• Zambia bat migration, Kasanka

Itinerary Summary

9 Days
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
9 Days £3300 Nov Zambia Small Group Safari
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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.

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.

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A unique 9 day bat migration and wildlife safari in Zambia  
from $4,389 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

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

Once the bats have emerged, head back to camp with a spotlight night drive and discover the nocturnal wildlife found in Kasanka. You will arrive back at camp in time for a hot shower and delicious dinner. For those guests keen to see the bats return to the roost, an early morning drive takes visitors back to the platform to see the sun come up and the bats swarm back into the forest. A visit to see the sitatunga at the Fibwe Hide is also an interesting detour on the way back to camp.

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

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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