As you know, Zambia’s safari history began over 70 years ago, by one of our founders, Norman Carr. Over the decades, he has inspired many individuals to forge their own path in safari and conservation, and as such, several of the businesses in Zambia, like ours, are family owned and operated and some have shared history.
In recent years, two young men (Luke Evans and Kyle Branch) have created a new business in the Lower Zambezi: Tusk & Mane. The company has two small, light-touch camps in the east of the Zambezi Valley which we think complement our stunning site in the west of the park, on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers. As such, we have come together to create a 6 night itinerary to celebrate the entire breadth of the Zambezi Valley.
We share a history; we have known Luke since he was a child, as he grew up at Kapani Lodge, Time + Tide’s South Luangwa HQ, when his mother was working for Norman in the 1980s. This aside, Luke is a true Zambian and both guys love the country’s people, the land and wildlife and want nothing more than to share the wonder of this country with their guests and to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the area and communities. In the words of one of our Lower Zambezi founders, Chris Liebenberg, “I know how they feel, driven by heart and passion, it’s not always a sound commercial choice I can assure you.”
Tusk & Mane’s philosophy is similar to ours with a focus on local employment and the highest standards of guiding. Kyle is more than a guide, he is a teacher, leader and essential part of a nationwide guide’s training program that pushes new guides to achieve even higher levels of knowledge.
We are proud to call Luke and Kyle friends, but more importantly we share views on how a safari should be experienced. At Time + Tide, we believe the most beautiful things in life can pass us by if we’re not careful, and we need to take the time to reconnect with nature, with ourselves, and with one another. That’s our definition of luxury, pure and simple. And while our camps at Time + Tide Chongwe Safaris have gentrified over the years, we aim to keep our soul humble; led by the sound of General Manager, Flossie laughing, the hippos honking in the river, elephants crossing through camp or a smile from one of our team.
The itinerary includes three nights at Time + Tide Chongwe, to discover your bush legs and then three nights with Tusk & Mane, providing a spectacular experience including all the greatest hits of the Lower Zambezi:
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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.