John and Carol Coppinger’s home, TAFIKA is a reed and thatch camp set on the banks of the Luangwa north of the Nsefu sector.
Game drives and walking safaris are offered from camp and John is a microlight pilot and offers the chance to view the beautiful Luangwa valley from the air.
With its high density of game, knowledgeable guiding and relatively few visitors, the South Luangwa National Park certainly ranks as one of the top parks in Africa. It is renowned for game drives after dark and game walks in the company of professional guides and an armed ranger. The park is an excellent place for spotting lion and leopard and the wild dog research programme makes sightings of these wonderful animals very possible.
It is possible to combine a stay at Tafika Camp with the Chikoko Trails Camps - two private camps, Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp. Both are located along the west bank of the Luangwa and guests walk between them along a route following the well-worn elephant and hippo trails, not to mention the original footsteps of David Livingstone. Accompanied by an experienced guide, an armed National Park scout and a tea bearer, this is an experience that is both liberating and unforgettable.
The Copingers have taken on a Cessna 210 which will run shuttles between Mfuwe and Lukuzi strips for those that want to avoid the long drive to Tafika. This has also reduced the cost of access to Mwaleshi Camp in North Luangwa, but perhaps the most exciting development are trips to the Bangweulu Swamps to see the shoebill stork which can now be achieved as a day trip whilst staying at Tafika.
In the remote North Luangwa National Park is Mwaleshi Camp, situated 10km from the Mwaleshi and Luangwa river confluence. Here guests may catch a glimpse of hyenas hunting puku in the shallow waters of the Mwaleshi, enjoy impressive herds of buffalo, the endemic Cookson's Wildebeest and a large number of resident lion. The camp operate seasonally between June and October.