The best time to visit the Bangweulu Wetlands (April – August) is fast approaching! With healthy rains of late, the Bangweulu promises to be the very best in birding experiences. Have a look at the Shoebill Typical Day outlining what’s on offers to guests who visit during this season.

Shoebill Island Camp, situated in the Bangweulu Wetlands, offers panoramic views over the Bangweulu Swamps and gets its name from the Shoebill storks, which are usually in reach of the camp. It is located on a small piece of high ground in amongst the Bangweulu Wetlands where meru style tents are tucked into an indigenous thicket of trees and face out to the wetlands. These trees and camp vegetation make an excellent haven for birds and many species are active here throughout the day.

This beautiful destination offers guests game drives, banana boat cruises, walking safaris and shoebill treks designed to bring the Bangweulu Wetlands experience to life. Shoebill Island is a sought after destination for keen birders offering a close encounter with the Shoebill stork in the wild as well as swamplands teeming with a huge variety of birds!

Witnessing 100’000 black lechwe anywhere would be worthwhile but to have them spread out before across the deck flat, Bangweulu plains is quite incredible. Sitting in amongst the herds at sunset as they make their way to the swamps from the plains is very special and of course, watching them cross the flooded water in the mornings is also a site to behold.

These black lechwe are endemic to the area but it is the sheer number of them set against a backdrop of open skies and plains that stretch to the horizon that completes the picture. Photographers are quite likely to capture a most stunning image of these Black lechwe in the Bangweulu Wetlands and the sightings available are numerous!

If you’re looking for a breath-taking adventure in a remote and stunningly beautiful location Shoebill Island Camp will fit the bill.

Written by Meg Wylie from Kasanka Reservations