Kasanka Bat Migration
Kasanka National Park is a wilderness of woodland, plains, lakes, rivers and swamps in North Zambia. Between October and December fruit bats flock to a tiny patch of evergreen swamp forest inside the national park. They are in search of fruit which matures during this narrow season. The bats are the size of Labrador puppies and added altogether weight over 3,000 tonnes!
Highlights of this Venture Co safari
* It’s the biggest mammal migration in the World
(expect up to 2 million by end of October with numbers increasing daily)
* Only happens once a year
* Gain access to the tree-top hides that are within private locations inside the Park
Bat migration Kasanka, Itinerary
14:00: Depart from Lusaka airport and fly north (Private charter plane)
16:00: Arrive at Mulembo airstrip, Kasanka.
Days 2 and 3
Spend 3 nights at Wasa Lodge overlooking Lake Wasa, which is the prime location for the Bat Migration. From Wasa, you will be able to access the private hides which are the best spots see the bats. Day trips, in a small boat, out into the Luwombwa region to see bird specials such as Pel’s Fishing Owl, Bohms Bee-Eater and Ross’s Turaco, which are all uncommon species. Large raptors such as crowned and martial eagles swoop through the colony taking their prey on the wing and adding to the drama. This area is also home to the Sitatunga, an antelope species that will dive into deep water when spooked, leaving only its nostrils protruding.
08:30: Depart from Kasanka.
10:30: Arrive in Lusaka (Kenneth Kaunda international airport).
Join our longer bat safari (11 days) here.
Each of the 7 chalets overlooks the lake, all of which are set in the tree-line overlooking the shore. Between the chalets is a tree-top platform. The main dining area, the cozy bar and chill zone all have excellent views of the lake. This area of the park also offers great viewing of puku, hippo, sitatunga and is close to the Kasanka Bat Forest.
Max group size: 6 persons.
Included in the price.
• Return charters from Lusaka to Kasanka
• Fully Inclusive stay at Wasa Lodge for 3 nights
• Personal laundry
• Full board and drinks
• Park fees
• Airport transfers
• Activities including guided bat tours and use of private hides.
Tips, visa and travel insurance.
AFRICAN BAT CONSERVATION (ABC)
ABC conducts applied research, conservation and education to bring bats to the conservation agenda and conserve bat populations in Africa. ABC is based in Malawi and work in collaboration with various stakeholders in the region. ABC has a number of flagship research projects including the Human Bat Conflict Project which aims to assist communities experiencing conflict issues related to bats occupying property; the Urban Bat Project which aims to assess bat diversity and abundance in Lilongwe City; the Eidolon Project through which we are using GPS tags to assess the spatial and roosting behaviour of Straw-coloured Fruit Bats in Lilongwe. ABC is founded and directed by Dr Emma Stone. Emma has been conducting bat research in Africa (particularly Zambia, Malawi and South Africa) since 1998 and conducted her PhD research in the Bat Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab at the University of Bristol, England.