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Essence of the South Luangwa Safari

Inspirational safari holiday to Zambia

Dust off those hiking boots and embark on a thrilling game drive and walking adventure in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. Experience the 'real' Africa staying in simple, back-to-nature camps, where you will lose yourself in the sights and sounds of the wilderness. Go even wilder with the addition of a sleepout under the stars experience. The itinerary takes in 3 of our favorite Time + Tide bush camps, namely Luwi, Nsolo and Kakuli. Expect outstanding guiding, day and night game drives, walks and the truly memorable game viewing.

The South Luangwa is particularly famous for its leopard sightings and large pods of hippos. For the ultimate safari experience, return to the wild with Time + Tide's signature Sleepout Under the Stars. Just like the early explorers, spent a night falling asleep under a canopy of a million twinkling stars, listening to the susurrations of the nighttime bush. A cozy bedroll, bush loo and culinary team ensure that this experience is as comfortable as it is memorable.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Lusaka
  • 3 nights - Time + Tide Luwi, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • 2 nights - Time + Tide Nsolo, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • 1 night - Time + Tide Signature Sleepout, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • 2 nights - Time + Tide Kakuli, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • Ends - Transfer to Lusaka for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Zambia
  • Nights Icon 8 Nights
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Time tide king lewanika lodge sleepout tent experience 1280
Time tide luwi camp fire 1280
Time tide kakuli game viewing hideout 1280


  • A thrilling back-to-nature safari for the truly adventurous
  • Zambias famous bush camps - remote, intimate and wild
  • Sleepout Under the Stars experience
  • Day and night game drives and walking safaris
  • The South Luangwa - the Valley of the Leopard
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Lusaka

Time Tide Luwi Tent exterior
Time Tide Luwi Tent bathroom
Time Tide Luwi Main Area
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Day 1 - 4

Arrive at Lusaka Airport and connect with a light aircraft flight to Mfuwe Airport in the South Luangwa. A guide will be there waiting to drive you the +- 2 hour drive to your bush camp.

  • 3 nights

Time + Tide Luwi
All Inclusive | Grass, Bamboo & Thatch Chalet

Time Tide Luwi Tent interior
L lounge and bar area
T outdoor bathroom
B aeriel view of the surrounding landscape
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Day 4 - 6

You can either choose to walk the +-3 hour walk to your next bush camp or be driven by your guide, game viewing en route.

  • 2 nights

Time + Tide Nsolo
All Inclusive | Grass & Wood Chalet

A tented bedroom
L aerial view of the sleepout area
T dining setup
B stargazing by the fire
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Day 6

This afternoon you will be driven to your camping spot set high in a dry river bed.

  • 1 night

Time + Tide Signature Sleepout
All Inclusive | Sleep out

A sleepout set up
L game viewing hideout
T bar and lounge area
B sunset view from the tent
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Day 7 - 9

Choose to walk to your next bush camp or have your guide escort you in the vehicle.

  • 2 nights

Time + Tide Kakuli
All Inclusive | Traditional Safari Tent

Time Tide Kakuli Safari Room

Day 9

Bid the wilds of the South Luangwa goodbye as you return to Mfuwe Airport for your flight via light aircraft to Lusaka Airport. Here you will connect with your onward flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Fly Camping Icon Fly Camping
  • Star Gazing Star Beds Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Photographic Safari Icon Wildlife Hide
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Wild Dog
    Wild Dog
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Puku
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Impala
  • Hippo
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Bushbuck
  • Buffalo
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
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