​Getting There – Bangweulu Wetlands

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled 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.

Bangweulu Wetlands is located 700km/343mi north of the capital, 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. On arrival, you’ll be collected at the airstrip. Depending on water levels, you’ll be transferred to Shoebill Island Camp by road or by boat.

In the Dry season (May to October), it is also possible to drive to Bangweulu. If you are driving yourself, you need to be fully self-sufficient with a high-clearance 4x4.

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

The only domestic carriers running scheduled flights in Zambia are Proflight and Zambia Airways. They offer flights to several parks, but not to Bangweulu Wetlands.

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

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Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), and what tickets would cost.

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Zambia page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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