Time + Tide Mchenja

Time + Tide Mchenja

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Immerse yourself in wilderness and luxurious comfort at this intimate riverside retreat. Mchenja is the local name for ebony, and the camp is tucked into a shady ebony grove beside the Luangwa River in the heart of South Luangwa National Park. 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 river. At breakfast, listen to a chorus of birdsong and laughing hippos. Between safari activities, relax in the refreshing pool overlooking the Luangwa river. Pull yourself away from camp to track big cats through the bush with hushed voices and beating hearts. Night drives are always rewarding, with the bush revealing a different nocturnal surprise every time. At the right time of year, this is one of the best camps in the park for seeing carmine bee-eaters. Pull yourself away from camp to track big cats through the bush with hushed voices and beating hearts. Night drives are always rewarding, with the bush revealing a different nocturnal surprise every time. At the right time of year, this is one of the best camps in the park for seeing carmine bee-eaters.
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Robyn P wrote a review Jun 2024
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A truly breathtaking moment arriving at Mchenja as part of our first ever visit to Africa. Located in the South Luangwa National Park, overlooking the Luangwa River, the camp exudes calm and simple elegance. Peaceful and private, with only five or so chalets, we felt pampered and protected.

Raphael, the Camp Manager, was so warm, engaging and attentive and we shared many interesting conversations around team development and motivation. The service was exceptional and acknowledgment must go to Paul and Christopher in particular, even though all staff were warm, smiling and helpful - as only Africans can be.

Our room was truly beautiful - spacious and welcoming - and really private.

I was not so well when we visited and I was very comfortable staying back in camp and relaxing in my Mchenja haven, whilst the other guests and my partner went on game drives.

To my sheer joy and amazement, I walked into the main camp area one morning after sleeping in, to witness a herd of elephants crossing the Luangwa River. I was alone in camp at the time and that citing will be the highlight of my trip to Africa, even though we had so many amazing game experiences. Somehow, the solitude, the sound of the beautiful animals swishing through the water and me being the only one to witness it made it quite a spiritual experience.

Mchenja will forever be in my heart.

Thank you Raphael and your special team.
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Date of stay: June 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bob H wrote a review Dec 2021
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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We stayed for three nights at the Time and Tide Mchenja Camp in the South Luangwa National Park in early November, 2021 . The camp was was fantastic!

Early November is the hottest time of the year in the Luangwa Valley, and this year the "small rains" were late. So it was extremely hot and dry away from the river. The thirsty animals were easy pickings for the leopards and lions, which were much more active at night than in the heat of the day.

The camp is located on a cliff directly above the Luangwa River, and you could see (and hear) hippos and elephants pretty much all the time while we were in our tent. The camp manager (Enoch), is a wonderful host, who joined us for dinner and lunch several times during our visit. He's been with the camp since the early days when it was still managed by the founder, Norman Carr. Enoch has a wealth of wonderful anecdotes and stories about the camp, the park, and the local culture. We enjoyed our guide (John) and tracker (Pyela) very much as well.

The food was terrific, and everyone went out of their way to make our visit special. One of the high points was the "sundowner" celebration on our last night on a remote cliff at the edge of the Luangwa River. As the sun set, there were (by the sound) at least 50 or more hippos immediately below us in the water. By the time we left it was after dark, and the hippos were out of the river, all around us on dry land.

I was not expecting the photographic high point at Mchenja to be giraffes, but what you see on a drive is up to Mother Nature! Just after dawn we came across two young male giraffes "necking." In full grown adult males fights to establish dominance can lead to serious injury or death. The young males were taking it a little easy, but the pushing and slapping was still very intense. The light was perfect. The giraffes were in open shade, while the foreground and background were bathed in "magic" early morning light.

Besides the giraffes, we saw lions and lion cubs, bee eaters, kingfishers, pelicans, all sorts of antelopes, wildebeests, wild dogs, baboons, and LOTS of elephants and hippos. We also saw many unique "night" animals as we returned to camp in the evening including Honey badgers, civets, genets, sengi, scrub hares, a pair of Giant Eagle Owls, nightjars, hyenas, and several leopards on the hunt.

We highly recommend this wonderful camp!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Cerkia wrote a review Jun 2024
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We recently did an extensive trip through Zambia, staying in many camps both in the Lower Zambezi NP and South Luangwa. Mchenja camp with its magnificent location right on the banks of the Luanga river exceeded all expectations! The service by Raphael and his team was flawless! So was the guiding by Godfrey, who we really enjoyed for his deep understanding of conservation and his willingness to share his experience with us. The food was excellent, the room beautiful and the area around the camp makes for magnificent game viewing. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tapiwa Mayuni wrote a review Nov 2023
Lilongwe, Malawi
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Mchenja, a Time and Tide property in South Luangwa, was a charming discovery during my visit in October 2023. This lovely little lodge exudes a true bushcamp atmosphere that instantly immerses you in the wilderness. Enock, the gracious host, and the kind and accommodating staff made the experience truly enjoyable. The rustic charm and natural surroundings at Mchenja create a tranquil haven that's perfect for reconnecting with nature.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Micaela Smith, Marketing at Time + Tide Mchenja
Responded 30 Nov 2023
Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience! We are truly delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Time + Tide Mchenja. Enock and the rest of the team will be thrilled to receive your message. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back in the near future. Warm regards, The Time and Tide Team
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Destination208326 wrote a review Oct 2021
Tampa, Florida
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Mchenja was an amazing camp. I was a solo traveler and mangers Gloria and John made me feel at home. Luangwa is a beautiful park full of lions, leopards, elephants and all other animals and birds. Highly recommend this camp.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Stuart B wrote a review Oct 2015
Oxshott, United Kingdom
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A little context before I describe our experiences. We are a couple of 53 and 59 who like our luxuries but are equally keen to get value for money. This trip involved 3 days in Livingstone (the 53 is the great great great granddaughter of Dr. David Livingstone) staying at Tongabezi, 3 days in the South Luangwa National Park staying at Mchenja Bush Camp and 6 days on Lake Malawi (Likoma Island) at Kaya Mawa – largely to finish off with a severe chill out!! The total package was put together by Scott Dunn who were fantastic and catered to our every need – if you want to do something a little bit different I would recommend them without reservation – not only did they put the trip together based on our initial requirements but they were on hand to answer questions and track our progress and enjoyment – I can’t recommend them highly enough. This is the report on the second location – Mchenja Bush Camp (I will post our experiences of the other location in separate reports).

We transited from Livingstone to Mchenja via a 2 hop flight through Lusaka to Mfuwe on a Jetstream aircraft and, given both are in Zambia, we had no immigration formalities to undertake. On arrival at Mfuwe we were met by a Mchenja driver in a good old Land Rover and were taken to the Camp – about a 2 hour drive and plenty of visible game even during the drive in. Indeed, at one stage we were met by a very large Elephant who seemed to think standing in the middle of the track was a good idea! The stoppage did show just how much the staff are keen to protect the wildlife as the driver was very careful to let the Elephant wander off before continuing our journey – this remained the case throughout our stay – the wildlife rightly come first!

On arrival at the camp we were greeted by John and Amy, the Management Team, and given a cold towel to wipe off the dust (an open Land Rover but the dust is never that bad). The towels were a regular and very welcome sight after every drive! We then quickly checked into our accommodation (more later) before having our first evening dinner.

The Mchenja food is amazing! While it’s based on a set menu (which is described by the Head Waiter before each meal) we had nothing during our stay that we didn’t find amazing – and the camp were very aware of any allergies so never an issue. Having later seen the kitchens – which were very bush style and full of things to make a Chef’s life difficult, the Chef, Joseph, was clearly a magician – fantastic cakes, meals better than I have occasionally eaten in 5 Star restaurants, great breakfasts (all cooked on a small charcoal stove directly in front of you) - and even perfect soufflés!! Thank you Joseph – you’re a genius!!

The accommodation is a fantastic mix of comfort and ‘African’. A solid straw roof covers the bedroom and bath area with mesh sides that can be opened or closed depending on circumstance. The toilet, hand basin and shower are outside but surrounded by a head high straw fence – hence the monkeys can get in for a play whenever humans are on a drive! The bed is surrounded by mosquito net but, with sensible precautions, we didn’t find insect life a problem. We did get lots of lovely frogs in the basin area and the occasional monkey rearranging things while we were out. Plenty of inspect spray is provided and the Vervet monkeys and Baboons provide endless entertainment within yards of the huts – not to mention the odd Lion and Elephant wandering through the Camp both day and night – the rangers ensure you remain safe and you are escorted whenever it’s dark.

The game drives follow 3 formats: Morning, Evening and Walking. The morning routine is a 5:30 call, breakfast at 6 on the edge of the river (which borders one edge of the Camp) and depart around 6:30 (returning to Camp about 11). The evening drives leave at 4 after ‘high tea’ at 3:30 (returning around 8) – did I mention the fantastic cakes!

The drives are done in the reliable Land Rover with a Guide (John in our case) and a Ranger (who carries a weapon just in case) – Vernon in our case. The LR has 3 rows of passenger seats and, critically, a solid roof to keep the sun off – a real bonus when compared to some of the other Camps. The seats are very comfortable and, while a bug spray is sensible, they only become an issue when stationary – which can happen if you are watching key game etc. John and Vernon were amazing – I have no idea how they spotted some of the game and how much knowledge they had – consequently, we saw the lot – Hippo, Giraffe, Zebra, Elephant, Impala, Kudu, Puku, Bushbuck, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard plus a whole range of smaller game such as Porcupine, Civet, Mongoose and the odd very amusing Warthog! John and Vernon were also great fun and well up for some typical British ‘banter’ particularly when, on one occasion, we got the LR stuck within yards of a Pride of 10 Lions!! Having seen it all before, John calmly directed operations and we were soon on our way – but given he was asked the night before what his ‘most embarrassing moment was’ I suspect it will give him a story to tell for years! The walking drives last for a couple of hours and are a slow ‘amble’ through the park – they are well worth doing and help you understand some of the finer points about the Park ecosystem – not to mention you become a ‘poo’ and ‘track’ expert under close supervision of your guide and ranger. The walks are early morning so in the cooler part of the day so are not in the least stressful – well worth the effort. Should you feel like a relax at any point, you can of course opt to remain in Camp rather than take any of the drives – the monkeys and Baboons will still provide ample amusement!

The really nice touch on all drives is a stop for tea and cakes (in a safe place where you can leave the LR and have a short ‘wander’ around) or ‘sundowners’ – in both cases the drinks, cakes or biscuits arrive from the bowels of the LR and get set up on a rack at the front of the vehicle – very ‘Out of Africa’! I can’t say how much fun we had with John and Vernon – a great team that found us some quite amazing game in their natural habitat and showed real respect for their environment – thanks guys – you made our Mchenja trip one to remember.

I know I have already mentioned the catering but one particular event comes to mind. The staff had set up one of the lunches some 2 or 300 yards from the main camp underneath the canopy of an Ebony Forest. About half way through the meal we spotted a number of Elephants that had skirted the edge of the main Camp. They cautiously kept coming towards us and, at one stage, were literally yards away. Vernon kept his eye on them just in case but, having realized we were not a threat, they slowly trundled past to a small mud hole, again within yards of the table, and started to have a mud bath – in fact, they were so close that we were in danger of becoming part of their activities!

Overall, another unforgettable part of our holiday and I would wholeheartedly recommend Mchenja as a place to stay, both for the wildlife, the Bush ‘experience’ and the very warm welcome from the staff – Not to mention Joseph the Chef Magician!!

We also stopped on our way out of the park (another drive where we saw plenty of big game) at ‘African Textiles’. All of the goods were made on site and sold at reasonable prices – we came away with table clothes, table runners etc – well worth a visit if you have the time – Mchenja will help you plan timings to make it possible subject to your flight times.

Thanks to all at Mchenja – stay safe and good driving!

If you have any questions about this location, however small, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to respond.
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All the rooms are very similar
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SharonV1 wrote a review Oct 2016
PA
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We spent the last two nights of our week in the South Luangwa at Mchenja. This is another lovely Norman Carr Camp, and definitely the one camp of our three, that had the most amenities. It had a pool, and a lovely bathtub!!! The room was spacious and had screens to keep out the insects. It also had the most water in front of the camp as we were now on the Luangwa river. The view from the room was wonderful and there was definitely the most wildlife right in camp of the three we stayed at. No sooner had we gotten to our room when there were a whole herd of elephants passing through not far from us. We were always seeing bushbuck, baboons, and vervet monkeys!! I love when you feel like you are living right amidst the animals. But it was never safe to go anywhere without your camera, if you didn't want to miss some incredibly cute shot. This was one of the best parts of this camp. Henrietta is the camp manager/host and she along with the other staff did a great job taking care of us. The food here was similar to the other Norman Carr camps, although maybe not quite as good. The pool although we had hoped to swim, was not as inviting as you would want. Henrietta said the elephants had been in and I think they may have caused some scum to be on the water so we didn't go in. The biggest disappointment however was both the vehicle situation and our guide. After having spent the first part of the week with fantastic guides and only 3 of us in a vehicle, it was really hard to get used to having 8 people squashed into one vehicle here for game drives and then to have a guide who seemed to be just going through the motions and not have a lot of enthusiasm for his job. He also didn't listen to our requests, but would move on from sitings before we were ready. I could go on, but just suffice it to say that I think he is an exception, not the rule, as all the other Norman Carr guides we encountered during the week were fantastic. I don't know why the camp couldn't have had a second vehicle for the number of guests. That also seemed not the standard way the Norman Carr camps operated. And finally, the area of the park you are in at Mchenja is lovely, a bit different scenery with mahogany forests, giraffes, more leopards, etc. But it's also busier and after the solitude of Luwi and Nsolo, it felt crowed to us. On night drives there were so many spots out that if felt a bit like we were in the big city, rather than the bush. On our last day, when we were leaving to go back to the airport we had a wonderful guide though. His name was Charles and he had lovely stories and we had the best game drive of the two days going out of the park. Thank you to all the staff and to our final day guide Charles!!! Overall, Norman Carr Camps are authentic and great for wildlife viewing and guiding. I very much recommend them.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Response from NormanCarr, Owner at Time + Tide Mchenja
Responded 26 Oct 2016
Dear Sharon, thanks for your detailed review and I'm really pleased to hear you had a great time with us at all our camps and fabulous wildlife sightings and on the whole great guides. I was very concerned to read your comments about your guide and vehicle at Mchenja. It is a firm policy of the company to have no more than 6 guests on a vehicle (unless it's a family and the WANT to all be on the same car) and more often than not, there is no more than 4 or 5. I followed this up with your guide, who is also the Manager of Mchenja and firstly he was incredibly upset that you were disappointed with his guiding. He remembered you all fondly and said he enjoyed speaking with you about your photography and interacting about different cameras etc, so he sends huge apologies if you felt he lacked enthusiasm. On the issue of the vehicle, I think you might be remembering incorrectly as there were only 7 guests in camp your first night and 2 had private guide so were on another car. It might have just felt like more as you had paid for private guide and vehicle at Luwi and Nsolo. Thanks again for your comments and we'll certainly pass this onto camp - constructive and positive feedback is hugely important to the team on the ground.
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Tom V wrote a review Oct 2019
Shanghai, China
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The second camp we visited in South Luangwa (Zambia) was Mchenja.
It is a very nice camp next to the Luangwa river surrounded by massive mahogany trees which makes it a bit surrealistic.

We saw at least 6 leopards and plenty of other game. Friendly staff, great food, elephants, hyenas, baboons, bushboks, impalas, leopards all strolling in and around our camp.

Top for the walking safari and the view on the river with a lot of noisy hippos.

Definitely a good camp for all type of safari lovers, including newbies.

Do note:
1. No internet nor phone connection in a big part of south Luangwa
2. The staff is local and has not traveled a lot. That guarantees character and is great for local community, but also means there is a lack of knowledge on several things (from wine to Zambia as a whole)
3. Food was great and a lot of efforts where done to make our wedding anniversary special.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from TimeandTideAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Time + Tide Mchenja
Responded 31 Oct 2019
Thank you @Tomv767 for your wonderful and thoughtful feedback, we look forward to you returning
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Jan-Frusch wrote a review Jun 2017
Susteren, The Netherlands
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Mchenja is one of the more luxury bush camps. It is located in an great spot on the river bank, a bit further North, away from the crowds closer to Mfuwe gate. As a result, it feels quiet, and you will meet hardly any other vehicles during the drives.
The rooms are made of thatch, including the walls, which adds to the bush camp feel. But for sure, it is not basic. Comfortable bed, free standing bathtub with great view of the river, outside bathroom with good shower. We were in the last room, and had excellent privacy.
Staff was great, very personal touch, and they went to great lengths to make us feel happy. Hazel and her team organized several surprises for us (which we will not give away here ofcourse), and made us feel really special. So many lovely moments there in camp, chatting with a drink at the fireplace or at the bar, enjoying the great food, having breakfast while the sun rises over the river. Wow.
Our guide Friday and scout Z were very good, They showed us a lot of wildlife, and the beautiful different landscapes. We also did a few short walks. We specifically liked the one where we were able to approach some girafs really close. Friday adapted the game drives perfectly to our interests, and took into account that we have done quite a few safaris in the past. Comfortable safari vehicle, with 2 seats per row only. Also no roof, which is beter ofcourse for birding, which we like.
Overall, Mchenja is highly recommended. It ranks quite high for us, as one of the camps and lodges which stand out as special after 18 trips to Southern and Eastern Africa.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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DD17DD wrote a review Aug 2014
London, United Kingdom
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We came to Zambia, having been on safari once before in South Africa. My husband, myself, daughter 17 and son 14. We were looking for something a bit different. We certainly found that here at Mchenja! What an amazing camp - literally in the middle of the bush. All showers/toilets were outside and we knew there was no connection to the outside world, which was fab!! No kids on Facebook as no wi-fi and not a tv in sight - bliss. The camp host Kendall was an absolute gem. She was always so helpful and chatty. After a long journey, we spent our first evening chatting to her around the camp fire with a nice G and T. We discussed safari life and the stars, instead of going on a game drive, a relaxing & pleasant start to our 3 night stay here. My daughter and I were taken by surprise at how rustic it was - but after a night of adjustment, we loved our room! We were getting use to the surrounding safari concert each night- hippos calling on and off through the night, lions roaring in the distance, crickets singing to you, baboons chatting above your head in the trees and the hyena's distinctive territory call. Amazing! Even the frog looking a me as I took my bath added a certain ambience to it all! We were very shocked and pleased how fabulous all the food was here. Breakfast is served outside with fresh eggs cooked over the log fire at 6am, getting you ready for the first game drive of the day. Lunch at midday was a wonderful selection of salads, fish/meat and a carb dish. The 3 course dinner was always delicious - no options given but that was not a problem. I am gluten free and I have to say the bread/cookies and cakes they baked especially for me were absolutely delicious - much better than those we have here in the UK - thank you again to the 2 chefs. Now, for the game drives! We had John as a guide, who is also the Bush camp Manager. What a lovely chap, so knowledgable and a very considerate driver to us/the animals and the surroundings. He knew the answer to pretty much everything we asked (Google said a group of vultures is called a Committee - John!!) and we asked a lot!! The amount of animals we saw here in South Luangwa was immense. There are so many wonderful stories we have brought back home to tell, its mind blowing. We saw every animal you would expect to and all of them up close and personal - with thanks to John, and Gideon our superb Scout/tracker. I loved the elephants we were saw so many of them, as well as leopards, large group of lions, 400 buffalo in one group, hilarious baboons, wart hog, crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, lots of birds etc etc etc !
We were scared on the 2nd night, when a big bull elephant decided to eat from the tree next to our room, literally 15foot away but he slowly meandered off to eat somewhere else! All in all a wonderful stay on the river bank which has left us with many many happy / thrilling memories and some wonderful photographs. Thank you to all the staff- keep up the good work. x
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: I think all the rooms are the same loveliness! - big comfy bed, outside toilet/shower, inside bath.
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Answer from Time + Tide
Cape Town Central, South Africa12 contributions
Hi Maya B. We are in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park so we have no wifi or cell signal in camp. It's one of the wonderful reasons to come on safari, disconnecting from technology and getting in touch with nature and the bush. We hope to see you out here one day.
Gordmartin asked a question Feb 2018
Fort Myers, Florida10 contributions3 helpful votes
Would there be any significant difference between September and October for the wildlife viewing?
Answer from Time + Tide
Cape Town Central, South Africa12 contributions
Hi Gordmartin, the game viewing is excellent in both September and October. The main difference would be that October will be hotter and most of the lagoons and river tributaries will be dry forcing more animals closer to the few water sources - the main one being the Luangwa River which is where Mchenja is located. Late October the clouds start to build and there is a chance of seeing the first rain. I would 100% recommend both months as excellent game viewing months. Any other questions do let us know.
tacowolf asked a question Apr 2017
San Luis Obispo67 contributions51 helpful votes
How bad were the tsetse flies?
Answer from Time + Tide
Cape Town Central, South Africa12 contributions
Hi Tacowolf, there are very few tsetse flies around Mchenja (or Kakuli) and you'll likely see none or only one or two if you're unlucky on your drives or walks from the camp.
JAYB1960 asked a question Oct 2016
London, United Kingdom6 contributions5 helpful votes
Out of interest is there internet and or phone access at this camp
Answer from Time + Tide
Cape Town Central, South Africa12 contributions
Hi Jay, we don't have phone or internet in our Safari Camps which are in the heart of the National Park. Not only is there little to no telecoms access, but we hope it gives guests a chance to get back to nature and switch off properly. Norman Carr Safaris' Chinzombo does have phone and wifi for guests as we also understand there are people who need to be in communication with the outside world 24 hours a day and we can offer it at this camp. Any other questions you have, do let us know. The Team at Norman Carr Safaris.
Robyn P wrote a tip Jun 2024
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"Check on the best time to shower to ensure hot water. We enjoyed showers in the afternoon between game drives. Mornings cold. Days warm."
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pgiulioni wrote a tip Aug 2022
La Quinta, California163 contributions102 helpful votes
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"Make sure you do the river bed sleep out under the stars. It is not to be missed."
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Bob H wrote a tip Dec 2021
Ann Arbor, Michigan58 contributions20 helpful votes
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"All the rooms are great!"
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bmcneill wrote a tip Oct 2019
Frederick, Maryland24 contributions13 helpful votes
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"All lodges face the river."
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craig m wrote a tip Nov 2016
Perth, Australia136 contributions85 helpful votes
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"last tent from camp for peace & quiet"
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FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Mchenja Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris
LOCATION
ZambiaSouth Luangwa National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.
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TIME + TIDE MCHENJA - Specialty Resort Reviews (South Luangwa National Park, Zambia)

Frequently Asked Questions about Time + Tide Mchenja
What are some of the property amenities at Time + Tide Mchenja?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Time + Tide Mchenja?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Time + Tide Mchenja?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Time + Tide Mchenja have airport transportation?
Yes, Time + Tide Mchenja offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Time + Tide Mchenja have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Time + Tide Mchenja accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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