As the dry season approaches, a quiet yet determined flurry of activity unfolds across the Zambian wilderness.

Behind the serene facade of Time + Tide’s renowned seasonal bush camps lies a meticulous process, a dance between nature and craftsmanship. Building each seasonal camp from the ground up for Safari Season in the South Luangwa, from mid-May to mid-November. Our seasonal camps blend seamlessly into the natural environment, ensuring each guest’s experience is nothing short of magical. Join us as we unveil the secrets of our seasonal build, the heartbeat of our sustainability efforts, and the unique charm that sets each camp apart.

Golden hues in the South Luangwa

The Build Begins

Weeks before our camps open their doors to guests, our dedicated team embarks on a journey of transformation. Led by seasoned experts, including the Maintenance Manager, Operations Manager, and Camp Manager, a comprehensive assessment of the upcoming season’s needs is conducted, and every detail is meticulously planned. This year, our preparations began six weeks ahead, allowing ample time for major projects, such as refurbishing accommodations and revamping communal spaces. The effort and care put into building the camps is equal to the process of their deconstruction at the end of every season — ensuring that we tread lightly and leave minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

South Luangwa camp decor and details

The Art of Reconstruction

With the Zambian sun as our guide, the hands of local artisans breathe life into our camps. Working tirelessly, our team weaves together natural materials sourced from the surrounding community, infusing each structure with a sense of place and purpose. From the rustic charm of grass and reeds to the sturdy embrace of locally harvested wood, every element tells a story of sustainability and stewardship. Our team’s dedication ensures that the camps rise anew, ready to embrace the wonders of the wilderness once more.

A Symphony of Sustainability

Our commitment to minimising our ecological footprint is woven into the very fabric of our operations. Through extensive use of solar power, eco-friendly building practices, and conscientious resource management, we strive to leave the lightest possible mark on the land we call home. By harnessing the power of nature, we not only preserve the pristine beauty of the wilderness but also foster a deeper connection between our guests and the environment.
 Time + Tide Kakuli

Where Luxury Meets Wilderness

Step into a world where luxury and wilderness converge, where every camp offers a unique invitation to explore and unwind.

  • Luwi: Embrace the simplicity of luxury tented living amidst the splendour of the African bush. Set deep in the wilderness, discover hidden wonders around every corner on walking safaris with your guide.
  • Nsolo: Perched atop raised decks, Nsolo beckons adventurers to immerse themselves in the rhythms of nature. From starlit dinners on the riverbed to leisurely strolls through the sand, every moment is a celebration of wild beauty.
  • Kakuli: Meaning old buffalo bull, a nickname given by locals to Norman Carr who was the pioneer of the walking safari. Here, guests are invited to discover the secrets of the Luangwa River. Whether by boat, by foot, or safari vehicle, every journey promises new discoveries and unforgettable moments.
  • Mchenja: Indulge in the epitome of wild luxury at Mchenja, where sweeping vistas, romantic picnics and sumptuous baths await. With the gentle murmur of the Luangwa River as your soundtrack, surrender to the serenity of the wild.

Time + Tide Seasonal Bush Camps

As the final touches are put in place and the wilderness awakens, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of our guests this Safari Season. At Time + Tide, every season brings new stories, new adventures, and a timeless promise of luxury in the heart of Africa. Welcome to our world — where the journey begins and the memories last a lifetime.

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      Zambia

      Zambia is Africa's best kept secret, with its vast landscapes, thriving wildlife and welcoming culture. Trace the steps of early explorers while experiencing immersive safaris in the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi. Two of Zambia's most spectacular National Parks with diverse activities and renowned guiding with deep roots in early conservation for generations.

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      Madagascar

      Madagascar, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, is celebrated for its unique biodiversity and vibrant culture. Home to species and ecosystems found nowhere else on Earth, it offers a vivid exploration of nature's rarities. Discover the unexplored on land and sea.

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      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

      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.

      Madagascar

      Nosy Komba

      Just off the northwest coast of Madagascar, a short boat ride from Nosy Be, Nosy Komba is an island celebrated for its lush volcanic landscapes and vibrant culture. Often referred to as the 'forest gem of the Indian Ocean', it provides a spectacular backdrop for Time + Tide Tsara Komba. The lodge blends luxury with nature, offering guests direct access to both the pristine forests and the azure waters of the surrounding archipelago. Known for sustainable luxury and immersive experiences, our guides are expertly trained to reveal the secrets of Nosy Komba’s rich biodiversity and local traditions. 

      "The uniqueness of being in a camp with only four safari tents is the ultimate feeling of luxury.  Luwi overlooks a wide open grassland that on my first morning we watched a high speed chase - a pack of Wilddogs on a hunt.  It was exhilarating to watch and sent our heart rates through the sky adding a lot of chatter and laughter once the pack had passed by."
      Jessica, Guest Time + Tide Luwi
      "The authenticity and remoteness of the seasonal camps will be a special experience that I will long to return to.  There really is no place on earth that you can really escape like you can at the seasonal camps.  Falling asleep at Kakuli to the distant lion roars and waking to the call of the fish eagle - really what a magical walking safari!"
      Lara, Guest Time + Tide Kakuli
      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. 
      Charles, 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. 
      Mandy, 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.
      Richard, Guest at Time + Tide Chongwe
      "Thank you for embracing the unique culture of Barotseland through storytelling, song, dance, drums and the marimba - this is a jewel in the necklace of the African Parks managed conservation areas we are visiting across Africa - much appreciated."
      Kingsley Holgate, Guest at Time + Tide King Lewanika
      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