Walk in one of Africa’s most remote and unspoiled wilderness reserves. Time+Tide King Lewanika is one of the swankiest walking safari bases in Zambia.
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In Zambia's far west, Liuwa Plain is a pristine wilderness area with outstanding expanses of savanna teeming with wildlife. Protected for over a century and now under the management of conservation non-profit African Parks, the plain is transformed by the seasons, with floodplains turning to wetlands as rains arrive from mid-October onwards. These conditions attract large numbers of wildebeest and their predators, including healthy numbers of lion and hyena. The 3600 km2 park is also a cheetah stronghold.
The only lodge - and sole walking safari possibility - is King Lewanika camp, part of the luxury Time + Tide portfolio. In keeping with the standard across all camps, Time+Tide King Lewankia has magnificent and tasteful safari tents that are furnished in a classic style using vintage leather, cotton and canvas.
From camp, guests can mix game drives, walks and canoe safaris (in season). From mid-July to mid-October, the camp is closed, but walks can be enjoyed at any other time. Rains generally come in the form of showers or afternoon thunderstorms after the day's walk is completed. The best time to enjoy wild flowers is November-December, while bird life is prolific throughout the safari season.
Liuwa Plains is accessed by air to Kalabo airstrip, from where it's a 2.5hr drive to camp.
The daily rhythm of safari at Time+Tide King Lewanika is defined by nature, rising early to a light breakfast that includes eggs cooked to order on the campfire, before heading out on the morning walk.
Escorted by a guide and scout, walks explore at a relaxed pace with plenty of time to investigate fresh tracks and flora or just to scan for wildlife. There is always a snack stop at a suitable site along the way.
The walk duration is dependent on conditions, but guests are generally back at camp by 10am and sitting down to brunch by 11am. After that, there is time to rest and do some wildlife spotting from camp. Afternoon tea is followed by a shorter drive and walk, with sundowners a highlight of the day. The drive back to camp after dark is a chance to spot crepuscular animals emerging to forage.
Dinner is at 8pm, and after relaxing by the fire under the stars it's early to bed to be rested for another early start on the trail.
- All meals & standard drinks
- Transfers to / from MNE Airstrip
- Laundry service charge
- 2 daily activities: Game drives (day + night), walking safaris, seasonal canoeing and cultural visits
- National Park fees and Conservation Levies $140 pppn
- Premier spirits, wines, champagnes,
- Entry visas
- Meet and Greet in Lusaka
- Spa treatments
- Personal expenses