Tapping into the rivers of Zambia

Through rivers, our properties are connected across land and sea. The journey starts in South Luangwa’s tributaries, flowing into the Luangwa River, bending and heading down to the Chongwe River where it meets the same water arriving with the rains at Liuwa Plain. Drifting along, these rivers join the mighty Zambezi and venture out to our private island in the Indian Ocean.

While many imagine a safari to be about game drives, there is a world of wonder to be discovered in areas not reachable by vehicle. At Time + Tide, we invite our guests to follow the road less travelled with us to experience this African utopia in its entirety with our immersive safari activities. In this journal, we highlight the thrilling water-focused activities that guests can experience when visiting our properties from canoeing to catch-and-release fishing, boating and cultural-related experiences too.

The Mighty Zambezi

Nestled between an imposing mountain escarpment to the north and the Zambezi River to the south, the Lower Zambezi Valley boasts a variety of activities that few, if any, other destinations can offer. Guests staying at Time + Tide Chongwe can experience the following activities on water:

Canoeing Safaris

Take to the Lower Zambezi by canoe and come face to face with majestic herds of elephants at the water’s edge. Canoeing safaris are great all year round, but during the drier season from August to November, animals gather for a drink of water at the river. This is a truly unforgettable and thrilling experience that if currently not on your bucket list, should be.

Catch-And-Release Fishing

The Lower Zambezi is home of world-class catch-and-release tiger fishing. Getting your hands on a glittering tiger fish is possible throughout the year but is best experienced during October and November in their breeding season.

Safari by Boat

Boat cruises are a wonderful way to explore the Lower Zambezi. Guests can expect to see an array of wildlife such as hippos, elephants, crocodiles and birds.

Liuwa Plain National Park

Time + Tide King Lewanika is the only camp in the entire Liuwa Plain National Park offering a watery wonderland and the chance to feel like the first explorers on Earth.

Canoeing

From January to May the annual floods turn vast swathes of the park into wetlands making it the perfect time to venture out on the plains by canoe. Bird watching is prime during these months, as the plains turn into a haven for migratory birds. Large flocks fill the sky, including crowned cranes and Africa’s largest wattled crane population. 

Lozi Fishing

On certain days of the week, Lozi people gather at the Munde River in the Liuwa Plain National Park where they use fish trap baskets to catch fish. These days and times are decided and agreed on together to ensure the fairness of the catch in the community.

Kuomboka Ceremony

Every year, as summer gives way to winter, the Kuomboka procession is a flurry of vibrant colours, beating drums and chanting voices. This annual ceremony marks the transition of the Litunga (Lozi King) from his summer to winter residence, which is located on higher ground, away from the seasonal floodplains. The exact date changes every year, depending on the ebb and flow of the natural world but if the procession is to take place, it’s in March or April, and guests are invited to join to watch this wonderfully energetic and colourful event. 

Safari by boat in the South Luangwa

The Green Season, also known as Emerald Season, spreads across Zambia from late November to March every year. After a hot summer in the valley, the rains shower down and bring the wilderness to life, creating a haven for wildlife and visitors alike. 

Connected by the high-flowing Luangwa River, Time + Tide Chinzombo and Kakuli remain open during this season, offering the ultimate tranquillity with the added opportunity to boat between the two camps. With water levels at their highest, boating safaris take you straight into the deepest heart of the park to territories untouched and inaccessible to vehicles and walking safaris.

Wildlife does not vanish during this season, only the tourists, making it one of the most coveted spots for seasoned safari-goers. Venture beyond the river banks, through the flooded ebony groves and encounter animals wandering, grazing and drinking at eye level. Furthermore, the Green Season is a birder’s paradise with seasonal and year-round residents showing off breeding plumage and singing their hearts out, hoping to attract a mate.

 

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    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.

    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.

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    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