Safari through a different lens

From late November to May, the Green Season spreads across Zambia and brings the landscape to life, creating a paradise for wildlife and visitors alike. 

Contrary to popular belief, wildlife doesn’t vanish in the Green Season, only other tourists, making it one of the most coveted spots for seasoned safari-goers. Our camps in operation during this time are Time + Tide King Lewanika in Liuwa PlainTime + Tide Chinzombo and Time + Tide Kakuli (Kakuli opens in January) in South Luangwa.

 Take the time to visit these gems during Zambia’s Green Season. Here’s why:

1. Isolated Luxury on the Road Less Travelled

With few camps open and zero crowds, the Green Season is perfect for modern-day explorers seeking the road less travelled. In South LuangwaTime + Tide Chinzombo and Time + Tide Kakuli are connected by the high-flowing Luangwa River, offering serenity and peace and the added opportunity to boat between the two at this time of year. Time + Tide King Lewanika is the only camp in the entire Liuwa Plain, offering a watery wonderland and the chance to feel like the first explorers on earth. With no other tourists for miles, experience a raw, authentic and thrillingly wild safari.

2. Incredible Game Viewing + Abundant Wildlife

The parks thrive during this season with fat and happy wildlife thanks to the plentiful food. Elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and other plains game abound in the South Luangwa, with many tending to their young. The lush landscape results in big cats and predators using game vehicle paths as walkways, allowing an unobstructed game viewing experience never to be forgotten. It’s peak time in South Luangwa to see the endangered wild dog, and now, thanks to the efforts of African Parks, explorers have the opportunity to see them in Liuwa Plain tooIn Liuwa Plain, guests are privy to the second largest movement of wildebeest in Africa, who, on their way south, begin dropping their calves with the last stages of the calving season coinciding with their arrival into the vicinity of Time + Tide King Lewanika Lodge.

3. Birder’s Paradise

Birding fanatics will find themselves in the honey pot as seasonal and year-round residents show off breeding plumage and sing their hearts out, hoping to attract a mate. Drift past Africa’s largest yellow-billed stork colony as they nest high in the treetops, drawn to the region thanks to the safe breeding sights and abundance of easy fishing. Liuwa Plain‘s annual floods turn the plains into a haven for migratory birds. Large flocks fill the sky, including crowned cranes and Africa’s largest wattled crane population. Visit from January to May for this incredible birding opportunity.

4. Vibrant Landscapes + Rivers Flowing Full

The annual floods arrive in Liuwa Plain and turn vast swathes of the park into wetlands, creating a natural swimming pool right in front of your luxury safari tent. Find a spot to relax in the main area or on the deck of your safari tent and marvel at this beauty for hours. In South Luangwa, the Luangwa River flows full on the banks of Time + Tide Chinzombo and Time + Tide Kakuli. Kakuli, located deep in the park and only accessible by boat at this time of year, is perched high above the Luangwa River and offers sweeping panoramic views and comfort in all types of weather. A waterhole right in front of the camp attracts a daily parade of wildlife, making for great game viewing. Time + Tide Chinzombo, dotted along an oxbow curve of the Luangwa River, is the perfect place to unwind in luxury and utter seclusion as you watch the hippo and crocodile activity in the river in front of you.

5. Specialised Green Season Adventures

Canoeing, game drives, boating, walking safaris, you name it. Watch a leopard drag an impala up a tree to feed in peace as your vehicle will be the only one at the sighting. As you drift quietly along the banks of the river, thousands of birds swirl overhead. Walk through the verdant forests feeling like the first person on earth. This is the only time of year to experience boating safaris in South Luangwa. With water levels at their highest, boating safaris take you straight into the deepest heart of the park exploring regions untouched and inaccessible to vehicles and walking safaris. Canoeing in Liuwa Plain special activity offered to guests between late January to early April when the flood plains are high. With no hippos, crocs or tsetse flies, this is a wonderfully tranquil experience where you can hop out and enjoy the water for yourself.

6. Photographic Heaven

Wildlife contrasts the lush landscapes so beautifully and dramatic storms offer endless unique photographic opportunities. As the afternoon storms brew dramatic and magnificent, expect interesting light, dazzling skies and chances to photograph unusual wildlife behaviours. After the brief storms pass, the air and skies are left refreshed and clear. Brilliant blue overhead and vibrant green in every other direction, what more could you ask for?

7. The Most Value for a World-Class Safari

Experience the wonders of the Green Season for yourself where the rates are lower, crowds are minimal and the temperature is pleasingly mild. Time + Tide offers a special offer over Green Season; with 4+ nights you will have plenty of time to explore and soak in the incredible natural beauty on display at this time of year. The road less travelled offers so much more.

    FOLLOW THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

    Book your safari and experience Zambia in the green season with us

    travel@timeandtideafrica.com

    or contact your current Time + Tide travel designer

    Discover the road less travelled

    Enquire Now
    Destinations

    Zambia

    Zambia is Africa's best kept secret, with its vast landscapes, diverse wildlife and welcoming culture. Trace the steps of early conservationists while experiencing walking safaris in the South Luangwa. Come face to face with giants as you glide quietly in a canoe along the reeds in the Lower Zambezi. Feel the rumble of a distant thunderstorm on Liuwa Plain’s horizon as you marvel at the sight of gathering wildebeest amongst a flush of colourful wildflowers.

    Destinations

    Madagascar

    Fringed by white sand beaches and colourful coral reefs, Miavana is a haven of luxury at the ends of the Earth. Raw and refined, this private island sanctuary brings together world-class luxury in a world of rare wildlife and extraordinary landscapes. Madagascar is like nowhere else on the planet. A land of lemurs and chameleons, turtles and terns, where unknown species are still being discovered to this day. Miavana is the ultimate destination for modern-day explorers, an adventure playground offering an unrivalled range of activities that span the horizons of land, sea and air, celebrating the very best of this remarkable region.

    Destinations

    Cape Town

    Perched on the slopes of Table Mountain, Future Found Sanctuary is a secluded sanctuary nestled amidst one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Luxurious private villas are enveloped by expansive gardens and dramatic vistas, offering an elevated experience of Cape Town, unlike anywhere else in city. Minutes from South Africa’s oldest wine farms, world-renowned dining destinations and the city’s best beaches and iconic attractions, Future Found Sanctuary invites exploration and curiosity, while providing an exclusive private retreat from the city. Guided by the ancient wisdom of nature, our intention is to help guests slow down and align with nature’s rhythms.

    Zambia

    South Luangwa

    Just a one hour flight from Lusaka, the South Luangwa is known for its big cat sightings and often referred to as the Valley of the Leopard. It is in the South Luangwa that the legendary Norman Carr pioneered the walking safari and conservation-based tourism in Africa. Zambia's outstanding reputation of guiding is ever prevalent in our team with some of our guides having trained with Norman himself.  Our guides offer guests a raw, authentic safari experience and don't let the finer details in these vast spaces pass you by. 

    Zambia

    Liuwa Plain

    Time + Tide is the only permanent lodge in the Liuwa Plain. Its vast wilderness of over 3600 km2 has been protected for over 100 years, yet it is one of Africa's best kept secrets. As the African rains arrive in the north, the plains turn to a watery wonderland bringing with it a movement of wildebeest as they journey south to calve near the lodge.  Liuwa Plain is known for its apex predators of lion prides and large hyena clans as well as endangered and rare bird species that thrive in this region. It is a land unchanged by time.

    Zambia

    Lower Zambezi

    Nestled between the imposing mountain escarpment to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south, the Lower Zambezi Valley has a variety of activities that few, if any, other destinations can offer. It has been described by guests as their "happy place" because of its beautiful scenery, peaceful riverside woodlands and abundant wildlife. The Lower Zambezi is just a short 30 minute flight from Lusaka and offers guests the thrill of tiger-fishing to peaceful wildlife sightings on the banks of the river while canoeing or boating. Our guides strive to make each guest feel like they are part of the landscape and not a mere spectator.

    This is the most magical place you're ever likely to experience. Nestled under a grove of imposing Albida trees, it is clearly favoured by the many elephant who graze on the Albida pods. Their presence adds an incredibly special energy to the camp. 
    Karen, Guest at Time + Tide Chongwe Camp
    The lodge is stunning and all the staff are utterly wonderful. The views from the lodge are outstanding, lovely Liuwa wilderness. My bedroom was incredibly comfortable, very stylish, hitting a difficult combination of minimalist yet luxury. Incredibly comfortable bed and many relaxing areas to rest. 
    Mandi, Guest at Time + Tide King Lewanika
    Our family had the most joyful time at Chongwe, really everything was perfect and every detail taken care of. The team ensured we had the best time at every activity (even tiger fishing!). We felt privileged to spend a few days here and look forward to returning.
    Dawn, Guest at Time + Tide Chongwe
    We love safaris and this was an excellent camp with a real authentic bush feel, which we always enjoy. The service was excellent and the team are so attentive. Really superb guiding which made for a tremendous experience.
    Cate, Guest at Time + Tide Mchenja
    Chinzombo is a stunning lodge in a beautiful location of the South Luangwa. The rooms are luxurious and spacious, with a deck and plunge pool overlooking the Luangwa River. There is always an abundance of wildlife around the rooms, we had a banded mongoose, bushbuck, elephants and hippo's - just to name a few.
    Michael, Guest at Time + Tide Chinzombo