North Luangwa National Park
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 the 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.
• 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
• Solar communal charging area (220V)
• Solar fans
• No WI-FI
• Minimum age 12 years