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Few wildlife phenomena really stand out as extraordinary. This 7 night safari is one of them, with up to ten million fruit bats converging upon Kasanka National Park in Zambia.

Key facts of Kasanka Bat Safari

Luangwa River Camp 3 nights Wasa 3 nights
Rate from US$ 5127 per person sharing
Lusaka 1 night
Available date November set departures

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Bats in action on the Kasanka Bat Safari
Bats at sunrise on the Kasanka Bat Safari

A top event, showcasing the largest mammal migration in the world!

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. These migrations happen in other parts of Africa, but they tend to occur in urban areas, and with the growth of cities, bat numbers seem to be on the decline. To see millions of bats dispersing at dusk against the setting sun is one of the wildlife wonders of Africa, and one that definitely shouldn’t be missed.

The safari combines with a few nights at Luangwa River Camp in the renowned South Luangwa National Park, where you will get to relish in the splendours of the Emerald Season in South Luangwa. The South Luangwa National Park, Zambia marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. This is one of the most exclusive experiences on offer in the African bush. The park is centered around the Luangwa River. Untapped by man, its natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road which keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of game that live there. A paradise for birders, over 450 species are to be found in the park, and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions.

Itinerary of Kasanka Bat Safari day by day

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Day 1 - 3
Day 4 - 6
Day 7

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Day 1 - 3: Luangwa River Camp

Luangwa River Camp sits nestled under an ancient ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the game rich area known as the Luangwa Wafwa. This small and intimate camp with just five bush suites, along with its setting and location creates a real “wow” factor and a romantic feeling simply flows through the camp.

Before you see the bat migration, a few nights in the Luangwa Valley is the perfect way to start your safari. During your time at Luangwa River Camp, a typical day consists of 2 game activities per day, with the choice of a game drive or a walking safari. Early morning is best for doing walking safaris as well as game drives and commence after a light breakfast. Once brunch and a siesta followed by tea time treats, its back out into the park to see what the late afternoon/early evening has to offer. Alternatively a cultural tour or trip to a wildlife education centre can be arrange, which gives one a more holistic experience of the Luangwa Valley.

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Day 4 - 6: Wasa Lodge

Together with a Robin Pope Safaris Guide, you will spend the next few days in Kasanka National Park watching the bats in all their glory. This usually takes place early hours of the morning. Apart from the main attraction, there is lots more to do during your time at Kasanka, including bird-watching, spending time in the Fibwe hide to catch a glimpse of the shy sitatunga, and a view all of the other fantastic species in this area such as Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and Pel’s fishing owl.

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Day 7: Protea Hotel by Marriott Lusaka Tower

Once you have said your goodbyes to the team at Kasanka, you will take a beautiful flight over the escarpment and onward to Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. You will be met by a representative from Robin Pope Safaris who will assist you to Protea Lusaka Tower Hotel. You may enjoy a relaxed evening ahead of your trip back home. Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower is located in the heart of Lusaka and within Arcades Shopping and Entertainment Complex on the Great East Road. Guests visiting this hotel have the benefit of direct access to shops and restaurants. The hotel caters for both corporate and leisure guests' alike being a mere 25 minutes from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower restaurant, The Steakhouse Restaurant and Rooftop bar, Cloud 9 are ideal to relax.

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An absolutely unforgettable experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. For anyone looking for an off the beaten track safari, the Bat Safari is for you!
Kathy R about Kasanka Bat Safari
A magical safari that gave us the chance to witness something incredible- millions of bats, as far as the eye can see. The accommodation in Kasanka is rustic but comfortable. The park iis beautiful, and the combination of Kasanka and a short stint in the Luangwa make this safari a memorable.
Richard S about Kasanka Bat Safari

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