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Witness the incredible sight of millions of fruit bats taking up residence in Kasanka National Park every November and December.

The world's largest mammal migration - that of the straw-coloured fruit bat - takes place in November when 8-10 million bats congregate in a two-hectare patch of mushitu forest. Each day at dusk, the bats - many of which have a wingspan of more than two metres - fly out of the forest in a ‘blizzard of bats’ to feed, returning only at dawn. Kasanka also offers excellent sightings of the shy and elusive sitatunga antelope, and is a birder’s paradise in which 466 species of bird have been recorded.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Lusaka, 1-night hotel

    On arrival at Lusaka airport, you will be met and transferred to the Radisson Blu Hotel, located in the centre of the capital, for an overnight stay. In the afternoon you can walk, go birding or visit a nearby game farm.

  3. Days 3-7 : Fly to Mfuwe and transfer to South Luangwa National Park, 5-nights. Vehicle safaris

    Transfer back to the airport and board a light aircraft to Mfuwe, from where you will be driven to Nkwali Camp. The drive takes approximately 1 hour through colourful local villages and bush. You spend four days in South Luangwa National Park on escorted safaris to explore the rich diversity of the Luangwa Valley.

    Safaris from all the camps and lodges in the South Luangwa are conducted both by open 4-wheel drive vehicles and on foot (in the dry months of mid-May to early November), with armed scouts and fully qualified safari guides. Night drives with powerful spotlights are a highlight.

    Accommodation: Nkwali Camp, 5-nights. Full board

  4. Days 8-10 : Fly to Kasanka National Park, 3-nights. Fruit bat migration

    Each day at Kasanka starts with a pre-dawn wake-up call and a quick cup of tea or coffee, so you can watch the bats returning to their roost first thing in the morning from one of the various hides around the forest. After breakfast back at camp, there is still plenty of time to head out again for either a game drive or a walk before lunch to look for shy sitatunga - which are relatively numerous here - Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, or birds that include Pel’s fishing owl. After a short siesta afternoon tea and cake is served, followed by another relaxed walk or drive to the evening bat-watching location in time to see the dusk exodus. Once the sun has gone down you head back to camp for dinner and sundowners. Other options while in Kasanka include a day trip to the amazing Kundalila Falls and the rock paintings of Nsalu Caves.

    Accommodation: Wasa Camp, 3-nights. Full board

  5. Day 11: Transfer back to Lusaka airport by road and depart

  6. Day 12: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £4,995 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 days from £4,195 pp
  • Single supplement: From £395
  • When to go: Nov-Dec: Mid November to mid December
  • Activities available:
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking
Featured locations:

Kasanka National Park

It might be one of the smallest parks in Zambia, but Kasanka is packed full of different habitats with miombo woodland, riverine forest and papyrus swamps being just a few. It also has lakes, lagoons, plains, dambos and marshes. Picturesque and peaceful, the birdlife here is exceptional.

  • Where: Central Province
  • Ideal for viewing: blue monkey, sitatunga, straw-coloured fruit bat, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, wattled crane
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks. It lies in the north-eastern part of Zambia and comprises some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic ox-bow lagoons.

  • Where: Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: leopard, Cookson’s wildebeest, Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, African elephant
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Just Conservation

Lusaka

Starting life as a village, Zambia’s capital city was expanded by colonial settlers and is now very much the beating heart of the country. With vibrant market stalls and tree-lined boulevards, it offers an authentic African experience as well as a variety of good quality accommodation and a cosmopolitan sensibility.

  • Where: Southern region of the Central plateau
  • Excellent for: City stopover
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Nkwali Camp

Located on private land just outside South Luangwa National Park, this lodge lies in an area of ebony woodland and open grassland that is superb for wildlife viewing. It consists of five cool and spacious chalets - including one for a family - built from woven bamboo with stone floors and thatched roofs.

Wasa Camp

Wasa Camp is a well-maintained, rustic but comfortable camp, overlooking the blue waters of Lake Wasa in the eastern part of Kasanka National Park. The camp is close to a sitatunga hide and swamp forest and offers excellent walking trails, as well as safaris by canoe and four-wheel drive.