We recently got a camera to send around with our guides to afford them the opportunity to dabble in photography, as well as to get regular images from our camps. These are a few of the images from Takwela Camp in North Luangwa, run by guide Alex Phiri.
Takwela is Remote Africa’s newest addition to the family of authentic and intimate camps. It is positioned on a private peninsula, just like Tafika, on the border of the National Park overlooking the Luangwa River and its confluence with the Mwaleshi River. This position lends itself to great game viewing from camp, and a vast array of game viewing areas, both inside the National Park and the GMA.
Pods of hippos line the banks, while antelope, warthogs and baboons roam the flats in front of camp. Alex was able to catch this trip of baboons playing as they jumped into the shallow Mwaleshi river before trotting across.
Predators are never far away at Takwela with wild dogs being seen regularly in the early season, leopard heard calling often from camp, and lions being both seen and heard often.
The endemic Cookson’s wildebeest are also an exciting animal to see, and there is a healthy population of them in North Luangwa, seen both on walking safaris and on game drives.
Being the beautiful hotspot it is, game viewing activities seldom venture far from camp. I managed to sneak this photograph of a walking safari just downstream from camp as they enjoyed watching a family group of elephants crossing the Luangwa River and coming onto the Takwela peninsula.