Robin Pope's

Shoebill Safari

Luangwa National Park, Kasanka National Park & Bangweulu Swamps

Storks in the swamps

If you want a chance to see a shoebill, this safari is for you! Join Robin Pope Safaris for this exceptional trip covering the South Luangwa National Park, Kasanka National Park, and Bangweulu swamps. On the hunt for the remarkable shoebill, you will also encounter elephants, lions, giraffes, and host of other species.

One of Robin Pope’s top safari guides will lead this trip to enhance your experience throughout. After a couple of nights at Luangwa River Camp in the South Luangwa the group flies to Kasanka National Park and will spend some time at Wasa Lodge. There are many bird species that will be new to the safari and the sitatunga antelope will certainly be seen at the swamp. Then the safari will continue onto Shoebill Island Camp in the breath-taking Bangweulu Swamps, which remains one of Zambia’s 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. The area also hosts the endemic black lechwe along with tsessebe and buffalo.

The South Luangwa National Park, Zambia marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. South Luangwa National Park is widely known as the home of the walking safari.  This is one of the most exclusive experiences on offer in the African bush. The park is centered around the Luangwa River. Untapped by man, its natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road which keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of game that live there. A paradise for birders, over 450 species are to be found in the park, and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions.

You will love

  • Unique safari for nature nuts
  • Rare, seldom seen species
  • Rivers, swamps & plains
  • Way off the tourist circuit
  • Maximum 6 guests per departure



On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a representative from Robin Pope, who will assist you with your luggage and check-in for your flight to Mfuwe.

Your safari guide will be waiting for you at the Mfuwe airport where he will drive you to Luangwa River Camp. The drive to camp is 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Luangwa River Camp sits nestled under an ancient ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the game rich area known as the Luangwa Wafwa. This small and intimate camp with just five bush suites, along with its setting and location creates a real “wow” factor and a romantic feeling simply flows through the camp. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy lunch or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.


This is a full day to explore the Luangwa, onboard a vehicle or on foot.


After breakfast around the campfire you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport 50 mins flight to Kasanka National Park. Depending on your flight time you may arrive in time for lunch and then enjoy birding for the afternoon along the Luwombwa River. With luck you may see African finfoot, ross’ lourie, pel’s fishing owl and osprey.

Return to camp for dinner and an early night or after dinner drinks around the campfire.


Enjoy a day of birding and 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


Transfer by plane to Bangweulu Swamps, arriving at Shoebill Camp. The search by boat and foot will start – to track down the elusive Shoebill. Back to camp for lunch and out again after tea to see the herds of antelope for which the area is famous. Dinner is simple but adequate and then an early night.


A full day of birding and enjoying the surroundings. Watch from the hide at dawn or dusk as thousands of waterfowl fly overhead.


Today you will take a flight back to Lusaka for an overnight stay ahead of your onward connections.


Transfer to Lusaka International Airport where this itinerary draws to a close. Continue with your onward arrangements or begin your journey home.


Departures annually in June

Departures annually in June

From USD $5557 per person twin share

From USD $5557 per person twin share

START: Lusaka, Zambia     |     Finish: Lusaka, Zambia

Note: The costing of this itinerary is based on minimum 4, maximum 6 guests

Included: Internal flights Lusaka/Lusaka and all safari costs
Not included: Visa and airport departure taxes

Flights & insurance – on request

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