WHY ZAMBIA SHOULD BE NEXT ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST…

Africa is a diverse continent full of wild and wonderful opportunities. When deciding where to adventure next, you are spoilt for choice. Time + Tide Founder and Chairman, Thierry Dalais, explored these many opportunities as he travelled around Africa in search of his happy place. As an amateur helicopter pilot, Dalais took flight and used Africa’s rivers as a map to guide his search. He eventually hovered and settled in the honey pot of natural diversity, a wild and uncharted destination – Zambia. With her abundance of natural resources and authentic, welcoming people, Zambia instantly charmed him. From this moment he knew he wanted to share this untouched African experience with others and preserve it for generations to come.

ZAMBIA IS A VIBRANT AND WELCOMING NATION WHOSE REGIONAL DIVERSITY MAKES FOR A RICH AND ENTHRALLING TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Visitor numbers are small, and the vast areas of pristine wilderness have remained unchanged for millennia. The opportunity to explore these areas and see the wildlife without sharing the experience with many others is a privilege that is hard to find. From sweeping savannah to mountainous escarpments and mighty rivers to ancient forests, this is a country primed for exploration. Around 30% of Zambia’s land is protected for wildlife, totalling around 250,000 square kilometres spread over 20 national parks and 34 game reserves. Thanks to the varied habitat available, Zambia is home to an astonishing assemblage of biodiversity, including 237 species of mammals and 779 species of birds.

A BRIEF CULTURAL OVERVIEW

Zambia’s population of 17 million people is comprised of 72 unique ethnic groups. Though each has their own language, there are 8 official languages, with English, Nyanja and Bemba being the widest spoken. Zambians are renowned for being very friendly and welcoming and visitors are invariably touched by the warmth with which they are greeted. It is consistently well-ranked in the UN Global Peace Index, often ranking as one of the best countries in Africa. In addition to a rich traditional food culture, there is a flourishing food scene in the capital city of Lusaka. The art scene is also thriving, offering travellers chances to experience everything from traditional tribal art to chic photo galleries featuring local artists.

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Join us at our camps – Time + Tide Chinzombo, Mchenja, Nsolo, Kakuli + Luwi

  • Park size: 9,050 sq km
  • Mammal species: 60
  • Bird species: 450
  • Key predators: leopard, lion, wild dog, hyena
  • Highlight species: elephant, carmine bee-eaters, hippos, puku, Thornicroft giraffe (endemic), Crawshay’s zebra (endemic), Cookson’s wildebeest (endemic)
  • Activities: day and night game drives, walking safaris, Sleepout Under the Stars, wildlife hides, seasonal boating (Jan – Apr), school visits


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LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

Visit our happy place – Time + Tide Chongwe Camp, Suites and House

  • Park size: 4,092 sq km
  • Mammal species: 60
  • Bird species: 378
  • Key predators: lion, leopard, wild dog, hyena
  • Highlight species: elephant, buffalo, hippo
  • Activities: day and night game drives, walking safaris, boat cruises, canoeing safaris, catch-and-release fishing, Sleepout Under the Stars, wildlife hide, school visits

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LIUWA PLAIN NATIONAL PARK

Experience the beauty of Liuwa Plain at Time + Tide King Lewanika

  • Park size: 3,360 sq km
  • Mammal species: 60
  • Bird species: 334
  • Key predators: lion, hyena, cheetah
  • Highlight species: wildebeest and zebra migration, crowned and wattled cranes
  • Activities: day and night game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, birdwatching, Sleepout Under the Stars, scenic helicopter flips, school visits


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EXPLORE WITH TIME + TIDE, THE ZAMBIA EXPERTS

Time + Tide carries a legacy dating back to 1950 with the founding of Norman Carr’s visionary ecotourism enterprise. We are the only company that operates in three national parks, meaning we offer the widest knowledge base and the most variety of safari experiences. From scenic helicopter flips and sleeping out under the stars to game drives and canoeing safaris, we have the best array of activities to create an in-depth exploration of Zambia’s wilderness that leaves you feeling fully alive.

Every guest is welcomed into the Time + Tide family with open arms and big smiles. Join us and reconnect with nature in a sustainable, meaningful way. Touch the earth and feel every sense come to life with the endless delights that a Time + Tide safari offers. Our award-winning guides are widely known as some of the best in Africa, with several of our senior guides trained by Norman Carr himself. Our guides ensure that guests receive an unparalleled level of natural history knowledge, as well as insight into the cultural heritage of the Zambian people who have resided here for generations. The result is an enriching and touching experience that stays with you for years to come, long after the sunset has faded on your trip’s last sundowner.

By working with Time + Tide, you gain access to our knowledge, passion, professionalism, heritage and destinations. We look forward to sharing our beautiful nation with you.

OTHER WELL KNOWN ZAMBIAN DESTINATIONS

  • Victoria Falls – iconic waterfall spanning the Zambia/Zimbabwe border (highest flow rate Feb – May)
  • Bangweulu Wetlands – excellent birding, home to the rare shoebill stork
  • Kasanka National Park – largest mammal migration in the world when 10 million bats arrive en mass to breed (Oct – Dec)
  • Kafue National Park – second largest national park in Africa
  • Kundalila Falls – one of Zambia’s many stunning waterfalls
  • Lusaka – Zambia’s capital city

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Zambia

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.

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South Luangwa

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. 

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Liuwa Plain

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.

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Lower Zambezi

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.

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