Robin Pope Kasanka Bat Safari
A spectacle of nature
There are a few wildlife phenomena that really stand out as extraordinary events, among them the wildebeest migration in East Africa, the monarch butterflies arriving in Mexico and the arrival of millions of bats in Zambia’s Kasanka National Park.
During November and December each year up to ten million “straw-coloured fruit bats” converge upon Kasanka National Park as the fruits of a local tree ripen. These bats roost in a specific woodland and literally cover the trunks of the trees, then take off en masse and fly out to forage at dusk. The sky is thick with their beating wings.
This unique itinerary combines time in South Luangwa National Park, known
for its exceptional game densities, lion and leopard, family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. It is
also the birthplace of the walking safari and lends itself to some excellent wildlife encounters on foot as well as by 4x4. You'll stay at the beautiful
Nkwali Camp, located on the banks of the Luangwa River.
From here you will travel to Kasanka National Park, the backdrop to this astonishing wildlife spectacle. Kasanka offers a Southern African safari style experience combined with elements of an intrepid adventure through tropical Congo. It is a, remote and unspoilt wilderness unlike any other hosting a rich diversity of animal, bird and plant life including several rare species such as sitatunga (swamp antelope), Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, wattled crane, Pel’s fishing owl, Ross’s Lourie and Blue Monkeys. A 60 ft high hide settled in a tree top here provides the perfect spot to sit, observe and photograph the abundant wildlife and of course the bats.
To see millions of bats dispersing at dusk against the setting sun is one of the wonders of Africa – a top event in the wildlife calendar and one that
definitely shouldn’t be missed.
Why we like it
The great spectacle of bat migration
South Luangwa and Kasanka combined
Game drives, games walks, village visits, the hide and more
A lesser known safari secret!