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Experienced untouched wilderness in your quest for the remarkable endangered shoebill.

The Bangweulu wetland holds a spectacular wildlife secret: over 30,000 black lechwe and the most visible, highly endangered, shoebill. On your quest to spot this remarkable bird, you may also see elephant, lion, giraffe and many other species. Kasanka famously has over 400 bird species, as well as both tsessebe and sitatunga. Concluding in the magnificent Luangwa Valley creates a memorable wildlife experience – with a chance to see wild dog and explore the lush valley landscape.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive in Lusaka where you spend the night

  3. Days 3-5 : Drive to Kasanka. Vehicle, boat and on foot safaris

    After breakfast you will be transferred to Kasanka National Park by road. You will arrive mid-afternoon to Wasa Camp in time for birding 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.

    The next three days are filled with birding and game watching in the hope of seeing Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, sable antelope, reedbuck & rare blue monkey. You visit sitatunga hide with panoramic views over Kapabi Swamp where you can see up to 40 sitatungas feeding at one time.

  4. Days 6-8 : Transfer by road to Bangweulu Swamp. Vehicle, boat and on foot safaris

    Fly to Bangweulu Swamps and transfer to your chosen camp.

    After settling in at camp, you’ll set out on foot and by boat to start your search!  Returning back to camp for lunch, you will then head out again after tea to see the herds of antelope for which the area is famous. On your second and third day here, enjoy morning and evening birdwatching, and watch from the hides at dawn and dusk as thousands of waterfowl fly overhead.

  5. Days 9-11 : Fly to Mfuwe and transfer to South Luangwa National Park. Vehicle and foot safaris

    Today you transfer by light aircraft to Mfuwe, from where you will be driven to Nkwali Camp. The drive to Nkwali Camp takes approximately one hour through colourful local villages and bush. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch or afternoon tea looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali, followed by afternoon and/or night game drives.

    Over the next couple of days you will enjoy your morning and afternoon game drive and foot safaris in South Luangwa National Park.

  6. Day 12: Depart Mfuwe, fly to Lusaka and depart

  7. Day 13: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 days from £5,995 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £5,195 pp
  • Single supplement: From £600
  • When to go: Mar-Jun: Mid March to end June
Featured locations:

Bangweulu Swamps

This vast, waterlogged wilderness about 55 kilometres north-east of Kasanka is a destination for the connoisseur. The still waters of these swamps and the surrounding floodplains are one of the last remaining habitats of the rare and elusive shoebill who lurk on the grassy fringes after the rains.

  • Where: Luapula Province
  • Ideal for viewing: black lechwe, reedbuck, shoebill, sitatunga, tsessebe
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks. It lies in the north-eastern part of Zambia and comprises some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic ox-bow lagoons.

  • Where: Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: leopard, Cookson’s wildebeest, Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, African elephant
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Just Conservation

Kasanka National Park

It might be one of the smallest parks in Zambia, but Kasanka is packed full of different habitats with miombo woodland, riverine forest and papyrus swamps being just a few. It also has lakes, lagoons, plains, dambos and marshes. Picturesque and peaceful, the birdlife here is exceptional.

  • Where: Central Province
  • Ideal for viewing: blue monkey, sitatunga, straw-coloured fruit bat, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, wattled crane
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching


Starting life as a village, Zambia’s capital city was expanded by colonial settlers and is now very much the beating heart of the country. With vibrant market stalls and tree-lined boulevards, it offers an authentic African experience as well as a variety of good quality accommodation and a cosmopolitan sensibility.

  • Where: Southern region of the Central plateau
  • Excellent for: City stopover
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Nkwali Camp

Located on private land just outside South Luangwa National Park, this lodge lies in an area of ebony woodland and open grassland that is superb for wildlife viewing. It consists of five cool and spacious chalets - including one for a family - built from woven bamboo with stone floors and thatched roofs.

Wasa Camp

Wasa Camp is a well-maintained, rustic but comfortable camp, overlooking the blue waters of Lake Wasa in the eastern part of Kasanka National Park. The camp is close to a sitatunga hide and swamp forest and offers excellent walking trails, as well as safaris by canoe and four-wheel drive.