Lower Zambezi National Park

Time + Tide Chongwe Camp


Elephant country

Set on the banks of the Chongwe where it meets the mighty Zambezi River, this is a classic safari camp to explore this lesser visited park from.

There are nine canvas and thatch tents, each with panoramic river views, a spacious open-air bathroom and a porch. Shaded by trees, the main lodge has a relaxed dining area, lounge, bar, campfire and refreshing plunge pool.

Permanent waters and forests are a haven for wildlife like elephants – frequent visitors to camp – as well as lions, leopards and wild dog, with the small number of camps in Lower Zambezi National Park keeping it feeling truly wild. The area is best known for its impressive variety of safari activities such as canoeing, walks and game fishing, as well as its excellent guiding.


At a glance

  • Nine tents

  • Main lodge with dining area, lounge and bar

  • Pool

  • Wildlife hide

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  • Chongwe game drive

    Game drives

    Driving safaris are all conducted in open 4X4 vehicles with everyone assured a 'window' seat. Night drives are generally an extension of your afternoon game drive, canoe or walking safari. As the sun begins to set we stop to watch the day come to a close and as dusk falls set off to explore as the nocturnal animals start to emerge.

  • Chongwe River Camp 14

    Walking safaris

    Walking is the only way you really become intimate with Africa, learning about the small, seemingly irrelevant plants and animals that are often overlooked on a game drive.

  • Chongwe canoeing


    Canoeing offers you a completely different perspective as you glide gently along either the Zambezi and its beautiful channels or the Chongwe River, allowing you to fully appreciate the magical beauty of this incredible area and the creatures and plants that inhabit it.

Community & Culture

Time + Tide are committed to safeguarding our unique natural environments and neighbouring communities for many generations to come through the support of their philanthropic foundation. The Time + Tide’s Foundation drives community empowerment initiatives across Zambia. With a key focus on inclusive, safe learning for vulnerable children, the foundation’s philosophy is simple: investing in the education of our future guardians to preserve our majestic landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and rich cultures for tomorrow. The foundation proudly contributes annually towards community, health, education women empowerment.

They also aim uplift and empower through investing in the people. Wherever possible, they employ locally and source most of our fresh produce from neighbouring communities.


The foundation also works to preserve and protect Africa’s vulnerable wildlife and habitats. In Zambia, they proudly support local conservation management organisations with anti-poaching, environmental education, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife rehabilitation efforts.


Time + Tide’s camps have the latest in eco-friendly technology called evening breeze, this innovative system cools inside the mosquito without comprising comfort. Camps are built using local techniques and sustainable local materials and are run on solar power, leaving minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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