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A safari to see the Kasanka bat migration in Zambia

1/3 The bats become especially active in the evening when they head off in their thousands to find food.
© Francois Delbee The bats become especially active in the evening when they head off in their thousands to find food.
2/3 Straw-coloured fruit bats are the largest bat in Africa.
© Francois Delbee Straw-coloured fruit bats are the largest bat in Africa.
3/3 The fruit bats spend the day in tight colonies, covering every tree trunk.
© Frank Willem The fruit bats spend the day in tight colonies, covering every tree trunk.

Visit Zambia's Kasanka Park for the migration of millions of bats on a tailored safari with expert guides. Perfect for naturalists and photographers.

Reported to be the biggest aggregation of mammals in the world, this spectacle knocks the socks off the wildebeest migration in terms of sheer numbers.  Probably a tad tricky to count, it is estimated that 5 million straw-coloured fruit bats converge on this remote Park in northern Zambia during November and December.  Their spectacular aerial displays against the setting sun as they head out to forage can be seen for miles.  During the day, you can wonder amongst the trees and see the bats chattering, grooming and resting up.

For photographers and nature-enthusiasts, this is a real David Attenborough moment.  Combine it with Bangweulu where the endangered dodo-like Shoebill Stork can be found.

While the fact that this area of Zambia is little visited is a good enough reason for some, it does mean that there are relatively few choices for accommodation and operators in the area.

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