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An arial view of Takwela Camp guests on a waling safari in North Luangwa, Zambia

Remote Africa Safari Camp Transfers

Transfers between camps in the Luangwa Valley are organized directly between the camp managers. Transfers are arranged as morning activities where possible, usually a morning game drive from one camp to the next.

Guests of Tafika Camp on the back of a safari vehicle during a game drive in South Luangwa, Zambia A guest of Remote Africa Safaris Crocodile Camp enjoying a late afternoon nap in a hammock. Guests of Remote Africa Safaris Chikoko Tree Camp enjoying a walking safari on the banks of the Luangwa River Guests of Remote Africa Safaris Mwaleshi Camp crossing the Mwaleshi River during a walking safari in the North Luangwa National Park Guests of Remote Africa Safaris Takwela Camp stops to admire the hippopotamus, bathing in the Luangwa River, during a walking safari

Tafika Camp Access Options:


Airstrip access

  • Mfuwe International Airport – at Mfuwe town, South Luangwa
  • Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip – Remote Africa Safaris private airstrip 15min from Tafika Camp, South Luangwa

Mfuwe airport to Tafika camp

  • 1.5-2hrs drive in a closed air-conditioned vehicle OR
  • 15min charter flight with Remote Africa Safaris plane + 15min drive in 4×4 open vehicle

Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip to Tafika camp

  • 15min drive in 4×4

Chikoko Tree camp to Tafika camp

  • 4hr walking safari + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 30 min drive in 4×4 OR
  • 10min walk for direct transfers + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 25 min drive in 4×4

Crocodile River camp to Tafika camp

  • 4hr walking safari + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River OR
  • 40min walk for direct transfers + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 10min drive in 4×4

It is recommended that guests travelling to Tafika and Chikoko Trails book a 15min flight transfer from Mfuwe International Airport to Tafika Camp in place of the road transfer. This is available with Remote Africa’s Cessna 210, RASair, for more information please view the flight info. Scheduled daily flight services connect Lusaka, Livingstone and Mfuwe. Remote Africa Safaris are able to book seats on most domestic scheduled services for our guests as well as arrange private charter flights with RASair.

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Crocodile River Camp Access Options:


Airstrip access

  • Mfuwe International Airport – at Mfuwe town, South Luangwa
  • Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip – Remote Africa Safaris private airstrip 15min from Tafika Camp, South Luangwa

Mfuwe airport to Crocodile camp

  • 1.5-2hr drive closed air-conditioned vehicle + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 40min walk for direct transfers
    * Early Proflight departures (08:55) from Mfuwe are not recommended as this makes for a tight connection.

Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip to Crocodile camp

  • 15min drive in 4×4 + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 40min walk for direct transfers

From Tafika camp to Crocodile camp

  • 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 4hr walking safari OR
  • 10 min drive in 4×4 and 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 40min walk for direct transfers

From Chikoko camp to Crocodile camp

  • 4hr walking safari OR 1h30 direct walk

It is recommended that guests travelling to Tafika and Chikoko Trails book a 15min flight transfer from Mfuwe International Airport to Tafika Camp in place of the road transfer. This is available with Remote Africa’s Cessna 210, RASair, for more information please view the flight info. Scheduled daily flight services connect Lusaka, Livingstone and Mfuwe. Remote Africa Safaris are able to book seats on most domestic scheduled services for our guests as well as arrange private charter flights with RASair.

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Chikoko Tree Camp Access Options:


Airstrip access

  • Mfuwe International Airport – at Mfuwe town, South Luangwa
  • Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip – Remote Africa Safaris private airstrip 15min from Tafika Camp, South Luangwa

Mfuwe airport to Chikoko camp

  • 2-2.5hr drive in a closed air-conditioned vehicle + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 10min walk

Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip to Chikoko camp

  • 30min drive by 4×4 + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 10min walk for direct transfers

From Tafika camp to Chikoko camp

  • 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 4hr walking safari OR
  • 30min drive in open 4×4 vehicle and 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 10min walk for direct transfers

From Crocodile camp to Chikoko camp

  • 4hr walking safari OR
  • 1h30 direct walk

It is recommended that guests travelling to Tafika and Chikoko Trails book a 15min flight transfer from Mfuwe International Airport to Tafika Camp in place of the road transfer. This is available with Remote Africa’s Cessna 210, RASair, for more information please view the flight info. Scheduled daily flight services connect Lusaka, Livingstone and Mfuwe. Remote Africa Safaris are able to book seats on most domestic scheduled services for our guests as well as arrange private charter flights with RASair.

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Mwaleshi Camp Access Options:


Airstrip access

  • Mwaleshi airstrip – in North Luangwa National Park

Mfuwe airport to Mwaleshi camp
40min flight (Remote Africa Safaris charter plane) + 15min drive in 4×4 open vehicle

Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip to Mwaleshi camp
30min flight (Remote Africa Safaris charter plane) + 15min drive in 4×4 open vehicle

Mwaleshi airstrip to Mwaleshi camp
15min drive in 4×4 / 4hr walking safari
Mwanya (Lukuzi) to Mwaleshi camp: 30min flight + 15min drive

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Takwela Camp Access Options:


Airstrip access

  • Mwaleshi airstrip – in North Luangwa National Park

Mfuwe airport to Takwela camp
40min flight (Remote Africa Safaris charter plane) + 45min drive in 4×4 open vehicle + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River

Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip to Takwela camp
30min flight + 45min drive in 4×4 open vehicle + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 5min walk OR 30min flight + 1hr drive in 4×4 open vehicle (from August)

Mwaleshi airstrip to Takwela camp
45min drive in 4×4 open vehicle + 5min canoe trip across Luangwa River + 5min walk

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What is RASair

RASair is the company owned and operated Cessna 210 aircraft which comfortably accommodates four passengers. Based at Remote Africa’s private airstrip, Mwanya (Lukuzi), 10 minutes’ drive from Tafika camp guests may pre-book a short and very comfortable 15 minute air transfer between Mfuwe International Airport and Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip in place of a 1hr30 road transfer.

Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip is easily accessible from Tafika and the Chikoko Trails Camps in South Luangwa, and is a 30 minute hop from Mwaleshi Camp and Takwela Camp in the North Park. Very affordable flights for guests staying 3 nights or more at Remote Africa Camps are offered to destinations like Mwaleshi, Mfuwe, Bangweulu and Lower Zambezi for a minimum of two passengers. Otherwise normal charter rates apply.

Remote Africa’s in-house Cessna 210 taking off from Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip close to Tafika Camp and the Chikoko Trails camps in the South Park Remote Africa’s in-house Cessna 210 taking off from Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip close to Tafika Camp and the Chikoko Trails camps in the South Park Remote Africa’s in-house Cessna 210 taking off from Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip close to Tafika Camp and the Chikoko Trails camps in the South Park An arial view of Remote Africa Safaris Takwela Camp at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi Rivers

What makes RASair special to you

A whole range of routes and travel packages including Zambia’s far flung, lesser known destinations such as Bangweulu Swamps, ShiwaNg’andu and Kasanka National Park are possible as trips out of Tafika and our Chikoko Trails camps, including a direct 1hr30 air transfer between Mwanya (Lukuzi) airstrip and the Lower Zambezi.

Guests are able to do a morning game viewing outing, fly to Lower Zambezi for lunch, enjoy an afternoon siesta and be ready for an afternoon drive from their Lower Zambezi camp, missing no game viewing opportunities!


Our Common Routes

Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Mfuwe: 15min
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – North Luangwa, Mwaleshi: 30min
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – South Luangwa, Kapamba: 20min
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Lower Zambezi, Jeki: 1h30
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Lower Zambezi, Royal: 1h45
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Lusaka: 1h55
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Kafue (Busanga): 2h40

Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Shiwa Ng’andu: 45min
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Bangweulu, Chimbwe: 45min
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Kasanka: 50min
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Mpika: 30min
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Mfuwe-Kariba-Mana Pools: 2h20
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Mfuwe-Lilongwe: 1h05
Mwanya (Lukuzi) – Mfuwe-Lilongwe-Likoma: 2h00

*Please note that flight times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and routings on the day.


For flying and travel tips (including departure tax information) see our Travel tips section

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Useful information for the air

Useful information to assist you with your flight experience in and around Zambia. The availability of this aircraft is another example of Remote Africa Safaris’ attention to detail and high standard of excellence. We trust that the aircraft contributes to a great safari experience through quick and efficient transfers.


FLYING WITHIN ZAMBIA

  • Mfuwe International Airport has customs and immigration facilities
  • Luggage allowance on small charter aircrafts is 15kg + 5kg hand luggage per person (domestic flights normally 23kg per person), soft bags
  • Flight reservations can only be made for confirmed bookings
  • Cancellation charges and flight restrictions will be advised at time of booking
  • Discounts for children under 12yrs may apply on some scheduled services
  • Airport taxes paid on departure only

DEPARTURE TAXES

Airport departure taxes are payable in USD, at present they are:

  • $40 for international departures
  • $16 for domestic departures


Travel Tips For Your Safari

Travelling can be daunting and uneventful travel can sometimes be the best kind of travel! For many of you it’s quite a distance to our little piece of paradise in Eastern Zambia so we’ve put together some travel tips specific to our beautiful country to help you enjoy smooth and ‘uneventful’ travels.

For flying and travel tips (including departure tax information) see our RAS Flight Tips

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Travel Tips

MALARIA AREA

This is a malaria area so we advise that you consult your physician before travel, most travellers take prophylactics before and during their holiday.

CURRENCY

  • Visa/Master Card (with 5.5% charge) at Tafika Camp only
  • USD cash is the currency of preference
  • USD notes must be new with big heads (older notes not accepted by Zambian banks due to high incidence of counterfeit money)

VISAS

  • Required for most passports. View the following website with the latest visa information online: https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/
  • Single Zambian Entrance Visa is $50 per person and it is payable upon entry.

AIRPORT MEET & GREET SERVICE

  • A complimentary M&G service may be booked for Remote Africa guests staying 3 nights or more in any of our camps (between 1 June – 31 October)

FLYING WITHIN ZAMBIA

  • Mfuwe International Airport has customs and immigration facilities making access to Malawi (Likoma) and Zimbabwe more convenient
  • Luggage allowance on small charter aircrafts is 15kg + 5kg hand luggage per person  (domestic flights normally 23kg per person), soft bags – this includes camera equipment
  • Flight reservations can only be made for confirmed bookings
  • Cancellation charges and flight restrictions will be advised at time of booking
  • Discounts for children under 12yrs may apply on some scheduled services
  • Airport taxes paid on departure only

DEPARTURE TAXES

Airport departure taxes are payable in USD, at present they are:

  • $40 for international departures
  • $16 for domestic departures (not applicable in Mfuwe for passengers having flown in on Proflight)

NOTE: some airlines fees include taxes. Taxes are subject to change.

TIPPING

Tipping is not obligatory in Zambia but it is customary for good service.

Travel Light but don’t forget the following

GUIDE BOOKS

We have a reasonable collection of guide books in the camp but if you’d like your own consider the following:

  • Beat About the Bush – Trevor Barnaby
  • Signs of the Wild – Clive Walker
  • Field Guide to Animal Tracks of Southern Africa – Louis Liebenberg
  • Birds of Africa South of the Sahara OR the Roberts Birds app.

CLOTHING

  • Laundry is done daily in all the camps so travel light
  • See our Luangwa Seasons section for expected weather for clothing preferences
  • Neutral (brown/tan) coloured clothing for walking safaris (nothing white or bright)
  • Comfortable light-weight walking shoes
  • Hat / cap

GREAT TO HAVE

  • Binoculars
  • Camera (with spare batteries and memory cards)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (mainly for mosquitoes)
  • Torch (with spare batteries)

For easy online shopping of safari goods visit “The Safari Store” at www.safari-store.co.uk.

Seasonal Information

There are two distinct seasons that are experienced in the Luangwa Valley. Temperatures during these seasons vary from lows of 10°C, in June and July, to highs of 40°C, in October.

  • The Dry season, from May to November
  • The Emerald season, from December to April.

Even during the coldest period the days remain warm, sunny and perfect for all safari related activities. The late dry season is the warmest period and makes for the best game viewing, as all outlying water dries up and forces the game towards the riverine belt. While the emerald season, which can start as early as the end of October and typically draws to a close at the end of March, sees an impressive 700mm to 900mm of rain.

Rare but always welcome showers may also be experienced in April and May. The Emerald season boast spectacular and dramatic thunderstorms, ones that could give the best firework displays a run for their money!

For a full seasons break down see the Luangwa Valley seasonal information.

Enjoy the serenity of the bush

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