Time + Tide Chinzombo

Time + Tide Chinzombo is a luxury tented lodge on the banks of the Luangwa River in the central Mfuwe area of South Luangwa National Park.

Chinzombo is one of the oldest camps in the Luangwa Valley, and having been closed for several years it re-opened in 2013 as Norman Carr Safaris’ flagship and most luxurious camp. It is a small, exclusive camp with luxurious tented suites, and it certainly brought a new level of luxury and sophistication to the valley. If you are looking for somewhere in South Luangwa that is refined and relaxing, with superior accommodation and attentive service, then this is probably your best option. The only downside is that the Mfuwe area of the park is generally the busiest section of the park, so you can’t expect high levels of exclusivity when on game drives.


Accommodation is for only 14 guests in six spacious and contemporary tented suites, each raised on concrete plinths with views over the Luangwa River. The interiors are spacious and stylish, with an open plan feel from the plumbed…


The Luangwa Valley forms the southern end of the Great Rift Valley and the floor is about 1,000ft lower than the surrounding plateau. Through the centre flows the Luangwa River which is fed by dozens of sand rivers during the rainy…


Chinzombo accepts children of all ages but is a very upmarket and expensive camp and will therefore only appeal to families who are looking for that level of experience in Zambia. The family villa is fantastic with lots of space…

Conservation & community

Time + Tide, owners of Chinzombo, operate the Time + Tide Foundation which connects their lodges with neighbouring communities. The projects undertaken by the Foundation reinforce conservation, health and education…

Location South Luangwa National Park
Access Scheduled or Charter flight into Mfuwe (50 mins drive)
Open All year
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Luxury tented lodge
Focus Big game / Birding
Children No age restriction
Activities Game drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Village visits / Boating (limited)
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving Yes (for certain sightings)
Number of Rooms 6 suites (including 1 family villa)
Family Accommodation 1 two bedroomed family villa / triples possible
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower / Bath
Power for charging In room
Lighting Electric
Hairdryer Provided in room
Heating/Cooling Evening Breeze air-conditioning over bed
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room No
Wi-Fi Throughout property
Mobile Reception Yes
Swimming Private plunge pools
Wellness In room spa and massage
Dining Style Communal
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards Visa and Mastercard