Kasanka & Bangweulu


Kasanka is Zambia’s only national park under private management and is entirely reliant on tourism revenue and charitable funding. It is a valuable conservation area with diverse flora and fauna including many endangered species and exceptional birdlife. 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 Shoebill storks. Kasanka National Park and the adjacent Bangweulu Wetlands make very rewarding destinations for visitors seeking to delve deeper into Africa’s hidden corners. There are great opportunities for education and research in a real wilderness but with good supportive infrastructure. Several rare species are abundant in the park, including sitatunga, wattled crane, Ross’s Lourie and Blue Monkeys. Kasanka is also host to a unique and spectacular congregation of several million Straw-Coloured Fruitbats every November and December.



Shoebill Island Camp

Starting just 50kms to the North of Kasanka are the vast Bangweulu Wetlands. The area is divided into 3 main habitats: open water to the North West (near Samfya), huge swamps in the middle and, around the southern and eastern fringes, seasonally flooded grass plains...


Day 1: Kasanka & Bangweulu

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Upon arrival at Mfuwe Airport you will be met by a Robin Pope Safaris representative and transferred to Nkwali Camp. The drive takes about one hour through colourful village scenes, agriculture, and bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River - on Robin Pope Safaris’s private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Day 2 - 3: Kasanka & Bangweulu

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by road via the main gate. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid-morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea, you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world. 

Day 4: Kasanka & Bangweulu

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Kasanka National Park. Your Robin Pope Safaris guide will accompany you for your flight to Kasanka. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Wasa Camp where you will spend the next three days amongst the glory of the bat migration.

Day 5 - 6: Kasanka & Bangweulu

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

These days will be quite relaxed with a chance to bird-watch, spend time in the Fibwe hide to catch a glimpse of the shy sitatunga, and view all of the other fantastic species in this area such as Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, Pel’s fishing owl, etc. And of course, you can’t forget the bats!

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