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Zambia Shoebill Safari

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Zambia Shoebill Safari

International Expeditions’ new Zambia Shoebill Safari is an exceptional adventure combining South Luangwa National Park, Kasanka National Park and Bangweulu Swamps. Escorted by an expert guide, explore the Bangweulu Wetlands, one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife secrets with over 100,000 black lechwe and the world’s most visible shoebill storks. At this time of year it is virtually a sure sighting. The area also hosts the endemic black lechwe along with tsessebe and buffalo.

Unspoiled Safari in Pristine Parks

The Luangwa Valley, marking the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 3400 square miles through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The oxbow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game — including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo — and over 450 species of birds.
Kasanka is famed for having over 400 bird species, as well as both the tsessebe and sitatunga species of antelope. The South Luangwa adds to the wildlife experience with the chance to see wild dog and explore the lush, colorful landscape at this time of year. Of course the star attraction remains the extraordinary shoebill. 

Daily Itinerary

Zambia Shoebill Safari Itinerary

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    Depart the U.S. en-route to Lusaka, Zambia. 

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    Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Radisson Blu Lusaka for an overnight. Balance of the day is at leisure.  

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    LUSAKA / MFUWE / South Luangwa National Park – NKWALI CAMP

    After breakfast, transfer to the Lusaka airport where you will check in for the flight to Mfuwe. Here you will meet the staff from Nkwali Camp and drive through colorful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. 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. (B,L,D)

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    South Luangwa National Park - NKWALI CAMP

    Enjoy a full day of game drives and nature walks in Luangwa.  While many places claim to be "among the remaining wilderness areas" or "one of the last wildlife sanctuaries," South Luangwa National Park could lay claim to both. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of game. The South Luangwa Park is over 3400 square miles; with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host a great variety of wildlife. The birdlife is also excellent with over 450 species to be seen. (B,L,D)

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    South Luangwa National Park / Kasanka National Park - WASA CAMP

    After breakfast around the camp fire, transfer to Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Kasanka National Park. Arrive in time for lunch and enjoy afternoon birding along the Luwombwa River. With luck you may see African finfoot, Ross’ lourie, pel’s fishing owl and osprey. Wasa is perfectly situated for easy access to the tree hide at Fibwe. This hide provides a fantastic view over the Kapabi swamp and is known to be one of the best vantage points for spotting the sitatunga antelope. (B,L,D)

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    Kasanka National Park - WASA CAMP

    Enjoy a day of birding and game watching, seeing mammals 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 observe up to 40 sitatunga feeding. (B,L,D)

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    Kasanka National Park / Bangweulu - SHOEBILL ISLAND CAMP

    Enjoy an aerial safari over Bangweulu Swamps, arriving at Shoebill Camp by boat from the airstrip. The search by boat and foot will start as we track elusive shoebill. After tea, see the herds of antelope for which the area is famous. The island has panoramic views over the swamps and gets its name from the Shoebill, which are usually in reach of the camp at this time of year. There are also approximately 100, 000 endemic black lechwe in the surrounding plains — an incredible sight from land or air.  This shoebill spotting expedition involves a half-day out canoeing from camp. Sometimes you may have to drive or walk if the shoebills are a bit further into the swamps (you need to be very fit for this activity as it can involve walking waste high in water through the swamps). Boating can be arranged in banana boats or dugout canoes and walks can also be conducted in the area to explore the Plains where you will see thousands of Black Lechwe and other plains game. (B,L,D Daily)

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    Fly via light aircraft to Lusaka where you will check in for the international flight. (B)

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Shoebill Island Camp

Managed by the Kasanka Trust, Shoebill Island Camp offers accommodation in safari tents under thatch roofs. The camp is very basic but comfortable, and offers a good base for a unique experience in this special part of Zambia. Shoebill Island Camp has five safari tents, each offering two beds with mosquito nets, an en-suite shower and flush toilet. There is a common dining tent.  The camp runs on solar power, and cameras can be charged in main area.

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Wasa Lodge

Wasa Lodge is located on the eastern side of Kasanka and is on the edge of Lake Wasa, an area devoted to research and conservation by the Kasanka Trust. This lodge is only one of two safari camps within the area and is the main base for the park's research team. Guests are accommodated in eight simple, comfortable rondavals, each with its own verandah.

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Nkwali Camp

Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River and is set on private land 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

Call 800.234.9620
10 Days, 9 Nights
Trip Type
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Trip Highlights

  • Open top vehicles, affording you total 360 degree vision.
  • Our guiding team is very passionate and will certainly impart some amazing bush insights at a level that will surprise you.
  • A visit to Kawaza Village and the schools is often remembered years later by our guests as the most rewarding part of their visit to Africa. This gives a more holistic experience of the Luangwa Valley.