Kasanka Bat Safari, Zambia

Over a million bats foraging the Kasanka fruit trees
7 night safari in Kasanka National Park & South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Late November/early December

A seven-night safari combining the bats of Kasanka National Park with a safari in the South Luangwa National Park. Experience this truly extraordinary wildlife phenomenon when up to 10 million straw-coloured fruit bats converge on Kasanka National Park. The bats come to feed for a short six weeks on the abundance of seasonal fruit including wild loquat and waterberries. By mid-November their numbers reach into the millions. They literally cover the trunks of the trees like thick icing, and at sunset when they all fly off to forage, the sky is thick with bats. Viewing is from a 60ft high hide, and from the same hide you can watch sitatunga by day. The Bangweulu wetlands, just north of Kasanka are one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife secrets with over 100,000 black lechwe and the world’s most visible shoebill storks. Kasanka is famed for having over 400 bird species, as well as both the tsessebe and sitatunga species of antelope. The safari continues in the South Luangwa, rich in the splendours of the Emerald Season. The South Luangwa River adds to the wildlife experience with the chance to see wild dog and explore the lush, colourful landscape at this time of year.

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bats in the sky
roosting fruit bats
fruit bat
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7 night itinerary

Day 1

On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a representative from Tours Africa, who will assist you with your luggage and check-in for your flight to Kasanka National Park. Your Robin Pope Safaris guide will meet you in Lusaka and accompany you on the flight. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Wasa Camp where you will spend the next four days amongst the glory of the bat migration.

Day 2-4

These days will be quite relaxed with a chance to bird-watch, spend time in the Fibwe hide to catch a glimpse of the shy sitatunga, and view all of the other fantastic species in this area such as Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, Pel’s fishing owl, etc. And of course, you can’t forget the bats! You will also have the opportunity to visit the Bangweulu Swamps for a day to see the Black Lechwe during the calving period, as well as a variety of interesting water birds.

Day 5

After a relaxing breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will meet your plane for the flight to Mfuwe. A beautiful flight over the escarpment and down into the Luangwa River Valley. Upon arrival at Mfuwe Airport you will be met by a Robin Pope Safaris representative and transferred to Nkwali Camp. The drive takes about one hour through colourful village scenes, agriculture, and bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin’s private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Day 6

At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by road via the main gate. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid-morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp about 20.00 hrs with dinner generally at 20.30.

Day 7

Another relaxing day with morning and evening game activities. Being the last whole day you resume game activities in the morning and evening with the possibility of visiting Kawaza village as an option to meet local people and experience life in a real Zambian village. If you wish to visit then please mention this when booking your holiday.

Day 8

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lusaka and onward flights.

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