More infoabout the Kasanka Bat Safari
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.
Kasanka Bat SafariTerms & Conditions
Rates from US$ 5127 pp sharing, single supplement US$ 660 in 2024. Based on min. 4 people.
Includes Internal flights Lusaka/Lusaka and all safari costs.
Excludes Visa and airport departure taxes.
Valid 18 November set departure.
Extra nights Luangwa River Camp normal rate applies.
Key facts of Kasanka Bat Safari
Main area at Luangwa River Camp on the Kasanka Bat Safari Main area at Luangwa River Camp on the Kasanka Bat Safari
Bush suite at Luangwa River Camp Bush suite at Luangwa River Camp
Bat migration during the Kasanka Bat Safari Bat migration during the Kasanka Bat Safari
Sunrise at Wasa Lodge in Kasanka National Park Sunrise at Wasa Lodge in Kasanka National Park
Kasanka Bat Safari Game Viewing Kasanka Bat Safari Game Viewing
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Kasanka Bat Safari accommodation at Wasa Lodge Kasanka Bat Safari accommodation at Wasa Lodge
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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 dayDownload itinerary as PDF
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.
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.More about the region
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.More about the region