Immerse yourself in wilderness and luxurious comfort at this intimate riverside retreat

Mchenja is the local name for ebony, and the camp is tucked into a shady ebony grove beside the Luangwa River in the heart of South Luangwa National Park.

Its five safari rooms (including a two-bedroom, two-bathroom family safari room) are pure, natural elegance with grass walls, soft cushions and light-as-air curtains. Each has a feather-top bed, large picture windows and open air en-suite bathroom with a bath looking out onto the river.

At breakfast, listen to a chorus of birdsong and laughing hippos. Between safari activities, relax in the refreshing pool overlooking the Luangwa river.

Pull yourself away from camp to track big cats through the bush with hushed voices and beating hearts. Night drives are always rewarding, with the bush revealing a different nocturnal surprise every time. At the right time of year, this is one of the best camps in the park for seeing carmine bee-eaters.


Camp information

  • Need to know
  • Camp Amenities
  • Location
  • Walking Routes
Open Season

20 May to 15 November


4 Safari Rooms + 1 Family Safari Room (2 bedroom, 2 bathroom)


Solar Power + no WIFI


2.5 hour game drive transfer from Mfuwe Airport

Child Policy

Children of all ages welcome

  • 4 safari rooms – one bed, one bath
  • 1 family safari room – two bed, two bathroom
  • Soaking tub with river views
  • Double or twin configuration
  • Fans in bedrooms
  • Solar power
  • Charge stations
  • No wifi and phone signal
  • Main lodge – dining areas, lounge, bar, campfire and pool

South Luangwa map

Day and Night Drives
Day + Night Game Drives
Walking Safaris
Sleepout Under the Stars
Wildlife Photography
South Luangwa 78
Safari Bush Experiences
Local Cuture
Cultural Experiences
Family Safari
Family Safari
Learn About Our Foundation
Time + Tide Mchenja Main Area 25
Your stay with us
  • Includes
  • Excludes
  • Rates include all meals, standard bar drinks, accommodation, transfers to / from local airport, local inter-camp road transfers, game-viewing activities, laundry and service charge.
  • Activities include: Game drives (day and night), walking safaris, cultural visits, and family activities.
  • Rates exclude entry visas, spirits, reserve wines and champagne, flights and spa treatments.

from $840 per person

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