Kasanka National Park


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Stop And Stare : Bat Invasion

Written on: May 05, 2013   |   I visited in November 2012 Its not your normal safari destination. You wont find big game here nor will you find large quantities of animals. Inside the park, however, in bangweulu wetlands, Mushitu forest during October to December you will find a spectacle to behold. A phenomenon that can be described in writing, documented in video but only when experienced in person will one appreciate and be humbled by this unforgettable unique wonders.

This is one of the smallest park in Zambia, but the over 8 million fruit bats (the worlds largest mammal migration)that arrive from Congo to eat the wild musuku fruits found here make this park a top visit.

Our stay was at the wasa lodge, the rooms basic, flush toilets and hot water bucket showers on demand. The lodge offered a close vantage point to view the bats. One had to access l tree hides so as to get the best view of the bats. We accessed the hide at Fibwe standing at 18 metres high in a mahogany tree. This was the perfect location. Persons with mobility issues will find it cumbersome to climb to the hide as a ladder is generally used. The climb to the hide is usually in the evening/morning so as to watch the bats come out from the trees to go and feed, and they didn't disappoint. Countless no of bats emerged and darkened the sky for a bit. We were advised the bats totaled not less than 4 million at the time. Do not forget to carry good binoculars and camera so as to capture this lifetime wonder.

We did the same during sunrise to view the birds return to their habitat, it was a terrific sight more up close, a bit heart thumping but in a good way. Apart from the bats we saw antelopes roaming around but no other game. The migration was awesome, millions of bats in and out in one location. A wonder if not a conundrum indeed.
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jan 30, 2016   |   Visited: May 2014.
I would go back, but!

I visited in May 2014 as part of a Zambian holiday that included Liuwa Plain, South Lungwa and Shoebill Island. The latter part of the Kasanka Trust which oversees the Kasanka National Park. (The highlight of the park’s year occurs in November – with the visit of the fruit bats.)

The landscape is beautiful and varied, forests, woods, r... read more

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