Takwela Camp is currently being built. When it opens, it’ll be operated by Remote Africa Safaris. This is a fantastic company, a favourite at YZ, offering authentic accommodation and experiences in the North Luangwa and the South Luangwa. You could consider combining time at Takwela with a couple of days at Remote’s Mwaleshi Camp, for example – just get in touch with us for more details. The price of your stay at Takwela will include accommodation, all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, and likely a laundry service too.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp will be accessed via 45 minutes’ road transfer from the local airstrip. It has a spectacular location, at the meeting of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi rivers within the wildlife-rich North Luangwa National Park.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT TAKWELA CAMP:
Guest accommodation will consist of just two double rooms, each designed to accommodate two adults. At present, very little information about the rooms is available, but based on our experiences of Mwaleshi Camp we anticipate fairly rustic yet comfy interiors. There’ll probably be a couple of bedside tables and solar lighting, ample storage space, and outdoorsy en-suite facilities such as an open-air shower. Additional amenities might include mosquito nets, mosquito repellent, and complimentary drinking water. Of course the views from each unit will be very impressive, featuring lovely vistas of the river confluence nearby!
The communal spaces at Takwela Camp should be pleasantly rustic too. They’ll include lounge and dining areas, both with river views. Remote Africa Safaris prides itself on warm hospitality and delicious fresh food, which is usually enjoyed al fresco as well as in the camps’ indoor dining spaces. For example, it isn’t uncommon for guests of Mwaleshi to group around the campfire for breakfast and for pre-dinner drinks too! We reckon Takwela will have its own fire-pit, where you’ll also spend many a happy hour swapping safari stories with fellow travellers.
ACTIVITIES AT TAKWELA CAMP:
- The camp will offer expertly guided vehicle and walking safaris. Drives should take place during early morning and late afternoon into evening.
- The North Luangwa National Park covers 4,636 square kilometres and boasts a wide range of habitats, supporting an impressive assortment of wildlife.
- Of the Big Five, lion and buffalo are seen in large prides and herds respectively, while elephant numbers have been rising since populations dropped due to poaching throughout the 1980s. Leopard sightings can be enjoyed too!
- Rhino are rare, but the park embarked on a reintroduction programme in 2003 and it is hoped that 20 rhinos will live in the area designated a rhino sanctuary.
- As for smaller mammals, you can look out for hyena, wild dog, Cookson’s wildebeest, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, eland, and sable antelopes. Bushpig and blue monkey have been spotted here too!
- Takwela will have exclusive access to a stretch of the Luangwa river 50 kilometres in length. So walking safaris will be top quality, and highly recommended for travellers interested in close scrutiny of the park’s plants, insects, and brilliant array of birds such as great white pelican, southern carmine bee-eater, and Pel’s fishing owl.