OUR STORY

The Dalais family took the first step in making the dream of preserving a place at the bush and one at the beach a reality. Investing in two Zambian safari businesses – Chongwe Safaris and Norman Carr Safaris – and took the opportunity to take sustainability further, working closely with local communities and ensure the preservation of these wild, untouched spaces.

Time + Tide today is an iconic establishment, recognised around the world for providing unparalleled African safari and island getaway experiences. Our story stretches across time with a long history in conservation.

We continue building on our seventy year legacy, safeguarding the planet’s most unique and extraordinary wild environments for generations to come.

Still pioneering, still exploring – our story continues…

“Time and tide wait for no man,” a gentle reminder that there is no way to stop the ebb and flow of life’s journey and that each moment presents the opportunity to live wholeheartedly and to do the things you love. This century-old wisdom is attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer, a man of many insights – Thierry Dalais, Chairman

Our
History

We have a legacy of 70 years in safaris following in the footsteps of Norman Carr – a man ahead of his time. Father of the walking safari, he paved the way for modern conservation tourism, working hand-in-hand with the people of the Luangwa Valley to ensure they would benefit from the protection of their local wilderness and wildlife.

Meeting Norman decades later, a young Chris Liebenberg would be moved to continue his legacy of conservation, setting up a camp with his father on the banks of the Chongwe River in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi Valley.

Inspired by these people and places, and following a boyhood dream to preserve a place by the beach and one in the bush, Thierry Dalais and his family invested in Chris and Norman’s camps. Since then, we have ventured to other remote parts of Africa, working with local communities to open up our regions to modern-day explorers who share a desire to preserve them.

The result is Time + Tide, still family owned, still pioneering.

Norman Carr
Norman Carr sets up Zambia's first photographic safari company in South Luangwa.
1950
Chongwe elephants
Chris Liebenberg and his father set up Chongwe Safaris in the Lower Zambezi.
1996
Chongwe Safaris
Thierry Dalais' family invests in Chongwe Safaris and Norman Carr Safaris.
2006 - 2012
Private Luxury Island Miavana
Development begins on Miavana, Nosy Ankao in Madagascar. This gives birth to the creation of Time + Tide.
2013
African Safari Liuwa Plain
King Lewanika in Liuwa Plain, Zambia & Miavana on Nosy Ankao, Madagascar open.
2017
African Safari and Ultra Luxury Island
Our family of properties officially comes together as Time + Tide.
2019

Our Values

We are guides and guardians to sublime landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and rich cultures.

Our conservation heritage dates back to 1950, when Norman Carr set up Zambia’s first game viewing camp in cooperation with Paramount Chief Nsefu of the Kunda Tribes. Today, we maintain his legacy, working with local communities to protect and share rare and unique places in all their natural beauty.

Learn more about our Time + Tide Foundation – we contribute more than $300,000 per year to community, health, education and wildlife conservation.

Touch the earth

Touch the earth

We keep close to the ground and celebrate the places we call home by using natural materials and resources wisely.

Generous + genuine

Generous + genuine

We build trust, we’re true to our word, and we give as much as we can.

Feels like family

Feels like family

Inside and out, we nurture the friendships and relationships that are at the heart of our business.

Conservation + sustainability

Conservation + sustainability

We are guides and guardians to sublime landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and rich cultures.

Surprise + delight

Surprise + delight

We go out of our way to make sure guests’ memories last a lifetime.

Awards

We’re proud to have received a number of prestigious safari and hospitality awards. They’re a tribute to the passion, commitment and enjoyment we bring to our work, and the enduring support of our trade partners and guests.

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Media + Press

We’ve been profiled in a variety of international magazines and press. To feature one of our properties, or collaborate on any PR projects, please get in touch with marketing@timeandtideafrica.com

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Careers

Across the entire Time + Tide portfolio, we’re proud of our people. In the African tradition, we see ourselves as a family and have built our business through training local staff, sharing knowledge and rewarding excellence.

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