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Kasanka National Park

Zambia

1/4 Straw-coloured fruit bats are the largest bat in Africa.
Straw-coloured fruit bats are the largest bat in Africa.
2/4 The bats become especially active in the evening when they head off in their thousands to find food.
The bats become especially active in the evening when they head off in their thousands to find food.
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4/4 The fruit bats spend the day in tight colonies, covering every tree trunk.
The fruit bats spend the day in tight colonies, covering every tree trunk.

On the western edge of Lake Bangweulu is Kasanka, one of Zambia's smallest parks covering just 420 square kilometres and the only park in Zambia under private management

On the western edge of Lake Bangweulu is Kasanka, one of Zambia's smallest parks covering just 420 square kilometres and the only park in Zambia under private management. Kasanka is interlaced with numerous rivers, lakes, wetlands and some stunning papyrus swamps and as a result, like Bengweulu, is an area famous for its superb birdlife. Like many of the parks, Kaskanka was badly hit with poaching and in 1985 was rescued by a British expatriate, who, along with a local farmer decided to launch a petition to save the park from extinction and set up the Kasanka Trust.

A few years later they were rewarded with a 10 year agreement by the National Parks and Wildlife Services who agreed to help the Trust, in supporting and sustaining the park and its wildlife. The game populations have begun to recover; several rare species are abundant in the park, including sitatunga, wattled crane, Ross’s lourie and blue monkeys and Kasanka is also host to a unique and spectacular congregation of several million straw-coloured fruitbats every November and December.  However, you clearly shouldn't come here with the objective of "conventional" game viewing.  What Kasanka represents is an opportunity to visit a small and fragile pocket of Africa well off the beaten track.

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A few of our favourite places to stay:

Wasa Lodge

Wasa lodge is located on the Eastern side of Kasanka park,

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