Kasanka National Park

Kasanka National Park

Overview

We have all heard and read reams about the great wildebeest migration of the Serengeti, but have you ever heard of fruit bat migration? Welcome to the remote wilderness of Kasanka National Park; a small but scenic park covering just 390 sq km, but packing incredible biodiversity. Located on the southwestern edge of the Lake Bangweulu basin, forming a part of Congo basin, the park blends together the drier Eastern and Southern African safari experience with tropical Congo elements to present a unique experience to the visitors. The diverse habitats of the park are characterised by miombo woodlands, evergreen thicket, papyrus swamp, open grassland and rivers fringed with emerald forest, wet grasslands, lagoons that support a wide array of wildlife with the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope being the star attractions. Elephant, sable, black lechwe and a wide range of other mammals are often seen, too, in smaller numbers.

Other common antelope species include bushbuck, duiker, reedbuck, blue monkey, and puku. Between July and October you’ll most likely see sable antelopes and hartebeests, and may also be treated to a glimpse of roan antelopes. The lakes and rivers host a good number of crocodiles and hippos. Nocturnal sightings of jackals, civets, and porcupines are also known. The park is also a popular birding site with Over 440 bird species have been recorded, including such rarities as Pel’s fishing owl, the Pygmy-goose, Ross’s loerie, Bohm's bee-eater, the osprey and the wattled crane. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the rare shoebill stork. But what truly distinguishes the Kasanka is the unique and spectacular congregation of nearly 10 Million migratory Straw-Coloured Fruitbats every November and December – the biggest mammal gathering anywhere in the world. Fly camping is also possible, and the guided walks, wildlife drives (both day and night), canoeing, motorboat trips, and fishing trips make Kasanga an amazing experience.

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