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Shoebill Island Camp
Shoebill Island Camp
Shoebill Island Camp
Shoebill Island Camp
Shoebill Island Camp

Shoebill Island Camp


11°57’4.9"S 30°14’14.9"E

Reviews of Shoebill Island Camp

Wildlife sightings and reviews

6 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Shoebill Island Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

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Mr & Mrs R
Aberdeen

"Shoebill Island Camp exceeded expectations"

3 nights Arrived 10 Jun 2015
"Shoebill Island Camp exceeded our expectations and we saw three Shoebills.

We expected the camp to be basic but the tent we had was new, adequately fitted out with a cold but fun bathroom area.

The service we had could not be faulted due to the Boyd. the man with a plan and his welcoming team. we arrived to find the camp was full. There were four very charming and friendly South Koreans film makers and us. We thought that as the Koreans were making a documentary on Zambia we may be overlooked. But the South Koreans were good company and Boyd went out of his way to ensure we got all the activities we wanted.

The food was exceptional home cooking.

The highlight of the activities were the two trips by canoe to find the Shoebills with thousands of birds as a great bonus. Then after spotting Spoonbill locations by climbing trees. we canoed in to the swamps to see them. We saw three, two at ground level and one that took off as we approached. We also enjoyed the drive among the thousands of black lechwe and saw other animals including a sitaunga. The birding walk through the fishing areas was also an amazing experience.

The facilities at the camp were adequate and more than met our expectations but could benefit from a little more investment." See all these reviews: 21n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mr C & Mrs K
UK

"Shoebill Island Camp review"

4 nights Arrived 14 Oct 2014
"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." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Good
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Poor
Mr & Mrs B
Surrey

"Shoebill Island Camp review"

3 nights Arrived 17 Jun 2014
"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." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Average
Mr & Mrs S
Anglesey

"Shoebill Island Camp review"

3 nights Arrived 30 Oct 2013
"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" See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia; 6n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Average
Mr N & Ms S
Zambia

"Remarkable wetlands, remarkable wildlife"

2 nights Arrived 27 May 2012
"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." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Average
Facilities:
Average
Mr Y & Dr C
Essex

"Shoebill Island Camp review"

4 nights Arrived 25 Apr 2009
"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." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
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