Reopened in June 2018, Time + Tide Kakuli Camp has received a total redesign of the suites and main area. The old-style tents have been replaced with beautiful new thatch and canvas suites that take full advantage of the panoramic river views offered by the camp's lofty perch. Much more spacious than the previous layout, every suite gives you a sanctuary all your own, so you can unwind and relax into the tranquility of the bush. With a long and low profile, the view shines through to every corner of the suites, allowing you to fully immerse into the experience.
Staying true to its roots as one of Norman Carr's original camps, the suites are designed to have a minimal impact on the environment and to encourage guests to reconnect with the natural world around them. Thatch walls with one side of canvas drops, open-air showers and local wood accents create an effortless flow between the inside and outside.
Whether you are lounging on your bed, taking a shower or reclining on the couch out front, you will have uninterrupted views of the daily parade of wildlife stopping by the river's sandy banks. Without even leaving your suite, you can listen to the bellowing hippos, watch bee-eaters perform their aerial acrobatics, observe thirsty elephants stopping by for a drink and smell the scent of wild basil on the warm breezes.
As Time + Tide Kakuli is used for our Rivers + Rainbows green season journey, the suites have been designed for year round comfort, offering shade and airflow in the hot winter months and a cosy hideaway from the occasional thunderstorms of the green season. The suites now feature both indoors and outdoors showers, so you can take a refreshing shower no matter the weather! To be able to enjoy a refreshing shower under the Zambian sun or the starry skies is a very special experience. The couch is also strategically placed on the covered porch so you can sit with a good book and watch the African rain come down during the green season.
The main camp space was also expanded and updated to provide a more relaxing space for guests to gather. The guest-favourite deck and firepit overlooking the waterhole has stayed the same, but an expansion has been added to accommodate a large dining table, so that guests can enjoy the beautiful views while dining.
Perhaps our favourite part of the renovation is the addition of a wildlife hide directly under the main deck. What was once unused space is now a cosy hide complete with a comfy couch and prime views of the wildlife that stop by the Kakuli waterhole. Among the visitors we've had are elephants, buffalo, puku, impala and even the odd giraffe! This is the perfect place for guests who just can't get enough wildlife to hang out between their activities.
The wildlife is just as spectacular as ever around the camp. A recent report from our guides include playful wild dogs, two leopards and lions - all in one game drive! Norman Carr certainly knew how to pick a wildlife hotspot for his camps, and we are thrilled to continue on his legacy of sharing the South Luangwa's wildest areas with travellers from around the world.
Come, see the beautiful new Time + Tide Kakuli and its outstanding setting for yourself! We can't wait to host you...
Wildlife photos by Andrew Macdonald and Will Burrard Lucas