News that Zambia is open to international travelers and ready to start safaris again has us ready to pack our bags and take flight. It’s been a while. We took some time to connect with Time + Tide’s expert guides and asked what they love most about their regions – the South Luangwa, Liuwa Plain and Lower Zambezi. Here is what they had to say…
Brian, Time + Tide Liuwa Plain
Why Liuwa Plain?
“My favorite thing about Liuwa is its vast open plains, seconded by the total isolation of the place. What makes it really special is the migrating wildebeest and the hyenas – that are actually the apex predator in Liuwa Plain.”
Liuwa Plain National Park is home to the second largest wildebeest migration on the continent. In October, the wildebeest begin to move south to give birth before beginning their return journey north, making this the best time of year to be part of this iconic experience.
The migrating wildebeest attract the attentions of Liuwa Plain’s apex predators. There are estimated to be over 350 spotted hyenas in Liuwa Plain, forming clans of up to 50 individuals and outnumbering the big cats by a significant margin. However, with reintroductions and the birth of new cubs, the lion population has been steadily increasing, due largely to the efforts of African Parks.
“Visiting the hyenas at their dens, walking safaris across the plains, and canoeing along the King’s Pool, to name a few”
If you are drawn to exploring the waterways and canoeing along King’s Pool, be sure to visit when the water levels are high between late January and early April. There are no hippos or crocodiles, and you can hop out and enjoy the water for yourself.
Abraham, Time + Tide South Luangwa
Why South Luangwa?
“Above the fact that the South Luangwa is my native land, I am privileged enough to have been mentored by Norman Carr, whose legacy is deeply woven into the history of the region. What I love most about the South Luangwa is its geographical layout, being part of the continental rift that emanates from the Red Sea through East Africa. The Luangwa river meanders along a flat valley floor, creating oxbow lagoons. These lagoons, with or without water, are a vital ecological feature as the alluvial deposits result in rich grazing grounds attracting masses of game.”
“I love walking safaris with the guests. I really enjoy the authenticity of it and how it makes me feel truly connected to mother nature. The views and scenery are spectacular!”
The South Luangwa National Park is also known as Zambia’s premier wildlife destination. Tap into your inner explorer by walking between and staying in our seasonal bush camps – named collectively as Norman’s camps in honour of his legacy. Norman Carr, the pioneer of the walking safari, believed the only way to understand a country is to walk it. To follow in his footsteps, be sure to visit from May through to mid-November. The months of October and November, the peak of the dry season, are a great time to see predator action as animals concentrate around dwindling water sources.
Ronald, Time + Tide Lower Zambezi
Why Lower Zambezi?
“The Lower Zambezi is a special place. The habitat changes every few kilometers on a game drive or boat cruise, from vast plains, jesse-bush woodlands, palm trees, albidas and more. I enjoy watching the leopards, my favorite animal, especially when they hunt. The best thing about the Lower Zambezi has to be the water, I just love to be on the river.”
“Canoeing. You can sit so low in the canoes and listen to each animal sound in its most natural form. There is no noise from the boat engine, and this makes the animals calm. You can enjoy the view and take amazing pictures as you drift past, whilst enjoying peace and quiet.”
Time + Tide Chongwe is situated at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers. Being right on the river where water levels are high all year round, activities such as canoeing, fishing and boating safaris are celebrated here. You can expect to see plenty hippos, crocodiles, birds and elephants congregating along the river, especially during the driest months of August to November.
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