The Hidden Gems of Kasanka National Park

“If you are visiting Northern Zambia, make sure you stop in Kasanka!” – Lucie, April 2015

Kasanka is an explorers paradise where the lush Congo vegetation meets the Miombo forests and open grasslands of Zambia. With DIVERSE HABITATS, UNIQUE WILDLIFE and FANTASTIC BIRDING, Kasanka also plays host to the spectacular congregation of several Million Straw-Coloured Fruit bats every November and December. Pack your bags and venture out on a journey that will leave you with amazing experiences and UNIQUE MEMORIES.

Kasanka is perfectly suited to:

Bush walksBirdingCanoeingGame drives 

What you can find in this region

Unique attractions or experiences in this region include:


As the early morning mist lifts over the Kasanka marshland, witnessing the shy sitatunga graze across the swamp is a highlight to be enjoyed by all who visit this area. Rated as one of the best chances of getting quality photographs of these usually highly secretive antelope, this is a must for nature lovers.


A sighting of this prehistoric looking Shoebill stork is on every birder’s list. Trekking into the Bangweulu Wetlands to spot this fantastic bird is an adventure yielding unforgettable sightings and an experience one is sure to never forget.

Bat Migration

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.

Pel’s Fishing Owl

Always sought after by birders, the Pel’s Fishing Owl’s reclusive and nocturnal nature makes sightings tricky and infrequent. The slow flowing riverine habitat around Luwombwa is a prime habitat.

Accommodation Ideas in this region

Where we suggest you stay in this region:

Wasa Lodge

Wasa Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Wasa and is a delightfully peaceful and tranquil location in Kasanka.

Luwombwa Lodge

Luwombwa Lodge is located on the banks of the Luwombwa River and is a very serene and privately located lodge.

Wilderness Trail

A 3 night guided exploration on foot into the heart of Kasanka National Park through diverse habitats with fantastic birding and unique wildlife.

Kasanka Travel Packages

Some package ideas as to how you can best experience this region

Zambian Bat Safari

A 3 night Fully Inclusive stay at Wasa Lodge in Kasanka National Park witnessing the incredible Bat Migration.

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Kasanka Wilderness Trail

A 3 night guided exploration on foot into the heart of Kasanka National Park

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Northern Zambia Birding Safari

An amazing 9 night, self drive birding safari through Northern Zambia offering some of the countries best birding and wilderness regions.

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Kasanka National Park Photo Gallery

Photographs from the the above packages

Routes through the Northern Region of Zambia

The Northern region route would typically begin in Lusaka.
This route is passable year round and for the most part offers travellers easy access to its various destinations.

Leaving Lusaka and heading North East on the Great North Road, there are many hidden highlights along this route. From beautiful waterfalls and cave art, there’s a surprise around every corner if you know where to look. where to look.

Following the Great North Road you will pass through Kabwe on to Kapiri Mposhi. Pass through Kapiri and after about 4 kms turn right towards Mpika and Tanzania. If you would like an overnight stop to break this trip, Forest Inn between Kapiri Mposhi and Mkushi is a convenient resting place.

Passing the Mkushi turn-off, you will reach the Serenje turn-off, clearly visible with a Lake Petroleum and Serenje Gas Pad. It is recommended to fill your tanks here as fuel stops can be scarce along this route. Continue on the main road for 36km until you will find a tarred road on your left signed to ‘Mansa’.

If you are heading to Kasanka, turn left here, and continue for 55km, at which point you will see a large sign to Kasanka and the park gate on your left side. Otherwise if you continue on the Great North Road you will find all the other destinations scattered along this route with easy to spot signage and directions.