Kasanka Bat Migration - Zambia

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.

This is one of the most jaw-dropping spectacles of nature and an absolute must to experience! While the sheer volume of bats is special, it is the atmosphere surrounding this phenomenon that really gets things worked up – dramatic skies as the early summer rains come closer, large raptors like crowned and martial eagles swooping through the bats and taking them on the wing.

The bats take up residence in a few hectares of the Bat Forest in Kasanka National Park’s mushitu swamp forest. Enjoy sunrise and sunset viewings of the bats leaving and returning to the Bat Forest. Make use of the amazing treetop hides from private locations in the Bat Forest. Combine bat viewing with sightings of sitatunga, blue monkey, puku, elephant and many more.
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Bat Migration

With over 10 million straw coloured fruit bats descending into Kasanka, this is the largest mammal migration on Earth! This migration only takes place for about 90 days from late October to mid December.

Accommodation during the Bat Migration
We have some fantastic options for you to choose between; we highly recommend Wasa Lodge (this package is based on Wasa Lodge) or the Luwombwa Chalets, both situated in Kasanka National Park.

Getting to Kasanka
Self-drive: Driving to Kasanka from Lusaka or the Copperbelt will typically take you about 5-6 hours. The roads are all tarred up to the park entrance and currently in excellent condition.

Flights to Kasanka
Most of our visitors coming from overseas choose to fly directly into Kasanka by private charter as we work closely with a company that has an airstrip and aircraft based in the park. We can arrange the air charters from anywhere in Zambia. It is a about a 1 and a half hour flight from Lusaka, 1 hour from Mfuwe in the Luangwa, and just 45 minutes from Ndola.!

Sky Trails Ltd is an independent charter company which is based in Kasanka N.P. so that there is usually as aircraft available locally for air charters to, from or around the area. If you need any help or advice in planning your itinerary or arranging charter flights, please contact us!

Total package price from: 2 750

Standard Terms and Conditions

  • Prices are per person sharing, depending on the season
  • Prices shown here are very much a guideline, contact us to discuss your specific requirements so that we can quote for your unique needs and in your preferred currency
  • Services are subject to availability at the time of booking confirmation
  • To hire a car, drivers must carry a valid driver’s licence and valid credit card


  • Return charters from Lusaka to Kasanka
  • A Fully Inclusive stay at Wasa Lodge for 3 nights
  • Laundry
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Park fees
  • Transfers
  • Activities including guided bat tours and use of our private hides.

Valid from:
26-29 October 2018
10-13 November 2018
27-30 November 2018
5-8 December 2018


  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Any meals not specified
  • Any activities not specified
  • Unspecified park and entrance fees
  • Any scheduled flights
  • Cancellation, baggage, medical and evacuation insurance
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