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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.

Experiences

Fruit Bats

Witness millions of fruit bats fill the skies in Kasanka.

Spot Shoebills

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

Wetland Wildlife

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

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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