Kasanka Bat Migration
OCTOBER – DECEMBER | KASANKA NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA
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
THE SCALE OF THE MIGRATION
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.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
This migration only takes place for about 90 days from late October to mid December.
Why is this a unique experience?
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 birdlife sightings including raptors hunting bats
How you will you get to view the bat migration?
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.
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
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.