This month, we celebrate journeys, and take a closer look at Zambia’s rivers and how their journey reflects our own and connects our family of luxury safari and island properties that stretch across land and sea.
The journey of the rivers begins in Zambia, where our roots spread, and our story began. In the North-West, you will find the source of the mighty Zambezi. From here the river runs its course and ventures into Barotseland where it passes Time + Tide King Lewanika, situated on the vast Liuwa Plain. A land unchanged by time, this expansive savannah has been protected for over 100 years, and remains one of Africa’s best-kept secrets today.
The Zambezi flows further south and the journey continues into the Lower Zambezi National Park where it meets with the Chongwe River. Here, Time + Tide Chongwe happily rests. Winding through the forested valley, the rivers create a haven for wildlife such as lions, leopards and wild dogs before continuing to travel across borders and towards the sea.
On its way, the Zambezi is met by the Luangwa River, which has travelled from the South Luangwa Valley where Time + Tide Chinzombo and its seasonal camps lie.
Nestled in the Valley of Leopard, on the river banks and along oxbow lagoons, the ultimate in wild luxury awaits.
As the Luangwa joins the Zambezi, it travels across borders towards the coast, plunging into the Indian ocean to carry our story to an island in a forgotten sea. Off the north-east coast of Madagascar sits a remote island sanctuary, Miavana by Time + Tide – with azure seas, palm trees rustling in the breeze and a host of activities and wild adventures attracting travelers of all kinds.
Our distance apart is a lot smaller than it seems, as put by Emmanuel from the Time + Tide Chinzombo team – “we all drink the same water, and we are all connected, not only by belief but by nature itself”. The Journey of the Rivers has made us one.
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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.
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.