Set in the remote South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, Tafika Lodge is a thatched safari retreat operating seasonally between May and November. Catering to 12 guests at a time, including families and honeymooners, the lodge comprises six spacious reed and thatched huts residing under leadwood trees and looking out onto the banks of Luangwa River.

Spend your days on game drives or on a walking safari to experience exceptional wildlife sightings. Other ways to experience this wilderness include mountain bike rides through the bush, and a microlight flight to see the wildlife from above. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in a riverside hammock, spend some time in the hide with your camera, or visit the nearby Mkasanga Village to learn more about the local culture and traditions.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2015


  • Magnificent South Luangwa location
  • Small & intimate with only 6 chalets - owner-managed 
  • Fantastic big cat sightings, especially leopards
  • A great adventure option for families
  • Very personalised - only 4 guests per vehicle
  • Visit the Showbill (day trips by plane!)
  • Mountain biking & microlighting

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Between activities at Tafika, relax at the bar where you can enjoy a refreshing drink at any time of the day.

The lodge is well-equipped to cater for children of all ages, although children under the age of 12 are not permitted on walking and river safaris. Special children’s meals are provided.

General Facilities



Meals at Tafika are served alfresco beneath towering leadwood trees, and overlooking the river.

Room Description

Tafika Lodge accommodates a maximum of 14 guests in six spacious, thatched chalets constructed from all-natural materials.

Each suite has two comfortable double beds swathed under mosquito nets with en suite bathrooms and open-air showers

Other Room Types

There is a honeymoon suite offering a double shower and a double bed, while the family option includes two adjacent bedrooms. One room incorporates a king-sized bed and the other contains a double and single bed configuration. They share a large bathroom constructed around the trunk of an old Kigelia tree.


  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Bird watching
  • Private game-drives
  • Local village visits
  • Mountain biking

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Bonita Cronje

Bonita Cronje

Africa Safari Expert

"This authentic and owner-run camp is set on the banks of the Luangwa River in a remote corner of the park. It offers more activities than the average camp in the South Luangwa including game drives, walking safaris, mountain-biking, microlight flights and a local village visit."

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