Little did Norman Carr know at the time this photograph was taken, what an effect he would have on a 9 year old boy and how he would inspire this same boy to build his own dream in Zambia and carry on a legacy of conservation.
It’s safe to say that the relationship between Norman Carr Safaris and Chongwe Safaris goes way back. This photo is taken of Chris Liebenberg, aged 9, in the early 1980’s, showing Norman his school project on the South Luangwa which proudly scored him an A++.
Chris, the founder and owner of Chongwe Safaris, knew Norman from childhood and his dad and granddad knew Norman well. The Liebenberg family chose to stay at whichever camp Norman was guiding from at the time in the South Luangwa. He had a huge influence on a young Chris’ decision to himself go into guiding, tourism and most importantly conservation.
In the 1990’s Chris and his father Boet, went camping in the Lower Zambezi. Marveled by the beauty and wilderness of the area, they set up camp. Over time, this camp grew from an overnight campsite nestled under a canopy of Winterthorns to an award winning luxury bushcamp. The site, on the confluence of the Zambezi and Chongwe rivers, is what drew Chris and his dad in the first place; it’s the perfect spot for canoeing, a spot of fishing, game viewing and of course relaxing. With exquisite landscapes and skyscapes, it is no wonder that they grew this into one of the continents top safari lodges and a place to continue their “Love Affair with Nature”.
The company was never just a commercial venture though; there is a true human element throughout. Chris is heavily involved with Conservation Lower Zambezi as a Board Member and like Norman and his role in setting up the South Luangwa National Park; Chris is also instrumental in the development of the Chiawa Partnership Park which is still a work in progress. The aim of setting up the protected area is to conserve the diverse ecosystems bordering the Lower Zambezi National Park and eradicate hunting in the area. Another area which holds a special place in Chris’ heart is in the northeast of Zambia; he also helped found Conservation Lake Tanganyika to protect Nsumbu National Park.
This old relationship has newer links, with the two companies becoming ‘sisters’ in 2012 through shared ownership. The next step in the relationship is the birth of Time + Tide which is the affiliation of these two owner-operated safari brands along with new projects; running ‘blue safaris’ on an island off the coast of Madagascar and watching the second biggest wildebeest migration in Liuwa Plain, Zambia.
All of us involved in the Time + Tide private and intimate group of properties have an inherent care for wildlife, empowering the local people and preserving these ecological gems for future generations. Importantly, we also love sharing these unique areas with friends both old and new.