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Takwela Camp

North Luangwa

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An arial view of Takwela Camp and Luangwa river in North Luangwa, Zambia

Takwela Camp Overview

Operating season: 15 Jun – 31 Oct
2 chalets (2 twin doubles)
Minimum age 12 years

Takwela Camp, the latest camp operated by Remote Africa Safaris, opened in July 2019 in the North Luangwa. The North Luangwa is a remote and well-managed park which enjoys significant support from Frankfurt Zoological Society and a highly motivated complement of staff from Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife and North Luangwa Conservation Project.

Situated on Remote Africa’s private land at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi Rivers, Takwela has stunning views across a resident hippo pod to pristine bush on all sides. The area is known as ‘Chitukuko’ which means ‘place of development’ in the local Tumbuka dialect. ‘Takwela means, ‘we have taken off’, an apt name for our expansion in the North Luangwa.

Takwela offers an intimate wilderness experience and the rare opportunity to visit a beautiful and unexplored area of the North Luangwa. Whilst the floodplain is not as extensive as in the mid-Luangwa, it is still prime wildlife country and will produce excellent viewing as wildlife become more accustomed to our presence. By virtue of its remoteness, guests will virtually have exclusive access to over 50kms of Luangwa river frontage!

Takwela accommodates a maximum of four guests in two en-suite chalets, with two double beds in each. Two more chalets will be added in 2020. In keeping with the Remote Africa ethos, the camp will be solar powered and built, primarily, from local natural materials and constructed with local skills.

Activities include guided game drives (day and night) and walking safaris in the mornings and afternoons, with regular stops to take in the surroundings, view wildlife and examine spoor. Enjoy a leisurely pace with a midmorning tea and coffee break and, on the night drive, a sundowner stop for drinks and snacks. With just two other bush camps in operation in the entire park, guests are guaranteed the ultimate remote experience. Immerse yourself in 4636 square kilometres of unspoiled wilderness.

Takwela is just a 30 minute scenic flight from our Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip in South Luangwa, flying over the dramatic riverine landscape to Mwaleshi airstrip and then a 45 minute game drive and short canoe crossing into camp. From Mwaleshi Camp, it's a beautiful 10km morning walk down the Mwaleshi river which is a great option for a camp-to-camp activity for strong walkers.

Visits of three nights or more are recommended. Combine Takwela with a walking safari at Mwaleshi Camp to stay longer in the North Luangwa. Explore different areas of the park which hosts a highly successful black rhino sanctuary and healthy populations of lion, hyena, elephant, buffalo, leopard, wildebeest, wild dog and much more.

Highlights

  • Over 450 hippos in this confluence stretch
  • Exclusive and remote
  • Amazing location at the Mwaleshi and Luangwa river confluence
  • Open ‘wafwa’ in front of camp from which to view wildlife
  • Huge natural springs near camp
  • 416 species of birds
  • Hotspot for lion, leopard, hippo, elephant, kudu, waterbuck, Cookson’s wildebeest, wild dog

Quick Facts

  • Solar communal charging area (220V)
  • Solar fans
  • No Wi-fi
  • Minimum age 12 years

Sunrise

Breakfast

Morning activity

Midday lunch

Early afternoon

Afternoon tea

Afternoon activity

Sundowners

Bedtime

What to expect at Takwela Camp


Sunrise

Early morning hippo bellows and a friendly morning knock on the door welcome the new day.

Breakfast

Relaxed breakfast around the camp fire.

Morning activity

4 hour game drive or walking safari with a stop for morning tea.

Midday lunch

Scrumptious buffet lunch with freshly grown greens from our garden.

Early afternoon

Siesta time. Relax in camp, review your flora and fauna lists, count hippos or read on your verandah.

Afternoon tea

Tea and coffee and tasty freshly baked cakes.

Afternoon activity

2.5 - 3hr evening walking safaris, returning before sunset / An evening game drive with a sundowner stop for drinks and snacks and then continuing with a spotlight after dark to see nocturnal animals.

Sundowners

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and delicious snacks by the Luangwa river.

Dinner

Three course meal by candle light.

Bedtime

Cotton sheets and expansive mosquito nets keep you comfortable while Luangwa lullabies of hippo laughs and hyena whoops carry you to sleep.

Takwela Camp Experiences

Guest of Remote Africa Safaris on the back of a safari vehicle look on as two lions lazy around during a game drive in South Luangwa, Zambia

Game Drives

Great for photography



Remote Africa Safaris chef making bread over a wood fire at Crocodile Camp in Zambia

Bush Cuisine

Local skills produce delicious treats



Two Carmine bee-eaters take flight as a third remains sitting on the bank of the Luangwa River at the Tafika Camp's Carmine bee-eater hide

Specialist Birding

Over 400 species of birds



Remote Africa Safaris guides, Brian Jackson and Jennifer Coppinger, ajusting their cameras while a group of elephants stroll past in the background

Photography

Put your skills to the test



A group of Remote Africa Safaris guests look on as White Backed Vultures and African Wild Dogs gather near the Chikoko Trails in Zambia

Walking Safaris

Africa at natures pace



Remote Africa’s in-house Cessna 210 landing at Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip close to Tafika Camp and the Chikoko Trails camps in the South Park

RASair

Perfect for direct and scenic transfers



leopard

Night Drives

See Luangwa's nocturnal treasures



Guest of Remote Africa Safaris on the back of a safari vehicle look on as two lions lazy around during a game drive in South Luangwa, Zambia

Game Drives

Great for photography



Remote Africa Safaris chef making bread over a wood fire at Crocodile Camp in Zambia

Bush Cuisine

Local skills produce delicious treats



Two Carmine bee-eaters take flight as a third remains sitting on the bank of the Luangwa River at the Tafika Camp's Carmine bee-eater hide

Specialist Birding

Over 400 species of birds



Remote Africa Safaris guides, Brian Jackson and Jennifer Coppinger, ajusting their cameras while a group of elephants stroll past in the background

Photography

Put your skills to the test



A group of Remote Africa Safaris guests look on as White Backed Vultures and African Wild Dogs gather near the Chikoko Trails in Zambia

Walking Safaris

Africa at natures pace



Remote Africa’s in-house Cessna 210 landing at Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip close to Tafika Camp and the Chikoko Trails camps in the South Park

RASair

Perfect for direct and scenic transfers



leopard

Night Drives

See Luangwa's nocturnal treasures



Chikoko Trails Camps

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A tree house with an open plan view of Chikoko Trails Camp on the west bank of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia

Mwaleshi Camp

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An arial view of the Mwaleshi Camp and the Mwaleshi river, North Luangwa National Park in Zambia

Tafika Camp

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Enjoying sundowners on the east bank of the Luangwa River at Tafika Camp in Zambia

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