Shoebill Island Camp Overview
The island has panoramic views over the Bangweulu Swamps and gets its name from the Shoebill, which are usually in reach of the camp. The main season is from May to August when Shoebills can usually be seen on canoe trips. September to November offer great birding (though maybe no Shoebill sightings) and the same amazing mammal spectacles.
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 an interesting but bumpy 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.
A trip to Shoebill Island is highly recommended in addition to Kasanka at any time of year.
As well as managing the Camp at Shoebill Island, the Kasanka Trust is assisting the Zambia Wildlife Authority to manage the area. We have been supplying rations for scout patrols, transport to take poachers to court and recently received a grant from Luawata Conservation to renovate an improve the scouts’ housing. We have also been supporting a community school started by the scouts to help uplift education and provide an alternative to poaching.
Shoebill Island Location
Shoebill Island is located in the Bangweulu Wetlands, Northern Zambia.
GPRS Co-Ordinates: -11.951030, 30.237336
Management and Staff
Shoebill Island Camp is lucky enough to have dedicated, enthusiastic and friednly staff members.
Learn more about the management and staff in the portfolios below
Chris joined the Kasanka Trust in May 2014 and is the live-in, on site Tourism Manager at Kasanka National Prk. Responsible for the comforts and well-being of the guests from around the globe who visit Kasanka, Shoebill Island Camp and Lavushi Manda - he has accepted the challenge of being so remote and is committed to the success of the Trust and conservation efforts within the Parks. The staff that work alongside him are dedicated and have many years of experience with the Trust and together they are determined to make a difference and give the guests 5-Star service with a smile.
Silishebo lives in Lusaka with his wife and has 5 children and 2 grandchildren. With over 25 years of experience in the Government and private sectors in Zambia as an administrator, accountant and assistant auditor, Silishebo was offered the position as Administration Manager and joined the Kasanka Trust in September 2015. He is based at Kasanka and looking forward to many years with the Trust and is excited about having the opportunity to get involved with conservation and enjoying the privilege of being so close to nature and seeing what the tourism industry is all about. Silishebo is in his 4th and final year of studying for his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting through distance learning with the University of Lusaka.
Alex was born in 1972 and lives in Mwelushi village in Chiundaponde District with his wife and 6 children. Alex has been at Shoebill Island for 18 years spending the first 3 years with Mr. Gary Williams (Kasanka Trust founding member) and is the longest serving staff member with the Kasanka Trust. With the limited resources available Alex who is the chef at the remote Shoebill Island Camp has mastered the art of cooking and baking in the old wood stove and surprises guests with his dishes. Alex also helps out in the kitchen at Wasa Lodge during the busy bat season between October and mid-December each year.
Boyd was born in 1977, is married with 2 children and lives in Mpulumba village. Not being able to pursue his ambition of studying abroad to become a teacher his family convinced him to remain in Zambia and he joined Kasanka Trust in 2010 as a night watchman. Management soon realized his potential and after working his way up, rewarded him for his dedication and loyalty by appointing him as Assistant Manager at Shoebill Island Camp in 2014. Boyd is excited and happy to be a part of the conservation efforts of Kasanka Trust and enjoys the interaction with guests he receives and hosts from different parts of the world.
Brighton was born in 1986 and is married with one child and lives in Muwele Village adjacent to the Bangweulu Wetlands. 1n 2011, Brighton worked as a fisheries research assistant with African Parks and assisted Ralph Mullers (FitzPatrick Institute – UCT), collecting and studying the elusive shoebill. In 2012/13 Brighton worked as a volunteer in Kasanka during the bat season before joining as a full time employee in April 2014. He has been guiding guests since joining the team both at Shoebill Island and Kasanka. Brighton hopes to be able to study conservation in general and improve on his guiding. Brighton enjoys the many visitors from across the globe and interacting with them during their time together.