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.
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.
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
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
Transfer back to Lusaka airport by road and depart