Lake Bangweulu, Zambia

Kasanka National Park and Bangweulu Wetlands

One of the country’s smallest parks, Kasanka has become renowned for the magnificent fruit bat migration that takes place here.

These straw-coloured fruit bats begin to flood the park with the arrival of the rains, peaking during November, when Kasanka’s trees and skies are filled with millions of these winged mammals.

Richly forested with evergreen woodlands, Kasanka is also home to large numbers of birds and a variety of cold-blooded species. The widest variety of birdlife occurs within the park’s miombo forests, which are home to sunbirds, flycatchers, creepers, thrushes, cuckoos and many other varieties.


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Bat migration, Kasanka National Park, Zambia

Fruit Bats

Witness millions of fruit bats fill the skies in Kasanka.

Shoebill in East Africa, Zambia

Spot Shoebills

Spot rare shoebills nesting in the Bangweulu Wetlands. Stay at the beautiful Shoebill Island Camp.

A black lechwe looks back on a wide open plain, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia

Wetland Wildlife

Encounter wetland species, such as the black lechwe and rosy-throated longclaw.

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