Watch 10 Million Bats descend into Kasanka

Between October and December each year, about 10 million straw coloured fruit bats descend into a tiny patch of evergreen swamp forest inside Kasanka National Park, Northern Zambia. This natural phenomenon, unique only to Kasanka lends itself to some truly astonishing birdlife sightings set against a backdrop of incredible scenic surrounds and dramatic skies.

The Bat Migration: Facts, Figures & Location

The scale of the migration?

With over 10 million straw coloured fruit bats descending into Kasanka, this is the largest mammal migration on Earth!

How long does it last?

This migration only takes place for about 90 days from late October to mid December.

Where does it take place?

The bats take up residence in a few hectares of the Bat Forest in Kasanka National Park’s mushitu swamp forest.

How can you enjoy the bat experience?

Sunrise / sunset viewings

Enjoy sunrise and sunset viewings of the bats leaving and returning to the Bat Forest

Climb the tree top hides

Make use of our amazing treetop hides from private locations in the Bat Forest

Game drives and birding

Combine bat viewing with sightings of sitatunga, blue monkey, puku, elephant and many more

Accommodation during the Bat Migration

Choose between Wasa Lodge or the Luwombwa Chalets, both situated in Kasanka National Park.

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Wasa Lodge

Your stay at Wasa will allow you to experience the heart of Kasanka. The beautiful chalets overlooking the the lake, the welcoming staff and tranquil surrounds will put you at ease so that you can enjoy the safari of a lifetime.

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Luwombwa Chalets

If you are an intrepid explorer, Luwombwa is the place for you. Situated on the banks of the Luwombwa River, these chalets are tucked away offering a private stay with a focus on adventure and exploration.

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