Small Group Safari

Zambia Bat Migration Safari

An incredible safari that enables you to witness the largest mammal migration known on planet earth and explore the wildlife of South Luangwa National Park.

Duration 9 days
Price From $4,504
When November
Destination Zambia

Safari Overview

Each year up to ten million straw-coloured fruit bats descend upon Kasanka National Park, forming one of the most spectacular, yet largely unknown, wildlife spectacles and attracting wildlife thrill-seekers from around the world. This safari puts you in the right place at the right time to witness this magnificent migration, thought to be the largest mammal migration in the natural world. The bats at Kasanka have received international acclaim over recent years, featuring in David Attenborough’s BBC ‘Life’ series, CNN’S ‘must-see’ list and Mark Carwardine’s latest book ‘Ultimate Wildlife Experiences’.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Visit South Luangwa; home to 20-35,000 elephants, and a huge population of leopard.
  • Enjoy sundowners as up to 10 million bats rise from the trees in a huge cloud.
  • Watch sitatunga at the Fibwe Hide.
  • Stunning sunsets at Kasanka National Park.

Until you see and experience the great bat migration you really won't be able to fathom the number that populates the orange sky.

Day by day

Day 1

Lusaka - South Luangwa

You will be met on arrival at Lusaka international airport and assisted with your onward flight to Mfuwe in the South Luangwa National Park. At Mfuwe Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to Nkwali Lodge on the banks of the Luangwa River. This is an excellent base for your safari and, time permitting, you can enjoy your first game drive.

Overnight: Nkwali Lodge D

Days 2-4

South Luangwa National Park

You will have three full days in this fantastic area of the South Luangwa National Park,undoubtedly one of the finest areas to visit in Africa. The game here is fantastic and the guides are excellent; spend three days on game drives around this area of the Luangwa Valley. Beautiful water glades provide the perfect grazing grounds for a variety of antelope including, impala, puku, eland, waterbuck, bushbuck and kudu. Elephants number around 20-35,000 in the entire valley with roughly 10,000 inhabiting the park itself. Lion populations are stable; the numbers are slightly reduced, which is probably why the leopard numbers in the valley are so high; an estimated one leopard to every 2.5 kilometres.

Overnight: Nkwali Lodge B, L, D

Day 5

South Luangwa - Kasanka

You will be taken to the airport for your flight to Kasanka. Upon arrival you are met and driven to Wasa Lodge which is your home for the next three days to enjoy the incredible bat migration.

Overnight: Wasa Lodge B, L, D

Days 6-8

Kasanka National Park

At this time of year, the grass is green, peppered with wildflowers and the skies are bright with the occasional thunderstorm. The presence of migratory birds builds up the bird list to over 400, and there is other wildlife to watch out for too, including leopard and sitatunga. Spend your days bird watching or on game drives, before heading out in the afternoon for the big event, the bats. Departing your camp around 4pm you start with a game drive on your way to the bat forest, then enjoy a short walk on the wild side to the bat hide. Graze on snacks and enjoy sundowners with superb views, and as the sun begins to set, the chatter starts and a couple of scouts fly out to check their surroundings. Before you know it, a huge black cloud of millions of bats have streamed out of the roost in search of food, silhouetted against the orange African sky for 360 degrees.

Day 9

Kasanka - Lusaka

Today you fly via charter flight to Lusaka in time for your international flight home, or onwards to your next safari destination.

Trip Details

Trip Information

This is a small group safari, but we can also tailor make a departure so it suits your requirements. Please enquire for dates.

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