Whether it’s a honeymoon, an anniversary or an adventurous getaway with the one you love, our destinations give you the space and time to escape and connect with one another. What better way to do so than returning to the wild in some of the most remote places on Earth? A safari in the African bush promises an unmatched experience, with many intimate elements that make for the perfect romantic retreat. Come, let us show you the romance of safari.
Waking up to birdsong (nature’s alarm clock) as the sun rises with reflecting colours all around you allows for a tranquil start to the day. Couples staying with us at Time + Tide Chongwe get to watch elephants wade across the river right in front of the honeymoon suite, while those staying at Time + Tide Mchenja watch the hippos meandering in the Luangwa River.
Every morning in the bush begins with breakfast around the campfire accompanied by freshly brewed coffee, before heading on your first game drive of the day.
Whether you’re visiting us in Liuwa Plain, South Luangwa or the Lower Zambezi, each destination beholds a unique game drive experience. From lions and wildebeest to a leopardess and her cubs, wild dogs, exquisite birds and elephants galore, sightings in these world-class destinations are thrilling and ignite a world of excitement for any couple.
Ease into the rhythm of life at Time + Tide Mchenja with a private, immersive lunchtime picnic. Known as our classically romantic camp, Mchenja is the perfect place to soak away in an ever-dreamy bubble bath before taking an afternoon nap.
If you’re visiting us at Time + Tide Chinzombo, enjoy afternoon dips in the pool at your luxury safari tent or opt for sinking into serenity with a spa treatment.
Guests are invited to join us for a second game drive of the day after a siesta and tea time, where sundowners are sipped on as the sun dips. It’s no secret that the sunrises and sunsets in Africa are the most spectacular, and nature always puts on a show. No sunrise or sunset is the same, making them that much more magical to witness together.
End off the day with a romantic dinner under the stars in the vast plains of Time + Tide King Lewanika, on the deck of your luxury safari tent in South Luangwa or under a gigantic baobab in the Lower Zambezi – the choice is yours, really. What matters most is that you experience the incredible flavours of Zambian cuisine alongside the one you love. Note to self: dessert doesn’t go to the stomach; it goes to the heart.
Sharing adventures together means enjoying them 100% more. Across our properties, couples can choose from an array of wild adventures from a safari sleepout on a dry river bed to canoeing on the mighty Zambezi. Let’s dive into the options, shall we:
— Time + Tide Signature Sleepout: For the ultimate safari experience, return to the wild with our sleepout under the stars in any of our destinations. This extraordinary experience is an adventurous addition to any safari, allowing you to reconnect with nature and each other in a simple, meaningful way.
— Safari by boat: Green Season in South Luangwa is the time of year for boating safaris (minus the crowds) where couples get to unearth an emerald world from the water with sightings of migrant birds, grazing herbivores, well-fed prey, predators and babies aplenty. For couples visiting the Lower Zambezi, boat cruises are a wonderful way to explore the Lower Zambezi all season long. You can expect to see an array of wildlife such as hippos, elephants, crocodiles and birds while gliding along.
— Walking safari: A traditional walking safari is another one of our immersive safari activities where slowing down and reconnecting with nature is the aim of the game. Although you may be able to travel further by vehicle, being on foot allows you to experience and embrace a new array of scents, sounds, and signals of the bush, together.
— Canoeing: Canoeing on safari is almost meditative, taking you into a space and igniting your senses. Experience the wonders of the Liuwa Plain (January to May) from its waterways, home to a movement of tens of thousands of wildebeest, large clans of hyenas, and flocks of migratory birds. If you’re visiting us at Time + Tide Chongwe, hop on a canoe and glide down the mighty Zambezi and come face-to-face with majestic herds of elephants at the water’s edge. Canoeing safaris are great all year round here, but during the drier season from August to November, animals gather for a drink of water at the river offering an unforgettable sight.
— Tiger Fishing: An epic and thrilling experience in the Lower Zambezi which has earned the title of the home to world-class catch-and-release tiger fishing. Getting your hands on a glittering tiger fish is possible throughout the year but is best experienced in their breeding season, October and November.
— Cultural experience: For couples who wish to enjoy a truly impressive cultural experience in Liuwa Plain, we highly recommend attending the Time + Tide Signature Sleepout an annual ceremony that marks the transition of the Litunga (Lozi King) from his summer to winter residence, which is located on the 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.
Last, but certainly not least, we believe that love is more about giving than receiving and travelling with purpose makes the world a better place. We invite guests to add a community excursion with Time + Tide Foundation to their itinerary for a trip to the local village. Not only does it brighten the day of the students and individuals you connect with, but is an incredible way to learn more about a new culture and the lives of those taken care of by our foundation. Simply by travelling to our remote destinations, you contribute to the long-term impact on the environment and livelihoods of the communities. To learn more about how we strive to make a difference, click here.
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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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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.