The modern safari experience is all about delivering the whole package to your guests: superb wildlife, a beautiful camp in a picturesque setting, conservation forward practices, knowledgeable guides leading you on diverse activities and, of course, plenty of delicious food. At Time + Tide Chongwe, we want you to enjoy every bite with us, and leave with a taste of Zambia’s rich culinary traditions. With fertile soils and many rivers, we are spoiled with an abundance of locally grown produce, meats and spices that have led to a vibrant food culture that offers something for everyone.
A core value of an ecotourism enterprise such as Time + Tide Chongwe is supporting local businesses. In doing so, the community is lifted up, and families gain more financial stability so that they can send their children to school or access medical care. One of the best ways to support the rural communities around the Lower Zambezi is through agriculture and farming. In addition to sourcing food from Zambian food specialists in Lusaka, our culinary team work with the local villages to procure garden-grown produce, wild mushrooms foraged from the woods, fresh eggs, bream from the Chongwe River and meat from hand-raised animals. The result is a selection of delicious ingredients that bring the flavours of Zambia to life, support communities and have a minimal environmental footprint thanks to the short transportation distance.
Another benefit of using locally produced ingredients is that our chefs have excellent knowledge of how to take full advantage of their flavours and seasonality. For example, we only use village-raised chicken because it has the most rich and intense flavour after slow-cooking it. We know what time of year the locally caught bream fish are at their best, and when it’s better to use dried fish braised into a homemade stew. We know when the wild mushrooms come into their brief season and the best local markets in which to find them. We know how to simmer bondwe or cassava leaves (types of hearty greens) in a homemade tomato and onion sauce to create an unbelievably tasty and healthy dish. We want guests to feel like they’ve stepped into our personal homes and joined us for dinner as an honoured guest.
As we love showcasing traditional Zambian dishes, many of the recipes have been passed down from generation to generation in the chefs’ families. This gives the menu an air of authenticity and love. As our honoured guests, we want you to feel that love with every dish, from the first eggs cooked over the morning campfire to the last bite of dessert made with luscious, locally grown fruits.
We combine our beloved Zambian dishes with inspiration from around the world to create a menu that is both genuine and appealing to our international clientele. Our culinary staff have been trained by Sylva Banda, a well-known chef who cooks for visiting statesmen and dignitaries. Her Lusaka-based company, Sylva’s Catering, specialises in teaching chefs on how to prepare traditional dishes using modern cooking and presentation techniques to create an elevated experience.
Alongside our traditional dishes, we always serve a selection of more international cuisine and several salads featuring crisp produce and homemade vinaigrettes. All of our breads and desserts are made daily from scratch. There’s nothing better than bread warm from the oven being toasted over the coals of the morning campfire then topped with local eggs that have deep, golden yolks.
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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.
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.
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.
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.