One of the uncrowded tourist sites in Zambia


Flanked by a grove of towering ebony trees on one side and the Luangwa River on the other, Time + Tide Mchenja Camp offers luxury in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park. Overlooking a wide river expanse, the camp is wonderful for watching large herds of elephants crossing the Luangwa.

The suites bring style and comfort to an authentic safari experience. Between game drives unwind in your clawfoot tub, watching the river meandering past through the floor to ceiling windows. From the comfort of your villa, listen to the bellowing hippos or watch as elephants feed on seed pods just outside your tent. Come, experience this wild land for yourself.



Destination Highlights

Perfect for a walking safari

Watch large herds of elephants cross the Luangwa river.

Unwind in your clawfoot tub while watching the river flow.

Tented suites accommodation, or sleepout under the stars.

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  • Location


    The Camp is nestled in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia

  • Accommodation

    Its five safari rooms (including a two-bedroom, two-bathroom family safari room) are pure, natural elegance with grass walls, soft cushions and light-as-air curtains. Each has a feather-top bed, large picture windows and open air en-suite bathroom with a bath looking out onto the rive

    Room Types

    • Tented Suites






  • Facilities


    √Solar Power


    √Fine Dining


    √Airport/Local Transfers

    √Laundry Services

    √British three-pin plugs in Main Lounge

  • Activities

    Activities and experiences in South Luangwa National Park

    The National Park is an expansive wildlife conservation area in Zambia and you can be assured of an exceptional safari experience as it is regarded as the home of walking safaris. Exploring the captivating landscape on foot and coming face to face with members of the Big 5 is once in a lifetime experience. The sounds, smells and signals of the natural world are explained in great detail by an experienced walking guide.

    A boat safari on the Luangwa River will add a different dimension to your Zambia holiday. Marvel at the sight of hippos, crocodiles and elephants from the comfort of your boat. Combine it with an authentic walking safari for the best of both worlds. South Luangwa can also be explored under the cover of darkness when you include a night drive in your itinerary for a safari in Zambia. You are likely to encounter nocturnal species like civets and genets, and if you are lucky, also leopard and aardvark.


    √Day & Night Game Drives

    √Walking Safaris

    √Sleepout Under the Stars

    √Wildlife Photography

  • Fast Facts

  • Getting there

    The is Camp is best accessed through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) near Lusaka followed by a short light aircraft transfer to Mfuwe Airport.

  • Why South Luangwa National Park

    Tafika Camp - South Luangwa - Zambia


    South Luangwa National Park is remote and unspoilt. Sustained by the Luangwa River, with oxbow lagoons creating a variety of ecosystems to explore, the park is abundant in abundance. South Luangwa is the definition of wild, hosting over 60 different species of animals, 400 species of birds, and is varied in vegetation. Out of the 732 bird species in Zambia, 400 of them can be seen here; a haven for bird watchers.

    The park is considered one of the world’s most prolific game sanctuaries due to its large concentration of animals around its river systems. One can find pods of hippo up to 500 strong, as well as a profuse population of crocodiles. Large herds of elephants, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, and zebra are found throughout the park, with a healthy predator population to match.

    For the big cat enthusiast, South Luangwa is the place to explore. Being considered one of the best places to spot leopards in Africa, it is certainly a safari destination worth experiencing. South Luangwa is the birthplace of the ‘walking safari’, encouraging intimate wildlife encounters, experienced guides leading you through its wild landscapes.

    Its diverse landscapes, lagoons and waterways lend themselves to photographic safaris, offering contrast of colour in each terrain. The park also provides the option of night drives, exploring the wild wonders of the nocturnal. One simply cannot visit Zambia without exploring the untouched and untamed wilderness of South Luangwa National Park.


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  • Animails


    Tafika Camp - South Luangwa - Zambia


    South Luangwa National Park, occupying around 9 050 square kilometres in the east of Zambia, is perfectly positioned to give you the safari of a lifetime with the incredible magnitude of its wildlife. Bordered to the east by the Luangwa River, the Luangwa Valley lies at the tail end of the Great African Rift Valley system.

    Your holiday to Zambia in South Luangwa will expose you to a woodland savannah, dominated by southern miombo on the higher slopes of the valley and mopani that covers the bottom of the valley. The park supports a vast array of species, including huge herds of elephants and buffalos as well as unique animals like Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s zebra which are near-endemic to the valley. The river teems with hippos and crocodiles. The main predators you can spot while on safari in South Luangwa, are lions, spotted hyenas, wild dogs and leopards. Plains game sightings include bushbuck, eland, duiker, impala, puku and kudu.


  • Birding


    Tafika Camp - South Luangwa - Zambia


    Avid birders will have a field day on a Zambia vacation in the park with the countless species cris-crossing the skies. These include darters, egrets, storks, spoonbills and African skimmers along the Luangwa River. You can also expect to see pied, giant, woodland, malachite and brown-hooded kingfishers that are common in the area.


  • Airstrip


    About Mfuwe International Airport

    One of four Zambian international airports, Mfuwe Airport is conveniently situated for tourists to the South Luangwa National Park and other outstanding wildlife destinations in Luangwa Valley. It lies near the village of Mfuwe in the Eastern Province of Zambia. The 2.2 kilometre surfaced runway services regional international flights in the tourist season.


    International Air Transport Association airport code – IATA: MFU


    International Civil Aviation Organization airport code – ICAO: FLMF

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Google Map for South Luangwa National Park, Zambia


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