Time & Tide Chinzombo: Gateway to South Luangwa

South Luangwa National Park is simply breathtaking.

Essentially Zambia’s flagship national park, it boasts a stunning array of wildlife, and although there are a number of accommodation options in and around the park, it still boasts that wilderness feel. At almost 10 000 square kilometres it doesn’t lack for size, and when one considers that only a small portion of this area is touched by tourist roads, you appreciate what a wild and untamed place it really is.

Time & Tide, one of our favourite groups in Zambia, have five different camps to choose from in and around the park. Whereas many camps in the area are seasonal and not open during the rainy season, Time & Tide’s Chinzombo is open the whole year round, providing wonderful access to the park during the green months, when the migrant birds are at their most plentiful and life is everywhere.

Named after a type of tree which grows near camp, Chinzombo’s natural building materials and vintage accents blend modern style with the best of a traditional bush safari camp.

Its six spacious luxury safari tents (including a two-bedroom, two-bathroom family tent) rest beneath ancient msikizi trees. Each has a private pool and soaking tub with panoramic views over the river and its abundant wildlife.

Elephants cross the river regularly in front of camp, and the section of the park opposite Chinzombo – known as Wakumba – is one of the hotspots in the whole of South Luangwa to find leopards…

The luxury safari tents’ award-winning design features canvas, timber and reed, accented with leather and raw linen. Each stretches out onto a shaded verandah where you can wile away the afternoon or unwind with an in-room spa treatment.

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, made with produce we grow ourselves. Sip a drink at the bar while browsing through old books and photos or around the fire pit suspended high atop the river bank.

This is one of the most game-rich areas of South Luangwa National Park. Take a boat across the river with our experienced guides for a game drive, safari walk or boat cruise (seasonal) to catch sight of lions, leopards and other predator action.

Chinzombo is right on the doorstep of an area of prolific game viewing, but as mentioned earlier, is only a part of the Time & Tide portfolio in this area.

Get in touch through info@iconicafrica.com to find out more, and let’s start planning your Zambian safari…

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