Shoebill Island Camp

Campground in Bangweulu Wetlands

This camp rests in the heart of the wetlands and is splendidly positioned on a tiny permanent island with only birds, hippos, lechwes and the occasional passing fisher for company. It was closed from 2016 for a refurb with plans of reopening mid-2017.

Guests stay in safari tents and there’s a dining area and lookout point. Most activities revolve around dugout canoes, but drives are also on offer in the drier areas and in the surrounding woodlands.

When there’s not enough water for the canoes, it is possible to take a guided walk over the spongy floating reed beds. The camp aims to stay open year round but is sometimes inaccessible from January to April.