Priding itself on being a home away from home, Time + Tide Chongwe Camp is regarded as one of the top-end camps in the Lower Zambezi Valley and, quite possibly, it has the most picturesque location of any camp in Zambia. The standards and service are excellent with emphasis on guests comfort, relaxation and enjoyment of an authentic safari experience.
Time + Tide Chongwe Camp is located on the west bank of the Chongwe River, where it meets the mighty Zambezi, and opposite the renowned Mana Pools. Sitting just outside the Lower Zambezi National Park boundary in the Game Management Area, it is a very game rich area offering breath-taking views of Muchinga Mountains to the north. The main activity is game drives in an open safari vehicle. There are plenty of lions, elephants, leopards, jackals, buffalos and spotted hyenas, as well as a wide range of lesser game and excellent birding. Wild dogs are seen occasionally too. Zambia permits spot-lit night drives in its national parks, thus allowing guests a window on another world. Large predators are most active at night and there’s also a better chance of seeing nocturnal animals such as genets, civets, porcupines and honey-badgers. Water-borne activities provide a memorable experience, whether canoeing, bird-watching by boat or taking a fishing trip. The Chongwe River is perfect for canoe trips as it’s relatively free of hippos and slower moving; offering the ideal opportunity to view the prolific birdlife along the banks including kingfishers, Pel’s owl, ospreys and carmine bee-eaters. Walking safaris with an experienced guide can be an exhilarating experience, as they allow guests to get close to wildlife, without a vehicle in the way. The Lower Zambezi Valley is fortunate to have some of the best terrain for exploring on foot. Taking a guided walk to the north where the foothills of the Zambezi escarpment form the Chongwe Falls is highly recommended. The elusive Samango or blue monkeys are occasionally seen here.
Dotted along the riverbank, under a canopy of acacia trees, are eight Classic safari tents. These comfortable, spacious and airy tents are built on polished concrete floors and covered with a canvas roof to keep them cool. Surrounded by lawns, they command stunning river views from their private verandas. In addition to the Classic tents there are Time + Tides Chongwe Suites, which are two exclusive tented suites which are luxuriously self-contained, each with their own private dining and lounge area, well-stocked bar, plunge pool and firepit. The colonial-style Albida Suite is located on the south edge of the camp, and consists of two separate, fabulous bedrooms, each with its own adjacent bathroom. Between the two bedroom suites is an elegant, open-sided lounge and dining area. This is perfect for a family or two couples travelling together. The beautiful Cassia Suite is built in the same style as
Albida Suite but designed for two people with one bedroom and en-suite bathroom. It is hugely romantic, ideal for honeymooners; a perfect, private and intimate hideaway. The main communal area at Time + Tide Chongwe Camp is covered by a large canvas roof suspended from the surrounding trees. Beneath is a bar, relaxing lounge area and small library. To the front, overlooking the camp’s jetty, is an outdoor dining area and camp-fire encircled by comfortable armchairs. Guests staying at the Suites have the option of dining privately in their suite or joining their fellow guests.