Kasanka Bat Safari
Over a million bats foraging the Kasanka fruit trees
Late November, early December
There are a few wildlife phenomena that really stand out as extraordinary events. The wildebeest migration in East Africa, the monarch butterflies arriving in Mexico come to mind. Well this is amongst those top events in the wildlife calendar. 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 like thick icing. Then at sunset they all take off and fly out to forage. The sky is thick with bats. You can view all this from the 60 ft high hide, in a tree top, next to the woodland. And from this hide, during the day you will see many sitatunga in the swamp below.
Kasanka has other specials on offer – especially in the birding department. These may include african finfoot, Ross’ lourie, Pel’s fishing owl and osprey. Bangweulu Swamps will be visited for a day – flying over the plains with up to 100,000 black lechwe alone is a treat. On the ground you will see the endangered wattled crane and possibly the tsessebe.
- Itinerary3 nights Nkwali, 3 nights Kasanka and 1 night Lusaka
- IncludedInternal flights Lusaka/Lusaka and all safari costs
- Not includedVisa and airport departure taxes
- RateUSD$ 4243 per person sharing (US$623 single supplement)
- Set Departure Date23 November 2012, 22 November 2013
- Extra nightsNkwali normal rate applies
Alternative dates during the late November/early December period can be booked but the rate will vary from the above.