South Luangwa 88

Immerse yourself in the unspoiled wilderness of the South Luangwa, discovering the diverse tapestry of habitats that make up this exceptional National Park, from tranquil rivers to ancient forests and open pans. 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. Slow down and watch the delicate dance of an elephant’s trunk, listen to the sunrise call of a lion, breathe in the wild African air.

Journey Information

  • Flexible walking safari itinerary, tailor-made to your preferences around choice of camps and length of stay.
  • For example, follow our most popular 5-night walking safari itinerary, or extend it to 10 nights for the full circuit with 2 nights spent at each camp.
  • You dictate the pace, walk as much or as little as you please, with vehicle transfers available between camps as an alternative.
  • You will always be accompanied by a guide and scout when walking, and your luggage will be transferred ahead of you.
  • In addition to your morning walking safari, game drives are also available in the evening.
  • Recommended minimum age is 12 years old.

Journey Information

  • This journey is only available in Safari Season.
  • Time + Tide Safaris seasonal camps are open from 20 May – 7 November.
  • Expect world class predator action, encounters with endangered species and unique endemic animals.
  • Known as the Valley of the Leopard, the South Luangwa is home to abundant leopards as well as lions, plentiful plains game, mighty herds of elephants and diverse birdlife. The famed carmine bee-eaters peak during October.
  • Our signature Sleepout under the Stars is highly recommended as an addition to your walking safari. Just like the early explorers, you will fall asleep under a canopy of a million twinkling stars, listening to the susurrations of the night-time bush. A cosy bedroll, bush loo and culinary team ensure that this experience is as comfortable as it is memorable. Your room is held back in camp should you wish to return.

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SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA

TIME + TIDE SEASONAL CAMPS

Begin your journey at our seasonal camps, exploring the wilds of the South Luangwa in the tradition of the walking safari from camp to camp. Originally sited by Norman Carr decades ago, the camps are located in the best game areas of the whole national park. Each one has a unique setting, from an intimate river lagoon frequented by wildlife to a lofty perch along a sweeping curve of the Luangwa River. Every suite is designed to reconnect guests with the natural world by providing an immersive, authentic experience. Panoramic views, open air design, natural light and organic materials bring the beauty of the South Luangwa to every moment of your stay. Your guide will meet you on arrival at Mfuwe Airport and transfer you to your first camp. After a delicious meal and a cup of coffee, settle into your room before departing on your afternoon activity.

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SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA

TIME + TIDE CHINZOMBO

End off your walking safari in the lap of luxury at our flagship camp, Chinzombo. Your transfer from our seasonal camps includes both a game drive and a scenic 5 minute boat trip. Chinzombo’s luxury safari tents’ award-winning design blends modern style with the best of a traditional bush safari camp. Each stretches out onto a shaded verandah where you can while away the afternoon or unwind with an in-room spa treatment. Each safari tent has a private pool and soaking tub with panoramic views over the river and its abundant wildlife. Down a winding path, the main lodge beckons. Lounge on the riverfront sun deck with a book from the open-air library. Enjoy dinner under the stars, sip a drink at the bar while browsing through old books and photos, or around the fire pit suspended high atop the river bank. On your departure day, your guide will transfer you back to Mfuwe Airport where you will fly back to Lusaka in time to catch your international flight home.

5+ NIGHTS | WALKING SAFARI

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Our expertise in African travel and conservation dates back 70 years and today, you can expect equally pioneering travel guidance from our award-winning team. Time + Tide are custodians of some of the most remote corners of our planet and it is our privilege to guide you along the road less travelled.

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Time + Tide has pioneered to make the most remote destinations accessible across Zambia and Madagascar. Our camps at Time + Tide Safaris are connected through the rivers starting in South Luangwa’s tributaries that flow into the Luangwa River as it bends and heads down to the Chongwe River to meet the same water that has arrived with the rains at Liuwa Plain. The journey continues as the rivers join the mighty Zambezi and plunge into the Indian Ocean, carrying our story across to the island of Miavana by Time + Tide, a raw, yet refined ultimate luxury playground. Come, let us show you…

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