seen here; a haven for bird watchers.

    The park is considered one of the world’s most prolific game sanctuaries due to its large concentration of animals around its river systems. One can find pods of hippo up to 500 strong, as well as a profuse population of crocodiles. Large herds of elephants, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, and zebra are found throughout the park, with a healthy predator population to match.

    For the big cat enthusiast, South Luangwa is the place to explore. Being considered one of the best places to spot leopards in Africa, it is certainly a safari destination worth experiencing. South Luangwa is the birthplace of the ‘walking safari’, encouraging intimate wildlife encounters, experienced guides leading you through its wild landscapes.

    Its diverse landscapes, lagoons and waterways lend themselves to photographic safaris, offering contrast of colour in each terrain. The park also provides the option of night drives, exploring the wild wonders of the nocturnal. One simply cannot visit Zambia without exploring the untouched and untamed wilderness of South Luangwa National Park.

     

  • Recommended Package

    Explore Luangwa Safari

    7 nights

     


     

    This safari tour promises an authentic and adventurous expedition to Zambia’s South and North Luangwa National Park. The Explore Luangwa Safari package offers an 8-day adventure in two distinct regions of Zambia.

    You will get to experience game drives, guided walking safaris, cycling safaris, and cultural visits to the local village, all while discovering the unique landscapes of the area.

     

    Where you will stay:

    4 Nights Tafika Main Camp, South Luangwa

    3 Nights Takwela Main Camp, North Luangwa

     

    Highlights of the tour:

    Day 1-4: South Luangwa

    Game Drives · Walking Safaris · Cycling Safaris · Visit to Mkasanga Village · Game Viewing hides.

     

    Day 5-7: North Luangwa

    Charter flight to Mwaleshi Airstrip · Morning, Afternoon and Evening Game Drives · Walking Safaris

  • Animails

     

    Tafika Camp - South Luangwa - Zambia

     

    South Luangwa National Park, occupying around 9 050 square kilometres in the east of Zambia, is perfectly positioned to give you the safari of a lifetime with the incredible magnitude of its wildlife. Bordered to the east by the Luangwa River, the Luangwa Valley lies at the tail end of the Great African Rift Valley system.

    Your holiday to Zambia in South Luangwa will expose you to a woodland savannah, dominated by southern miombo on the higher slopes of the valley and mopani that covers the bottom of the valley. The park supports a vast array of species, including huge herds of elephants and buffalos as well as unique animals like Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s zebra which are near-endemic to the valley. The river teems with hippos and crocodiles. The main predators you can spot while on safari in South Luangwa, are lions, spotted hyenas, wild dogs and leopards. Plains game sightings include bushbuck, eland, duiker, impala, puku and kudu.

     

  • Birding

     

    Tafika Camp - South Luangwa - Zambia

     

    Avid birders will have a field day on a Zambia vacation in the park with the countless species cris-crossing the skies. These include darters, egrets, storks, spoonbills and African skimmers along the Luangwa River. You can also expect to see pied, giant, woodland, malachite and brown-hooded kingfishers that are common in the area.

     

  • Airstrip

     

    About Mfuwe International Airport

    One of four Zambian international airports, Mfuwe Airport is conveniently situated for tourists to the South Luangwa National Park and other outstanding wildlife destinations in Luangwa Valley. It lies near the village of Mfuwe in the Eastern Province of Zambia. The 2.2 kilometre surfaced runway services regional international flights in the tourist season.

     

    International Air Transport Association airport code – IATA: MFU

     

    International Civil Aviation Organization airport code – ICAO: FLMF

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