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:
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.
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‘.
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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