Kasanka National Park is a small (390 km² / 150 mi²) national park in northeast Zambia approximately 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Lusaka. It is known for its annual fruit bat migration when millions of the large “flying foxes” with their meter-wide wingspans descend upon the park. It is said to be the largest bat migration in the world. Each of the estimated 10 million bats consumes more than 2 kilograms (4.5 pounds) of berries each day while infiltrating the park from late October until the end of December, leaving the fertile fruit trees and bushes barren in their wake. Funded by international charitable donations to the Kasanka Trust, the park operates two lodges and three camps. Whether staying indoors or out, there are regular options for walking safaris, game drives and bicycle trips. Bats notwithstanding, Kasanka’s other attraction is its Fibwe Hide where the notoriously shy Situnga antelope can be spotted typically at sunrise and sunset. Among the big game at Kasanka are buffalo, elephants, hippos, leopards, puku and crocodiles. Birdwatching and fishing are very popular in this intimate national park.
Zambia has a rainy season from October to April. The dry season is both hot and cool, but never very cold nor extremely hot. Although the rainy season begins in October, until December it is often considered hot and dry. The rains come in after the New Year. June and July are the best months for wildlife viewing. The bat migration begins in late October and lasts until the New Year. This is also the start of Zambia’s rainy season.