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Bangweulu and Shiwa Ng'andu

Why visit Bangweulu Swamps and Shiwa Ng’andu?

The wilderness area Bangweulu Swamps, west of Luangwa valley, isquite rarely visited and has unique attractions. The highlight is the rare shoebill storks.  North of here, you‘ll find the equally unique ‘English’ estate of Shiwa Ngandu – known as Africa House. Reasons you should visit include:

  • The birding in Bangweulu is excellent. 
  • Bangweulu Swamps are a similar size to the Okavango Delta!
  • There are thought to be about 500 rare shoebill storks in Bangweulu.
  • Black lechwe are also found in Bangweulu.
  • Shiwa Ng’andu in the far north, is the English estate, house and wildlife reserve made famous by the book The Africa House.

When to visit Bangweulu and Shiwa Ngandu

The best time for shoebill storks is April to June when they are often seen around Shoebill Camp, though they can be seen at other times. 

Black lechwe are most easily found in June and July.  More general game viewing is at its best in the dry season from about June/July to October. 

How to do it?

From South Luangwa (Mfuwe Airport) it is about an hour and a half flight to get to Bangweulu, and then under an hour from Bangweulu to Shiwa. 

They complement each other very nicely, especially if linked to either or both North Luangwa and South Luangwa reserves. 

Accommodation in Bangweulu and Shiwa Ngandu

You don’t really get a choice when it comes to these remote places!  

The house of Shiwa Ng’andu is an attraction in its own right so that’s where you stay.  In Bangweulu wetlands you’ll stay at Shoebill Camp.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

Flights from Europe to Lusaka take about 10 hours. Lusaka International Airport is about 25km from the city centre (about 30 minutes transfer).

Language: Zambia's official language is English, but outside of the cities few people speak it.

Visas:

Visas are required for most nationalities, although a waiver can normally be organized in advance for British citizens.

Health:

This is a malarial country.

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