Nature is the heart and soul of Time + Tide and what we do. From 1950 when our first camps were opened by Norman Carr to today, a deep love and respect for nature has guided every decision we make from the materials we use in construction to the way we craft our guest experiences. As a conservation-based company, we believe in every aspect of our operations and marketing should be carefully thought out to reflect this sentiment. We want guests to come away from a stay with us feeling that they have connected on a deep level to nature…to physically touch the earth, as well as get in touch with the rhythms of nature.
Our camps were designed in a way to create an immersive sensory experience that allows guests to fully experience the wonders of the bush. Open air designs create an effortless flow from the inside to outside. From the scent of wild basil on a warm breeze to the sound of lions and hyenas calling in the night, our camps allow you to awaken every sense and reconnect with nature in a deep and meaningful way.
We build our structures close to the ground with walkways on the Earth, so you feel linked to nature with every step. We locally and sustainably source natural materials that reflect the environment, such as Zambian wood, dried grass thatch and river stones. Inspiration is drawn from the natural beauty of the setting. In the Lower Zambezi, the rivers and waterfalls are celebrated in the design of our exclusive-use house.
At Miavana by Time + Tide, the undulating edge of the infinity pool looks like the gently lapping waves at the beach. Nature subtly and elegantly permeates the villa and piazza design. Locally hand-hewn stone the colour of seashells adorns the walls. Rows of dried palm fronds and bamboo create geometric designs that contrast with the raw form of the rocks. Trace your hand over the walls and feel the organic texture beneath your fingertips. Push back the floor to ceiling glass panels to bring the panoramic ocean views to life. Gaze up at the stars from the turreted shower or watch swaying palms silhouetted against the sunset as you soak in your private tub.
Beyond the architecture, the details and aesthetics of our designs are also inspired by the natural settings. In Liuwa Plain, golden tones are used throughout Time + Tide King Lewanika to reflect the honey-coloured grass stretching to the horizon. Turquoise hand-dyed textiles float in the breeze, mirroring the shimmering ocean mere metres away from every villa at Miavana. Hand-carved furniture made from a fallen winterthorn tree completes the design at Time + Tide Chongwe House. The wildlife hide in the Lower Zambezi looks like an oversized termite mound. In the South Luangwa, beautiful seed pods decorate the tables.
Whether you’re gathering together around the campfire, lounging beside an infinity pool or relaxing in the privacy of your suite, you will feel an authentic connection with the immense beauty of the natural world around you. Slow down and take a moment to soak in the thought and intention that went into the design around you.
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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.