Shoebill Island Camp

Reviews of Shoebill Island Camp

Good(88%) From 5 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 5 of our travellers who have visited Shoebill Island Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr C & Mrs K - Leicestershire
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Shoebill Island Camp review

The staff were great and gave excellent service. Food was simple but good and well cooked and generous in quantity.

They found us shoebills on our second day. The drives and walks were excellent especially for birds. Once again the game was limited but that was expected. Black Lechwe were in abundance and there were a couple of surprises like wild pig and jackal.

On the down side. The camp, while expectedly basic, seemed to be taking basic to new levels. The tents were in need of repairs. e.g. the zips on our tent didn't close properly and I saw another tent with a rip in the front flap. The 'ensuite' toilet and shower were in need of attention. The cement floor was breaking up. The use of the plastic plumbing and the same plastic taps as at Wasa caused me real problems here. These were even stiffer and in the end exacerbated the arthritis in my thumb joints which caused pain for the rest of the trip. The one to the wash basin fell off one time risking running out of water to the toilet as all the water was hand filled into our individual header tank. The lights in the main dining room, lounge hut were led lamps powered from an inadequate solar panel/battery system which ran out on the last night.
This sounds like a major complaint but it isn't. I'm just trying to point out some of the short comings of the camp which I believe could be eradicated by the application of of a little effort and relatively small amount of money.

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Mr and Mrs B from Surrey
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Rooms:
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Shoebill Island Camp review

The camp is simple but the facilities are quite satisfactory. The food was very good considering how remote the camp is. The manager had only been there a month before we got there. It shows. I think he was more used to people arriving with their own guide. We were the only guests so we were able to make sure we got a knowledgeable guide for the birds and the shoebill trips, but I think if there had been more guests there then we may not have been so well looked after.

There were also problems with water in the bathroom. It was easily sorted out with a room move but again this could have been a problem with a fuller camp.
The shoebill trips are not for the fainthearted! We were lucky enough to see them on both visits but were not really prepared for how difficult it would be to wade out in the swamp area. I took reef shoes which were a great help and perhaps should be recommended to future visitors. It was probably the most unusual safari experience I have been on and I am very glad I went. I would not want to go again however!

Apart from that the other birds on the lake are amazing and the boat trips were very special. Again we had to make sure we had a good birding guide with us.

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Mr & Mrs S from Anglesey
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Rooms:
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Shoebill Island Camp review

Not the normal time to visit this location but we were in the area. Interesting to see the vast dry plains and a chance to get around the area. Huge herds of Black Llechwe and several Hyenas close to the camp. Grass burning everywhere threatened the camp briefly. Very much the end of the season and the camp needs better tents and a bit of TLC and investment!

Almost 2 hour drive to a swamp and much fun wading through was rewarded with 3 Shoebills! Brilliant experience despite the effort and a fairy tale ending when we expected to see nothing! We had been advised that drinks were not included at Wasa or Shoebill island camp under the Kasanka Trust but were told we were on a fully inclusive rate.

The camp staff were excellent and the visit was quite an experience overall

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Mr N & Ms S from London
Arrived on: 27-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Food:
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Remarkable wetlands, remarkable wildlife

In common with, we suspect, the significant majority of visitors there, we went to Bangweulu with a specific objective, ie to see shoebills. With two sightings - one good, one excellent - we came away after our two-night stay well satisfied that we had achieved our goal. The bonuses were: the spectacular wetlands scenery; the literally thousands of black lechwe grazing the grasslands; abundant birdlife in addition to the shoebills (including some notable rarities); and the fascinating dynamic between the wetlands and its wildlife on the one hand and the fishing communities much in evidence there on the other.

Our guide, Webby, and boatmen did an excellent job on our outings into the wetlands; and the chief steward, Paul, looked after us well in the mess tent.

As for the accommodation, meals etc, Shoebill is - as advertised - fairly basic; but that certainly did not detract from our enjoyment of the whole experience.

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Mr Y & Dr C - Essex
Arrived on: 25-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Shoebill Island Camp review

Wonderful location and trips by boat and vehicle. We saw three Shoebiills and many other beautiful birds. The meories of gliding in a boat through the water lillies will stay with us for a long time. The tranquil atmosphere may have been even better than usual becasue we were the only guests. Frank, our guide was excellent, finding a Sitatunga very close to the camp and a spotted eagle owl on the island.

The camp staff were also very attentive, the tents were comfortable and hot water available when needed. Food was very good and the supply of hot and cold drinks plentiful.

We had been warned that the landing strip near the camp was not usable, so we had a 60km trip by vehicle in both directions on fairly poor roads, but this gave us the opportunity to see some more of the countryside and the villages. It was interesting to be able to compare them with the much samller fishing villages in the wetlands themselves.

Very relaxing, a great experience.

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