South Luangwa National Park, Trip Ideas
Want to see a shoebill? This is your safari. Join one of Robin Pope Safaris' expert guides for this exceptional 6 night safari covering the South Luangwa, Kasanka, and Bangweulu swamps. On the hunt for the remarkable shoebill, you will also encounter elephants, lions, giraffes, and host of other species.
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Spend 2 nights in the South Luangwa at Nkwali , 2 nights in Kasanka at Wasa Camp, and 2 nights in Bangweulu Swamps at Shoebill Camp
After a couple of nights at Nkwali in the South Luangwa the group flies to Kasanka there are many bird species that will be new to the safari and the sitatunga will certainly been seen at the swamp. Then the safari will continue onto Bangweulu Swamps, which remains one of Zambia special gems - with superb birding from all the water birds to the endangered wattled crane elegantly strolling around the plains. Of course the star attraction remains the extraordinary shoebill. At this time of year it is virtually a sure sighting. The area also hosts the endemic black lechwe along with tsessebe and buffalo.
The oxbow lagoons, woodland and plains of the Luangwa Valley host huge concentrations of game - including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo - and over 450 species of birds.
The Bangweulu wetlands, just north of Kasanka, are one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife secrets with over 100,000 black lechwe and the world’s most visible shoebills.
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.
Explore the South Luangwa, onboard a vehicle or on foot. Enjoy birding with your specialist guide along the Luwombwa River. With luck you may see African finfoot, ross’ lourie, pel’s fishing owl and osprey. You will also have plenty of game watching in the hope of seeing many mammal species 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 spot as many as 40 sitatunga feeding at one time.
The following camps compliment Shoebill Safari well, and should be considered when extending an itinerary.
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