Managed by the Kasanka Trust, Shoebill Island Camp offers accommodation in safari tents under thatch roofs. The camp is very basic but comfortable, and offers a good base for a unique experience in this special part of Zambia. The island has panoramic views over the swamps and gets its name from the Shoebill, which are usually in reach of the camp at certain times of the year. There are also approximately 100 000 endemic black lechwe in the surrounding plains – an incredible sight from the air.
Location: Shoebill Island camp is managed by the Kasanka Trust, and tours are regularly arranged to take visitors on to Shoebill from Kasanka. This either involves a 5 hours drive through villages or a charter flight directly into Chimbwi airstrip, just 1 km from Shoebill Island. Flying in (or out) has the additional advantage of some fantastic aerial game viewing.
Number Rooms: 5 Safari Tents
Room Features: Each has 2 beds with mosquito nets, an en suite shower and flush toilet.
Other Camp Features: Dining area
Power Source: Solar Power. Cameras can be charged in main area
Activities: The most popular activity and attraction of the area is the Shoebill bird spotting expedition. This involves a half day out canoeing from camp. Sometimes you may have to drive or walk if the Shoebills are a bit further into the swamps. (you need to be very fit for this activity as involves walking waste high in water through the swamps). Best time for viewing of the Shoebill is generally May to September but this does depend on the water levels. Boating can be arranged in banana boats or dugout canoes and walks can also be conducted in the area to explore the Plains where you will see thousands of Black Lechwe and other plains game.
Child Policy: Children of all ages but camp is basic and canoeing trips not necessarily ideal for younger children.
Season: May to September (can be flexible depending on water levels)