Zambia - Bangwelu-Swamps

Bwangwelu Swamps


The wetland area adjacent to Lake Bangwelu in north-eastern Zambia, the Bangwelu Wetlands are regarded as one of the most important wetland areas in the world and are an especially significant area for supporting hugely varied birdlife. Indeed, the local name of “the place where the water meets the sky” is an apt description.With just one seasonal camp, visits to Bangwelu are a very private experience, often combined with time in some of Zambia’s other less well-known parks such as the Luambe or North Luangwa National Parks. Access is by flying in and although it is very much a “specialist” area, those who do make the journey here are captivated by the beautiful landscapes. Seeing the iconic shoebill is one of the huge draws of coming here, along with other avian species such as Narina trogon, Pel’s fishing owl and African finfoot. Mammals include black lechwe which are found in their hundreds of thousands, along with small numbers of elephant, buffalo and zebra.

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