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Known 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. Today, our award-winning Zambian guides, some who were trained by Norman himself, offer guests a wonderfully immersive experience in one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

Smell the pot of coffee on the campfire at sunrise as you anticipate the day’s activities. At sundowners, sip a gin and tonic while being dazzled by plains game under a glowing red sky. Discover the difference between lion and leopard paws as you trace your finger over their prints in the soil. Admire a family of elephants or a herd of cape buffalo on a safari drive. Marvel at the richness of 450 bird species one minute and a pack of endangered wild dogs the next.

Stretching out over 9,000 square kilometres and only an hour’s flight away from Lusaka or Lilongwe, this unfenced and unspoiled wilderness feels a world away from modern life.

Region information

  • 9,050 km2
  • 1 hour flight from Lusaka (Proflight)
  • 1 hour flight from Lilongwe, Malawi (Ulendo Airlink)
  • Known as the Valley of the Leopard
  • Combine drives, evening drives, walking safaris and boating safaris (boating is seasonal when the river is high from Jan – Apr)
  • Zambia’s Premier Wildlife Destination

Norman Carr was a man ahead of his time. He was a bold innovator of the walking safari which initiated a far-reaching concept that was to pave the way for modern conservation and ecotourism.

Back in 1950, he encouraged Senior Chief Nsefu – Paramount Chief of the Kunda people in the Luangwa Valley – to set aside a portion of tribal land as a game reserve and built the first game viewing camp open to the public in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia).

His dream was to secure the future of this unique wilderness by ensuring that the local population would benefit through conservation of the wildlife and habitat of the Luangwa Valley. This led to the birth of Zambia’s first safari company. We are very proud of the role that Norman played in our history and his legacy lives on in our people and the camps we operate across the South Luangwa.

Camps in
South Luangwa

Follow in the footsteps of early conservationists and immerse yourself in the abundance of wildlife in an unspoiled wilderness.

Day + night drives

Nothing beats encounters with magnificent African wildlife during both day and night drives. Our award-winning guides provide a wealth of knowledge to enrich the experience.

Walking safaris

Explore the untamed beauty of the South Luangwa with our experienced guides at your side, sharing their knowledge of flora and fauna. Our amazing guides make every step thrilling, allowing you to become part of the landscape rather than a mere spectator.

Boating

A river safari offers a fresh perspective on the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, from predators on the bank to the diverse birdlife. With plenty of water, January to April is the best time to enjoy a boating safari.

Sleepout

Feel the thrill of early explorers while camping out in the Luwi Riverbed with only the wildlife and stars for company. It’s an experience you will never forget.

South Luangwa, Zambia

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Stretching out over 9,000 square kilometres and only an hour’s flight away from Lusaka or Lilongwe, this unfenced and unspoiled wilderness feels a world away from everyday life.

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Our Story

Our Legacy

We believe you’ll never truly know and understand a country until you’ve walked it. We are still following in the footsteps of early explorers and the ideals that they believed in:

SAFARI WAKALE
Safari the traditional way
SHARING + PRESERVING
the unique wilderness of the Luangwa Valley
OFFERING
immersive and authentic safari experiences
COMMITMENT
to the welfare and development of our community
RECOGNISING
and developing potential in people
PROMOTING
Zambia as a destination for international visitors

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. 
Karen, 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. 
Mandi, 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.
Dawn, 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