Bat Migration Gilmour Dickson Kasanka National Park

Kasanka Bat Safari

10 days from £4412pp (International flights not included)

Luangwa  – Kasanka

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A unique wildlife phenomenon in the heart of Zambia’s National Parks.

Few natural wildlife events stand out as extraordinary and phenomenal as the Kasanka Bat Migration, when up to ten million ‘Straw Coloured Fruit Bats’ descend upon Kasanka National Park as the local fruit trees begin to ripen. The real wow factor is their sunset foraging, when the skyline is thick with bats against the famous rich orange African skyline. To witness millions of bats dispersing at dusk against the setting sun is one of the wildlife wonders of Africa, and one that shouldn’t be missed.

This safari combines three nights at the traditional Luangwa River Camp in the celebrated South Luangwa National Park during Emerald Season, when the air becomes clear and the park takes on a rich green colour. Perfect for photographers or people wanting to see Africa in a different light.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Luangwa River Camp

Luangwa River Camp Chalet Interior

Luxurious Luangwa River Camp Room

Upon your arrival at Lusaka Airport you will be met by a Tours Africa representative for your internal flight to Mfuwe, flight time is approximately one hour.

You’ll be greeted by a Robin Pope Safari’s representative who will drive you past colourful village life on your way to Luangwa River Camp where you will stay overlooking the Luangwa River for three nights. Depending on your arrival time, you may settle in for some lunch and relax after your travels, before setting off on an afternoon activity. In the evening there is an option to turn back after sundowners, or, continue to see what nocturnal animals you can spot.

If you’re looking for unspoilt wilderness then this is the camp for you!

Day 2-3: Traditional Zambia

Kawaza Village

Kawaza Village

Over these next two days you will enjoy game drives, nature walks or if you have a knack for shopping you can visit Tribal Textiles for locally printed and embroidered fabrics. If you’re interested in African culture why not visit the Kawaza village to experience authentic Zambian life, interacting with locals and even sampling a traditional meal. Nothing over these two days is set in stone, meaning you can explore and tailor your time with your guide to your personal interests.

Day 4: Off to Kasanka National Park

Wasa Lodge View From Chalets

Wasa Lodge

Your Robin Pope Safari guide will accompany you to your flight to Kasanka. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Wasa Camp where you will spend the next three days experiencing the astonishing migration of 10 million Straw Coloured Fruit Bats, unique to this area!

Day 5-6 : Migration Time

Straw Coloured Fruit Bat

Straw Coloured Fruit Bats

Relax and enjoy the unique experience, spend time in the private Fibwe hide high in the treetops and catch a glimpse of the shy Sitatunga (a type of antelope) and other unusual species that reside in this protected area. Of course, you can’t forget the bats, and this natural phenomenon lends itself to some truly astonishing bird sightings set against a background of bats and dramatic skies.

Day 7 : Say goodbye to Kasanka and the bats

Wasa Lodge Breakfast

Wasa Lodge Breakfast with a View

After a relaxing breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip in Kasanka where you will fly to Mfuwe and your onward connection in Lusaka. This scenic flight over the escarpment and down into the Luangwa River Valley will provide your final glimpses of the savannah below. On arrival you will be met by a Tours Africa member who will assist you to Protea Lusaka Tower hotel, where you will enjoy a relaxing night before your trip back home.

Day 8 : Homeward Bound

After breakfast, dependant on your flight times, you may explore the local shops and area before departing to the airport.

Location: Zambia, Africa

Price: £4412pp

Dates: 15th - 22nd November 2019

Group: Maximum of six people

Prices: Are based on a minimum of four guests, including all activities and internal flights between Luangwa and Kasanka. The price doesn't include international flights.

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