Weekly Article: Witness Bat Migration at Kasanka National Park

Witness Bat Migration at Kasanka National Park

By: Raquel Zuniga

 Photo credit: Katie Seidel. (Thumbnail photo credit: Gilmour Dickson)

Photo credit: Katie Seidel. (Thumbnail photo credit: Gilmour Dickson)

Hello bat friends! Are you planning ahead for your next getaway? Look no further! Kasanka National Park is the place to be any time from October to mid-December to witness millions of straw colored fruit bats migrate inside the park’s Bat Forest.

Kasanka National Park is on the south western edge of Lake Bangweulu basin, one of Zambia’s smallest national parks in South Africa.

Kasanka is a chance for a seasoned traveler to experience a Southern African safari with tropical Congo elements in an area that is remote. This park is offers a rich diversity of animal, bird, and plant life including several rare species such as sitatunga, wattled crane, and blue monkeys.

Kansanka is the largest mammal migration on Earth with over 10 million straw colored fruit bats. This natural phenomenon is unique only to Kasanka’s Bat Forest. The Bat Forest is a few hectares of mushitu swamp forest. The Bat Forest has several treetop hideouts to enjoy sunrise and sunset viewings of the bats leaving and returning.

“Watching clouds of bats leave the colony to feed at sunset is pretty impressive, but that’s nothing compared to the thrill of climbing into a treetop hide at dawn to see them return” said Emma Gregg, an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.

If you would like to visit and lodge within the park, you have two options to choose from; you may lodge with Wasa Lodge or Luwombwa Chalets. Wasa Lodge is located in the heart of Kasanka, overlooking Lake Bangweulu. If you are a fearless explorer, Luwombwa Chalets is the place for you. These chalets are tucked away on the banks of the Luwombwa River, offering a private stay with a focus on adventure and exploration.

After reading this you are still unsure if this is the destination for you, I recommend reading expert reviews about this national park at https://www.safaribookings.com/kasanka/expert-reviews and visit Kasanka National Park’s website at http://kasankanationalpark.com/