Getting There – Bangweulu Wetlands

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

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Bangweulu Wetlands is located 700km/343mi north of Lusaka.

Bangweulu isn’t included on many tourist itineraries and getting here isn’t very straightforward – the easiest way is by chartered plane. There are two airstrips in the area.

It is possible to drive to the park, and some specialized operators can set up a mobile trip for you as well. If you are driving yourself, you need to be fully self-sufficient with a high-clearance 4x4. In the Wet season, you’ll have to hire a boat for the last stretch to the Shoebill Island Camp.

Zambia's main airport is Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), located 14km/9mi from the capital, Lusaka – it is through this airport that most international visitors will arrive in the country.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner, or for multiple-destination flights check Expedia, to see which airlines can take you to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Charter flights among parks are usually incorporated into your safari package and are most often booked by your tour operator.

There are no scheduled flights to Bangweulu, but you can book scheduled flights between Lusaka, Livingstone, Mfuwe (South Luangwa), Jeki (Lower Zambezi) and Kalabo (Liuwa Plain). The only domestic carrier running scheduled flights is Proflight.

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Zambia page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.

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