Shoebill Safari

Want to see a shoebill? This is your safari. Join Jacob Shawa (or another guide) for this exceptional trip covering the South Luangwa, Kasanka, and Bangweulu swamps. On the hunt for the remarkable shoebill, you will also encounter elephants, lions, giraffes, and host of other species.

Then the safari will continue onto Bangweulu Swamps, which remains one of Zambia special gems - with superb birding from all the water birds to the endangered wattled crane elegantly strolling around the plains.

Of course the star attraction remains the extraordinary shoebill. At this time of year it is virtually a sure sighting. The area also hosts the endemic black lechwe along with tsessebe and buffalo.
From 4 999
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Kasanka National Park
  • Bangweulu Swamps


South Luangwa National Park
Day 1 AND 2

On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a representative from Robin Pope Safaris, who will assist you with your luggage and check-in for your flight to Mfuwe. Jacob (or another guide) will be waiting for you at the Mfuwe airport where he will drive you to Nkwali Camp. The drive to Nkwali Camp is 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush.

Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin’s private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Spend the whole day exploring the Luangwa on board a vehicle or on foot.


Bars / RestaurantsSwimming PoolAirport ShuttleHotel / LodgeGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Nkwali Camp
All Inclusive
Location Map
Kasanka National Park
Day 3 and 4

After breakfast around the camp fire you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport with Jacob for the 50 mins flight to Kasanka National Park. Depending on your flight time you may arrive in time for lunch and then enjoy birding for the afternoon with Jacob along the Luwombwa River. With luck you may see African finfoot, ross’ lourie, pel’s fishing owl and osprey. Returning to camp for dinner and an early night or after dinner drinks around the camp fire.

Enjoy a day of birding and game watching in the hope of seeing many mammal species such as Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, sable antelope, reedbuck and the rare blue monkey. Visit the sitatunga hide with its panoramic views over the Kapabi Swamp where you can spot as many as 40 sitatunga feeding at one time.

Bars / RestaurantsAirport ShuttleHotel / LodgeGame ViewingOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
Wasa Lodge
All Inclusive
Location Map
Bangweulu Swamps and Return
Day 5 and 6

Transfer by plane to Bangweulu Swamps, arriving at Shoebill Camp by boat from the airstrip. The search by boat and foot will start – to track down the elusive Shoebill. Back to camp for lunch and out again after tea to see the herds of antelope for which the area is famous. Dinner is simple but adequate and then an early night.

A full day of birding and enjoying the surroundings. Watch from the hide at dawn or dusk as thousands of waterfowl fly overhead.


Bars / RestaurantsAirport ShuttleCampingGame ViewingHikingSight Seeing
Shoebill Camp
All Inclusive
Location Map
Total package price from: 4 999

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