Little known, the fruit bat migration from the Congo Basin in central Africa to Kasanka National Park in Zambia is the largest mammal migration on earth. The straw coloured bats, also popularly known as Flying Foxes, come to feed for a short six weeks on the abundance of seasonal fruit. By mid November each year their numbers reach into the millions and there is no better place to view the bats coming home to roost each morning after a night of foraging, or dispersing at dusk against the setting sun, than from the treetop hides in the Park’s swamp forest.
Day 01 – Day 03
Transfer on arrival at Lusaka International Airport by light aircraft to the South Luangwa National Park for 3 nights. Activities include twice daily open vehicle game drives or accompanied walking safaris in an area renowned for its game, which include family herds of elephant, wild dog and the endemic Thornicroft giraffe. A visit to a local village can also be included during your stay.
Day 04 – Day 06
Fly to Kasanka National Park to spend the next three days amongst the glory of the bat migration. Spend time in the hide to view the bats, catch a glimpse of the shy Sitatunga antelope or identify some of the over 400 bird species to be found in the Park . A day will also be spent visiting the Bangweulu wetlands, home to over 100 000 Black Lechwe and the world’s most visible shoebill storks.
Depart on a scenic flight over the escarpment and down into the Luangwa River Valley en route back to Lusaka for overnight.
Transfer to Lusaka International Airport for your onward flight.