The Bangweulu Wetlands cover an area of approximately 35,000sq kms. To the south and east of Lake Bangweulu lies the watery domain of islands and channels. This area is for the traveller looking for a destination full of birds, wildlife and local village culture.
During the rains, the Bangweulu flats are covered in water and many migratory birds converge here. Hundreds of cranes, waders, ibises, waterfowls, weavers, herons, spoonbills, storks use this area as a transit point on their northern migratory route.
One of the most unusual birds to be found in the Bangweulu is the Shoebill Stork. This rare and pre-historic looking bird is on the worlds endangered species list with estimated numbers as low as 3,000. Experts indicate that the swamps have one of the worlds highest concentrations of Shoebill Storks.
Antelopes are plentiful with the endemic Black Lechwe occurring in their thousands. Oribi, tsessebe, buffalo and elephants are also seen here.
Shoebill Island Camp, situated on the edge of the swamps, is a comfortable tented camp with shared facilities.
Driving to Shoebill Island Camp is a worthwhile experience, as the road takes you through numerous villages giving you a chance to see rural lifestyles. A combination of walking, driving and boating are the best way to travel around this area.
Kasanka National Park
This is Zambias smallest park (420sq kms) and is the only Park to be privately managed. The fauna and flora are just one of Kasankas special attributes. It is criss-crossed by rivers and marsh areas and has several lakes within its boundaries.
Game, though not in great abundance, is on the increase. Sitatunga, a shy antelope that frequents papyrus reed beds, are often spotted from the hide built 20 metres up in a magnificent tree. Puku, Roan, Sable, Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Duiker are also frequently seen.
The Luwombwa River offers you the chance to canoe down its winding course in search of the fantastic bird life Kasanka has to offer. The Blue and Maloneys Monkey are also seen along the Luwombwa.
At the end of October an incredible spectacle occurs when literally millions of Straw Coloured Fruit Bats arrive to spend the next 6-8 weeks in the park. As the sun sets so the bats leave their roosts in the Riverine Forests covering the sky in a black cloud as they go in search of food.
There are two camps in Kasanka, Wasa and Luwombwa, built on either side of the park. The camps are small and offer comfortable accommodation in rondavels (round thatched chalets).