The spectacular Bangweulu Wetlands are, after the rains, a fascinating water-wilderness similar in size to Botswana's Okavango Delta. A huge wetland area with its own endemic species of antelope, it is also a breeding place for one of Africa's strangest and rarest birds: the shoebill.
Nearby Kasanka National Park is a jewel of a reserve, proving beyond doubt that small can be beautiful, while the manor house and estate at Shiwa Ng'andu are a must for anyone seeking an insight into Zambia's colonial history. Meanwhile Mutinondo is a relatively new area, ripe for modern adventurers to explore. Apart from these four main attractions there are numerous fascinating stops around here – from waterfalls to caves and old colonial monuments – in this area where David Livingstone, literally, left his heart.
If you want to explore Zambia beyond the obvious trio of great game parks (Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue), then this is perhaps the first area that you should visit. The region is perfect for adventurous self-driving visitors with fully equipped 4WDs, but most of the main highlights here can also be visited on fly-in trips using light aircraft for transport.