Time + Tide King Lewanika, a destination for purposeful travellers

At Time + Tide, one of our core beliefs is taking time to slow down. A change of pace allows one to reconnect, embrace and reflect. Guests joining us on safari have the opportunity to do just that reconnect with nature, watching the theatre of the natural world unfold and gazing up at the starry skies slowly coming to life each night. Time + Tide King Lewanika is the ultimate space to slow down. 

We celebrate and reflect on the brilliance of the unique destination that is Liuwa Plain National Park, the conservation successes, community projects and its magnificent wildlife. The culmination of these elements makes it a place for purposeful travellers seeking meaningful safari experiences. 

Recently we have been honoured to have had Kingsley Holgate – Humanitarian, Explorer, Author, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and best described as “the most travelled man in Africa”, visited Time + Tide King Lewanika -leaving behind a heartfelt message:

Sweet as Honey

African Parks focuses its efforts on several community projects in Liuwa Plain, creating alternative livelihood options for the community residing within the National Park, one of them being beekeeping. 

The Honey project is a huge success story with 413 beehives having been deployed to reach a project total of 120-130 beekeepers. So far, 1172 beehives have been colonized with bees (576 in the eastern and 596 in the western parts of the park) out of 1200 beehives installed, representing 97.7% occupancy. 3.6 tons of honey on the comb was harvested, and so far 1.6 tons of pure honey has been processed from 2.3 tons of honey on the comb.

Served on hot toast off the fire, Liuwa Plain’s local honey adds to our safari breakfast served overlooking these vast golden views.


Golden Sightings

The dramatic moments on safari are thrilling to witness, a perfect collision in space and time between you, the predator and the prey. Contrary to the thrill, a safari in this destination offers tranquillity, allowing one to find balance by slowing down and taking in the nuances of the vast, golden plains.

From the first game drive of the season to the last sundowner, here are the highlights in the circle of life that we’ve been lucky enough to witness:

+ African Parks‘ newly introduced pack of thriving Wild Dogs
+ Cheetah successfully hunting a scrub hare 
+ A lioness made a wildebeest kill at sunrise and her four-week-old cubs had to jump across the water to join her
+ A brilliant stand-off between lions and porcupines — the porcupines came out on top 
+ Hyenas successfully hunted a wildebeest with 3 jackals on site too 
+ Exceptional bird sightings of Stanley Bustards, Secretary Birds, Avocet, and Lapwings
+ Wild Cat at sunrise 
+ Black Herons creating an umbrella with their wings, big flocks of African skimmers and Pratincoles
+ Malachite Kingfisher feeding its young
+ Five lionesses successfully killed two wildebeest 

In addition to these incredible sightings, we were honoured to have KT Merry, top destination photographer join us in camp, she captured and share her experience at Time + Tide King Lewanika: ‘An African safari experience of a lifetime‘. 

Strength in Unity

One of the first protected regions in Africa, the Lozi people were initially placed in the Liuwa Plain area by King Lubosi Lewanika to act as custodians for his favourite royal hunting grounds. Since then the Lozi people have made their home in and around the wetlands, this region seasonally transforms from a dry savannah to a watery wonderland with the arrival of the summer rains.

In 2003, African Parks took over the conservation management of Liuwa Plain National Park,when hunting in the park came to an end. Partnering with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Barotse Royal Establishment, a long-term management plan was created that aims to support the wildlife populations as well as the communities. 

Through ongoing community engagement and integration, Liuwa Plain National Park has contributed to uplifting the community’s social economic status with employment and tourism revenue, while at the same time helping to renew people’s feeling of custodianship for the landscape once again. Several projects run in the park under the management of African Parks such as the fish-drying facility at Monde School, the above-mentioned honey processing facility as well as a mango processing facility.   

In 2017, Time + Tide partnered with these remarkable forces by opening Time + Tide King Lewanika with the vision to provide long-term, high-end, low-volume ecotourism revenue to support the continued conservation of the park. Every guest staying at Time + Tide King Lewanika contributes to the dream of restoring and continually protecting this extraordinary land.

There’s never been a better time to visit this remarkable destination, one that embodies conservation, exclusivity, vibrant culture and wildlife unlike anywhere else in the world. If you’re seeking to be inspired by your travel adventures, ones filled with as much discovery as there is purpose, we invite you to follow us on the road less travelled to Time + Tide King Lewanika


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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.



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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. 


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    Liuwa Plain’s vast savannah is one of the oldest conservation areas in Africa, yet it’s one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. With its golden grasslands and shimmering lagoons, Liuwa Plain transforms with the arrival of the rains from a vast grass plains to a watery wonderland.


    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. 
    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
    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