This month, we are taking time to be genuine. We ensure that, in challenging times, we do not lose sight of the values that are important to us. The Time + Tide Foundation is our inspiration and guiding late when it comes to translating our values into actions.
We would love to share a powerful story of a young girl who joined our female empowerment programme in 2018.
Upon joining the programme, Royce was struggling academically and sadly, dubbed herself as ‘dull and unimportant’. She and her family did not believe that she would pass the final exams needed to reach secondary school. Over the course of two years, Royce attended over 50 hours of Time + Tide Foundation’s Girls Club sessions as well as all the field trips. By the end of 2019, Royce had written her final exams and was sent to get married in a village approximately 5 hours away; her family assumed she would not pass and would find a better life with a husband. However, the following January she discovered she had passed and beyond that, been accepted into one of the top secondary schools in Zambia’s Eastern Province. The Foundation team spoke with her family asking them to reconsider allowing her to attend Secondary Schooling. With the added incentive of a place in the Time + Tide Foundation’s scholarship programme, the family agreed, which has opened up a new, bright future for Royce. When they met with her family to discuss the details, Royce fought back happy tears and her grandmother danced in celebration.
Girls Clubs have been established by the Foundation across all four regions in which we operate, empowering the young girls of Zambia and Madagascar. The programme targets girls who are at a high risk of young pregnancies, marriage and domestic roles preventing them from fulfilling their potential. As of 2019, there are 198 girls enrolled in the programme. Royce is one example of the many girls who are challenging traditional belief systems and highlighting the power of investing in women across our regions.
“You educate a man, you educate an individual. You educate a woman, you educate a nation”
– African Proverb
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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.