Lake Bangweulu: 'The Place Where the Water Meets the Sky'

Lake Bangweulu is a beauty among the Zambian Lakes. In local language, 'Bangweulu' means 'The Place Where the Water Meets the Sky.' And it’s true when you look at the waters of the Lake, the water seems to be blending with the sky at the horizon.

The Lake lies between Luapula and Northern Provinces of Zambia. It is found in the Bangweulu wetland which consists of the Swamps, the floodplain and the Lake itself.

Although it has a surface area of about 3,000 km², the lake expands to about 15,000 km² at the end of the rainy season when its swamps and plains get flooded.

The lake supports one of the largest fisheries in Zambia. The most abundant species are catfish, bream, yellow belly and tiger fish.

The largest town near the lake is Samfya, which originally was a fishing village. Chilubi Island is the largest island, though it is partly in the lake and the other part is in the swamps. Other islands are Mbabala Island, Chishi Island and Lifunge Mwenzi Island. There are numerous other smaller islands as well.

Bangweulu Wetlands

These are seasonally flooded grasslands and permanent swamps. The area is rich in wildlife like:

  • Black Lechwe
  • Oribi
  • Reedbuck
  • Tsessebe
  • Sitatunga

Out and About

Most of the activities are centred on the lake and the sandy beaches of Samfya town, and accommodation is most readily available in the town.


Shoebill Island Camp

Shoebill Island Camp offers full catering services. The Camp gets its name from the Shoebill, one of the abundant bird species in the area. The camp is managed by the Kasanka Trust. Tours are regularly arranged for visitors to Kasanka Park from Shoebill. Check More Info At Shoebill Island Camp Here.

Nkondo Camp

Accommodation is offered in six en-suite tents. Only self-catering is available with a fully functional kitchen.

Bangweulu Bay Lodge

Guests have magnificent viewing of the beach and the waters of the Lake beyond. Accommodation is offered in chalets. The lodge is close to the Bangweulu Swamps, which is abundant in the rare Shoebill and Black Lechwe. For more information contact:

Lake Bangweulu Lodge
Tel: +260 211 266 927
Cell: +260 977 780 080

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