Takwela Bush Camp
North Luangwa National Park
Takwela Bush Camp lies at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi Rivers and has beautiful views over a pod of resident Hippo in one of the deeper pools. The area is known as the Chitukuko which means “place of development” in the local Tumuka language.
Takwela, meaning “we have taken off”, provides guests with a very intimate bush experience in the vast wilderness of the Northern sector of the park. With a very experienced team of guides and staff guests are assured of feeling at home, at one with the bush and enjoying very exclusive wildlife sightings.
Takwela is a 25 minute scenic flight from the Lukuzi airstrip in South Luangwa. The scenic flight over the dramatic riverine landscape to Mwaleshi airstrip is incredible and then it’s a 45 minute game drive and canoe crossing into the camp. Transfers to or from Mwaleshi Camp is part of the morning activity and direct transfers can be made with a one hour game drive or three and a half hour walk.
Takwela accommodates just eight guests in four en-suite chalets that have been built with local materials and African ingenuity. Two of the chalets have double beds while the last has a king size bed. With over 50 kilometers of private river frontage the chalets have panoramic views out over the river, the local Hippo and a huge diversity of animals that come to the river for water.
Guided morning game drives and walking safaris are interspersed with a morning coffee break giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the environment. Guests are able to explore different areas of the park which host a highly successful Black Rhino sanctuary and healthy populations of Lion, Hyena, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Wildebeest, Wild Dog and much more.
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Looking for a family safari lodge? The Luangwa Safari House is the ideal choice. Combine South Luangwa with Kafue and Busanga Bush Camp or Fig Tree Camp.
If you would like to learn more about this magnificent park for your safari to Africa, donate or get involved, then read up about Conservation South Luangwa.