Kasanka Bat Migration


Watch 10 Million Bats descend into Kasanka

Between October and December each year, about 10 million straw coloured fruit bats descend into a tiny patch of evergreen swamp forest inside Kasanka National Park, Northern Zambia. This natural phenomenon, unique only to Kasanka lends itself to some truly astonishing birdlife sightings set against a backdrop of incredible scenic surrounds and dramatic skies.

“A fantastic, once in a lifetime experience” – Clare O’Grady

Where does the migration take place?

The bats take up residence in a few hectares of the Bat Forest in Kasanka National Park’s mushitu swamp.  Kasanka is located in the Serenje District of Zambia’s Central Province, a 7 – 8 hour drive from Lusaka. Visitors wanting to visit can choose to either 1.) Drive themselves there.  2.) Fly directly to Kasanka via Private Charter plane (there is an airstrip inside the Park). Charter flights will take you about a 1 and a half hour flight from Lusaka, 1 hour from Mfuwe in the Luangwa, and just 45 minutes from Ndola. 3.) If neither of the above options are suitable, guests can join a road transfer from Lusaka.

Bat Migration Fact & Figures


With over 10 million straw coloured fruit Bats descending into Kasanka, this is the largest mammal migration on Earth!

WHen do they arrive?

The arrival of the bats normally coincides with the start of the first rains (mid October) and the ripening of many local fruit and berry species such as the masuku (wild loquat) and waterberry, on which the bats feed.


This migration only takes place for about 90 days from late October to mid December.

Why is this a unique experience?

photgraphic opportunity

The migration lends itself to spectacular scenes against dramatic skies

no where else in the world

Kasanka is the only place in the world where this natural phenomenon can only be experienced

astonishing sightings

Astonishing birdlife sightings including raptors hunting bats

“Absolutely breathtaking! Videos and photos cannot prepare you for the magnitude of this phenomenon – an unforgettable experience.” – Meg Wylie, 2018

How you will you get to view the bat migration?

sunrise/sunset viewing

Enjoy sunrise and sunset viewings of the bats leaving and returning to the Bat Forest

climb the tree top hides

Make use of our amazing treetophides from private locations in the Bat Forest

game drives and birding

Combine bat viewing with sightingsof sitatunga, blue monkey, puku, elephant and many more

Accommodation during the Bat Migration

You can choose between Wasa Lodge or the Luwombwa Chalets, both situated insie the Park.

wasa lodge

Your stay at Wasa will allow you to experience the heart of Kasanka. The beautiful chalets overlooking the the lake, the welcoming staff and tranquil surrounds will put you at ease so that you can enjoy the safari of a lifetime

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Luwombwa Lodge Accommodation Kasanka
luwombwa chalets

If you are an intrepid explorer, Luwombwa is the place for you. Situated on the banks of the Luwombwa River, these chalets are tucked away offering a private stay with a focus on adventure and exploration.

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“This is a must see for any visitor to Zambia!”  

– Sarah Davies, 2018
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