Takwela Camp is currently being built by its owner, Remote Africa Safaris. This is a fantastic company, a real favourite at YZ, offering some of the most authentic accommodation and experiences in Zambia. 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 on the outside edge of the wildlife-rich North Luangwa National Park. Daily drives and walks occur on the other side of the river inside the park - reached via a small boat.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT TAKWELA CAMP:
Guest accommodation will consist of just two rooms that can be a double or a twin, each designed to accommodate two adults. At present, very little information about the rooms is available, but we have been told to expect comfortable fairly rustic yet comfy interiors, similar to those found at sister camp Mwaleshi. 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 safaris - taking place either during early morning or in the late afternoon into evening.
- Takwela will have exclusive access to a 50-kilometre stretch of the Luangwa river - perfect for their expertly guided walks that take a close look at the park’s plants, insects, and brilliant array of birds such as great white pelican, southern carmine bee-eater, and Pel’s fishing owl. Though walks do often come across big game so look out for elephants, lion and even rhino.
- If you are very lucky, it is possible to see all of the Big Five here whilst out on safari activities. 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 are pretty good and although rhino are extremely rare, a reintroduction programme that started in 2003 makes it a possibility.
- As for the smaller mammals you might see, 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!