Hyenas are fascinating and largely misunderstood creatures that play an important role in ecosystems across Africa. Many instances of folklore and legend have painted these unusual animals as lowly and dirty, often portraying them with undesirable human characteristics such as being aggressive, greedy, untrustworthy or deceptive. Despite this, hyenas are in fact extraordinarily intelligent, highly social, and impressive physical specimens that have adapted to a wide range of habitats. With the release of the Lion King, we wanted to showcase these incredibly interesting animals and do them the justice they deserve.
Though they often vie for competition with other predators for resources, in Liuwa Plain National Park, they reign supreme, filling the role of the apex predator. Out on the savannah, you can find them in clans numbering up to 50 individuals. Visit one of their dens for the chance to see their utterly adorable pups as they romp about together. Your heart and any preconceived notions you may have about them will melt away when one of those sweet little cubs stares up at you with its big dark eyes.
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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.