The Bangweulu Floodplains National Park is an important wetland ecosystem adjacent to Lake Bangweulu in north-eastern Zambia. Recognized by the Ramsar Convention and managed by African Parks in partnership with Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife, this region offers rich biodiversity and is one of the most important wetlands in the world. The varied landscape is home to floodplains, lush grasslands, woodlands, and permanent swamps fed by numerous rivers. This is swamp territory, meaning wildlife and birdlife are at their most diverse in the woodland and on the grasslands. The National Park is easily accessible and open between 05h00 and 18h00 for day visitors. Those wanting to drive can do so via Kasanka National Park or Lavusha Manda National Park. For those who prefer to fly, there are two operational airstrips in the area.
The ecosystem within Bangweulu Floodplains National Park features a combination of floating grassland, miombo woodland, Cyprus papyrus, and reeds that support large populations of water birds, fish, and crocodiles. In the woodland and grassland areas, visitors can expect to see wildlife such as elephants, hippos, hyenas, buffalo, Burchell’s zebras, and migrating lechwe. During a certain time of the year, millions of straw-coloured fruit bats migrate to the Mushitu swamp forest in Kasanka National Park, a sight to behold. Designated as an Important Bird Area, the National Park and its wetlands are home to over 400 bird species, including the pygmy goose, the notable shoebill, herons, ibises, and waders.
For avid bird watchers, the wet season, which is between February and April, is the best time to visit. The park comes alive with birdlife, and bird watchers can look out for over 400 species. Between May and July, the plains are drier and the weather is cooler and this is the perfect time to spot lechwe and shoebills while walking or driving in the park. From August to December, conditions are ideal for game drives and camping.
Bangweulu Floodplains National Park is one of the best places to view the prehistoric-looking shoebill, as well as over 400 other bird species. This birdwatcher’s paradise beckons many visitors between February and April, a time when water safaris are popular because the plains are wet during the rainy season. When the dry season comes around, safari-goers can opt to embark on a walking or driving safari experience. Furthermore, the newly introduced cheetahs were translocated from South Africa in December 2020, and are the first of their species to return to this unique community-owned wetland in almost a century. Those who enjoy cultural heritage and sustainable tourism can visit the local communities that migrate seasonally when the water levels are ideal. Other activities include visiting the burial spot of Dr David Livingstone, who died in Bangweulu, and visiting the local fishing camps to see sustainable living in action.
Nsobe Camp is located within the heart of the Bangweulu Wetlands and offers five ensuite safari tents and seven chalets. The camp has a restaurant and a bar and can organize safari activities in the area.
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