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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, situated in the northern region of 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.

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What makes this such a unique experience?

Kasanka is the only place in the world where this natural phenomenon can be experienced.

How long does it usually last?

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

What is the best way to enjoy the Bat Migration?

There are several treetop hides situated in various locations in the Bat Forrest, which make for perfect viewing spots to watch the Bat migration.

Where to stay?

You can choose to stay at either Wasa Lodge or the Luwombwa Chalets, both situated in Kasanka National Park.

How to get there?

Kasanka National Park is located in the Serenje District of Zambia’s Central Province. Driving to Kasanka from Lusaka or the Copperbelt will typically take you about 5 – 6 hours. Visitors coming from overseas often opt to fly directly into Kasanka by private charter as there is an airstrip in the park.


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"A fantastic, once in a lifetime experience. Seeing the fruit bat migration was incredible and the stay at Wasa Lodge made the experience even more enjoyable." - Claire O'Grady

“We were overwhelmed, amazed, in awe, humbled and blessed by the experience!” – Stefney Boshoff, Nov 2016

“A fantastic, once in a lifetime experience. Seeing the fruit bat migration was incredible!” – Claire O’Grady, November 2016

“Amazing! Truly spectacular!” – Doug & Mary Palframan, Nov 2016

“A jaw-dropping spectacle you would hardly want to miss!” – Igor S