Time & Tide King Lewanika


Time + Tide King Lewanika is the only permanent camp in Liuwa Plain National Park; its six open-front luxury safari tents (including a two-bedroom, two-bathroom luxury family tent) are the essence of pure and simple luxury. Built using local techniques and sustainable materials, they run on solar power and are furnished using vintage leather, cotton and canvas - a nod to old-world safari days. Designed to immerse you in the vast landscape completely, each has an indoor and outdoor shower, a comfortable lounge and a verandah, all with stunning views over the plains.

The destination is known as a photographer’s dream, with every season offering a different backdrop for capturing the robust wildlife. Join our experienced guides on an intimate safari excursion to admire some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife - including a growing cheetah population - on foot, in a vehicle or by canoe (in season).

Every season in Liuwa Plain National Park is a special one. During the dry season (Oct – Nov) guests visiting have the opportunity to witness the second-largest wildebeest movement in Africa. Between January and May the arrival of the rains transforms the Liuwa plains from vast golden grasslands to a watery wonderland, making it a photographer's dream and giving guests the opportunity to experience the vastness of Liuwa Plain National Park from the water.

Built and operated by Time + Tide, the lodge was conceptualised in collaboration with African Parks, the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife, and the Barotse Royal Establishment.

Time & Tide King Lewanika Information

Location & Getting There

King Lewanika is a 2.5-hour flight from Lusaka International Airport to Kalabo Airstrip, followed by a game drive to Time & Tide King Lewanika in Liuwa Plain National Park.

Consisting of only 5 luxury safari tents and 1 luxury family safari tent, Time and Tide King Lewanika mirrors the broad lines of the Liuwa landscape. You can view the flat Liuwa grasslands from your king-sized bed or private deck. All these tents have indoor and outdoor showers, a private verandah with panoramic views, a lounge, and a double/twin bed configuration.

With award-winning guides and intimate safari excursions, you will get unrivalled access and absolute exclusivity to the region. Experience the magic of the Liuwa Plain, home to thousands of gathering wildebeest, magnificent birdlife, a growing cheetah population and the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride. The region offers spectacular photographic opportunities. The broad grass canvas hosts annual floodwaters, sprawling wildflower blooms and dramatic thunderstorms - the perfect backdrop for capturing the beautiful wildlife. Stop. Touch the earth. Breathe the wild air.

  • Day and night game drives
  • Walking Safaris - The traditional Walking Safari is the ultimate way to slow down, reconnect with nature and experience Africa.
  • Canoeing safaris (In Season) - From January to May, the annual floods turn vast swathes of the park into wetlands, making it the perfect time to venture out on the plains by canoe.
  • Birdwatching - From January, the floodplains fill, turning the plains into a watery wonderland and a haven for migratory birds. Liuwa is home to 334 bird species, making it a true birder’s paradise.
  • Sleepout Under the Stars (at an additional cost) – Sleep out under the stars on the vast savannah with not another person in sight; the sleepout camp showcases the magnificent simplicity of the Liuwa Plain landscape.
  • Witness the Kuomboka Ceremony - Every year, as summer gives way to winter, the Kuomboka procession is a flurry of vibrant colours, beating drums and chanting voices. This annual ceremony marks the transition of the Litunga (Lozi King) from his summer to winter residence, located on higher ground, away from the seasonal floodplains. If the procession is to take place in March or April, you are invited to join us to watch this wonderfully energetic and colourful event.
  • In-room spa treatments.
  • Wildlife and scenic photography

Children of all ages are welcome by prior arrangements.

Children’s activities at Time & Tide Safaris are tailored to inspire and engage children of all ages on safari. Over and above action-packed game drives, there’s a host of activities to keep children busy and happy, from sleepouts and tracking with our guides to cooking with our chefs and weaving baskets with local artisans. The minimum age for walking, canoeing and sleepout is 12 years old and at the guide's discretion.

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Why we recommend Time & Tide King Lewanika

Time + Tide King Lewanika is the only permanent camp in Liuwa Plain National Park; its six open-front luxury safari tents (including a two-bedroom, two-bathroom luxury family tent) are the essence of pure and simple luxury.

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