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Bangweulu Swamps is a vast area of wilderness, covered in swamps and floodplains. It has an enchanting landscape that will leave you captivated by its unique environment, wildlife and character. The area is home to the rare shoebill which inhabits the grassy fringes of the wetlands.

The birdlife is amazing, especially when you can follow hundreds of elegant birds flying across the endless horizon of this landscape, so endless in fact that the curvature of the Earth can be seen.

Another symbolic animal of these swamps is the endemic black lechwe who congregate here in herds of up to 10,000 strong. Elephant, tsessebe, reedbuck, oribi and sitatunga have also adapted to this area, and can be found in large numbers. But don’t forget to look in the lagoons and rivers where hippos can be seen and crocodiles skulk in the reed beds waiting for an antelope to make a mistake by wading in too far.

If you drive between Kasanka and Bangweulu, you’ll pass Chief Chitambo’s village. David Livingstone’s heart was buried here, and you can visit the beautifully-preserved memorial to one of our greatest explorers.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black lechwe, reedbuck, shoebill, sitatunga, tsessebe
  • Where: Luapula Province, Zambia

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Shoebills, Lechwe & Luangwa

If you are a connoisseur who yearns for untouched wilderness, this is the safari for you! Zambia's vast Bangweulu wetland is home to over 30,000 black lechwe and the highly endangered shoebill, and Kasanka famously has over 400 bird species, including the rare Pel’s fishing owl.

  • When to go: Mar-Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea