Our legacy

Venturing to wild and remote destinations, Time + Tide is a pioneer in the luxury safari and island business.  We have a legacy in responsible tourism and offer our guests the luxury of space to feel truly alive, giving guests the opportunity to step away from the incessant “doing” of everyday life and a moment to “be present”.

Time + Tide spans across land and sea in pristine locations with our exceptional teams on the ground taking extraordinary care in sharing our deep appreciation for these destinations with each and every guest.

Time + Tide is a family-owned business, the culture of who we are is the essence of our brand values. We focus on the four pillars: community, conservation, sustainability and local economies in everything that we do to ensure that all our efforts go towards safeguarding some of the world’s most precious places, people and wildlife, for generations that follow.

Our History

The Time + Tide story celebrates the passion and effort of many people and families, bringing together properties and locations to showcase the stunning natural beauty found exceptionally in Zambia and Madagascar.

This story goes back to the 1950s in Zambia where Norman Carr pioneered walking safaris in the South Luangwa Valley, the 1990s when the Liebenberg family chose to showcase the Chongwe in the Lower Zambezi Valley, and in later years when the Peyre and wider Dalais family believed that the beauty of the northern part of Madagascar, in particular the archipelago where Miavana is situated, needed protection and promotion as a sustainable ecotourism development, recently with the addition of Tsara Komba in the Nosy Be archipelago. 

Time + Tide was brought together by Thierry Dalais building on a dream of preserving places in one-of-a-kind locations.

Each of these locations need biodiversity protection and the development of alternative economies that see to the preservation of our natural heritage.

Time + Tide has focused on delivering immersive tourism experiences in these places, working with local communities, NGO’s, local authorities, and conservation organisations aiming for long term sustainability and protection of these beautiful wild places for generations to come.

Still pioneering, still exploring – our story continues…

  • 2024
  • 2021
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2017 -2013
  • 1996
  • 1950

As the newest addition to our collection, Tsara Komba opens the door to a pristine world where the forest meets the reef in a stunning natural display. Crafted from natural materials, the lodge exemplifies sustainable luxury, inviting guests on a journey of discovery through dense tropical forests and vibrant marine ecosystems in Madagascar. The inclusion of Time + Tide Tsara Komba not only expands our portfolio but also enhances our commitment to delivering transformative experiences that promote conservation and community engagement. Tsara Komba marks a significant chapter in the Time + Tide story, highlighting our dedication to extraordinary beauty in Zambia and Madagascar, where personal luxury, impactful travel, and environmental preservation are at the heart of what we do.

The Time + Tide brand evolves to showcase and honour our vision, allowing our destinations to shine and have an identity of their own.  The creation of Time + Tide Safaris gives a clear representation of our Zambian product – a real, immersive and authentic safari experience in some of the most beautiful and diverse wilderness areas in Africa. It also gives clarity on where we want to expand the brand and allows us to grow.

Across the Indian Ocean, Miavana by Time + Tide is raw and refined luxury, a private island sanctuary offering an adventure playground to the modern day explorer whilst remaining true to the values of Time + Tide in its commitment to replenish the wild, tread mindfully, invest locally and care for our community.

The Time + Tide family of properties officially comes together as the Time + Tide brand.

Interconnected through the rivers, our eight Time + Tide camps in Zambia cross the Indian Ocean to reach Miavana in Madagascar.

Raw and refined, Miavana brings together exclusivity and adventure as well as travel and conservation, at around 10 square kilometres in size, this intimate haven is just the place to escape and unwind.

“Throughout my life I have been in awe of nature’s beautiful places… nature has a way of showing you the best of what the world has to offer. My dream is to create a frame for these masterpieces and share them with others.”


Continuing our commitment, Time + Tide King Lewanika was built in the magnificent Liuwa Plain. Time + Tide King Lewanika is the first permanent dedicated tourist camp in the entire Liuwa Plain. With its vast plains, dramatic African thunderstorms and impressive wildebeest movement, Liuwa Plain is often referred to as Zambia’s best kept secret.

In 2013, the Miavana project development was started by the Peyre and wider Dalais family. Miavana is situated in an archipelago of islands off the north east coast of Madagascar. The development saw the rehabilitation of the land and construction work which took more than 4 years. Nurseries were established, invasive non-endemic trees were removed and more than 100 000 endemic plants and trees were planted along with other rehabilitation and restoration efforts.

Miavana’s design and construction philosophy embodied the Time + Tide values and has brought the Time + Tide vision to life.

During this period Time + Tide Chinzombo, situated on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia, was also completed in keeping with the Time + Tide philosophy.

We were determined to do more to bring our family vision to life and set about establishing the Time + Tide Foundation. The Foundation is often the only source of educational, social and medical support for communities in remote areas and our dedicated team works tirelessly with local leaders to publicly promote health, advance female education, conserve wildlife, and support inclusive, diverse education. With every year that passes, greater inroads are made to ensure that communities in Madagascar and Zambia benefit from Time + Tide’s presence.

Chongwe Safaris was set up by the Liebenberg family, Chris Liebenberg and his father were both deeply committed to conservation and their love for the Lower Zambezi. In 2006 they set up Chongwe Safaris on the confluence of the Chongwe River and the mighty Zambezi River.

The Lower Zambezi still to this day is loved by guests for its variety of activities, exceptional wildlife sightings and (catch and release) fishing.

Norman Carr, the founding father of conversation and walking safaris, set up Zambia’s first photographic safari company in the South Luangwa. Our Time + Tide South Luangwa Camps are very special camps where guests experience walking between Time + Tide Mchenja, Time + Tide Kakuli, Time + Tide Nsolo and Time + Tide Luwi, following in the footsteps of early conservationists and truly getting to know Zambia.

Our Values

Our conservation heritage dates back to 1950, when Norman Carr set up Zambia’s first game viewing camp in cooperation with Paramount Chief Nsefu of the Kunda Tribes. Today, we maintain his legacy, working with local communities to protect and share rare and unique places in all their natural beauty.

Learn more about our Time + Tide Foundation – Time + Tide contributes annually to the foundation, with their dedicated commitment to community, health, education, women empowerment and conservation.


We keep close to the ground and celebrate the places we call home by using natural materials and resources wisely.


We build trust, we’re true to our word, and we give as much as we can.


Inside and out, we nurture the friendships and relationships that are at the heart of our business.


We are guides and guardians to sublime landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and rich cultures.


We go out of our way to make sure guests’ memories last a lifetime.

Our Positive Impact

At the heart of Time + Tide lies a deep commitment to the preservation of Africa’s natural treasures and the empowerment of the communities living alongside them. This commitment is embodied by the Time + Tide Foundation, our philanthropic arm dedicated to investing in wildlife economies for generations to come through education.

In Zambia, Time + Tide Foundation operates within the communities surrounding South Luangwa National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park, as well as the community surrounding Miavana by Time + Tide in Madagascar.

Our Time + Tide Foundation‘s focus areas encompass Female Empowerment, Home-Based Education, Student Sponsorship, Healthcare and Wildlife Conservation.

"The uniqueness of being in a camp with only four safari tents is the ultimate feeling of luxury.  Luwi overlooks a wide open grassland that on my first morning we watched a high speed chase - a pack of Wilddogs on a hunt.  It was exhilarating to watch and sent our heart rates through the sky adding a lot of chatter and laughter once the pack had passed by."
Jessica, Guest Time + Tide Luwi
"The authenticity and remoteness of the seasonal camps will be a special experience that I will long to return to.  There really is no place on earth that you can really escape like you can at the seasonal camps.  Falling asleep at Kakuli to the distant lion roars and waking to the call of the fish eagle - really what a magical walking safari!"
Lara, Guest Time + Tide Kakuli
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
"Thank you for embracing the unique culture of Barotseland through storytelling, song, dance, drums and the marimba - this is a jewel in the necklace of the African Parks managed conservation areas we are visiting across Africa - much appreciated."
Kingsley Holgate, Guest at Time + Tide King Lewanika
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