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Time + Tide King Lewanika
Liuwa Plain, Zambia
Found in Western Zambia within Liuwa Plain, this lodge offers the ultimate in seclusion, instilling a feeling of intrepid exploration in anyone who makes the journey.
It is the only permanent safari lodge in this region
Open-plan design flowing throughout the communal areas, including a generous raised deck with panoramic views of the Liuwa Plains as well as a plunge pool
Witness Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration, magnificent birdlife, a growing cheetah population and the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride
Spectacular photographic opportunities, as the broad grass canvas hosts annual floodwaters, sprawling wildflower blooms and dramatic thunderstorms – the perfect backdrop for capturing the beautiful wildlife
Time + Tide King Lewanika is arguably Zambia’s most exclusive lodge, situated within one of the earliest protected areas in Africa (it was first preserved in the 1880s by King Lewanika of the Lozi people). Liuwa Plain is defined by its unspoiled landscape and curious wildlife, with Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration, magnificent wildlife, a growing cheetah population and the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride.
Super luxe in design, the lodge still retains its safari authenticity with canvas walls and decks overlooking the plains. This indoor-outdoor flow completely immerses guests in the landscape: relax on the deck watching birds wade through the lagoon, or fall asleep under the stars to the sound of whooping hyenas.
The main camp houses the lounge, bar and dining area, built in the classic canvas and timber safari style. Outside, the generous raised deck boasts panoramic views of the Liuwa Plains as well as a plunge pool and outdoor fire pit located directly on the plain.
Designers enhanced the resort’s authentic safari vibe through architecture and interiors, with the six tents mirroring the broad lines of the Liuwa landscape. Effortlessly flowing between inside and out, the golden hue of the plains is reflected throughout the design, contrasting against masculine accents of vintage leather and burnished metal.
There are a whole host of activities here including day and night game drives, walking safaris, canoe safaris and sleepouts under the stars – all offering the chance to see some incredible wildlife and birds. Venture across the savannah in search of lions and cheetahs, or take to the seasonal flood plain by canoe and surround yourself with a dazzling abundance of bird species. Or, connect with the locale as you learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Lozi people.
They are committed to preserving and protecting Africa’s vulnerable wildlife and habitats, supporting anti-poaching, environmental education, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife rehabilitation efforts
The camps are built using local techniques and sustainable local materials, and are run on solar power
They are dedicated to the community, employing locally as well as sourcing most of their fresh produce from neighbouring communities
Time + Tide’s Foundation drives community empowerment initiatives, with a key focus on inclusive, safe learning for vulnerable children
Why we love it
As one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles, the wildebeest migration is among the most coveted experiences for travellers to the continent. Many travel to Kenya and Tanzania, but Western Zambia’s migration, whilst lesser visited, is no less exciting. Following the onset of the rains in October, tens of thousands of wildebeest arrive on the Liuwa Plains to take advantage of the fresh grazing, complete with attendant predators (think large packs of spotted hyenas as well as lions and cheetahs).
Planning your experience
Contact our Travel Designers to find out more about Time + Tide King Lewanika and to start planning your own bespoke experience to Zambia.
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