Kasanka National Park is one of Zambia’s smaller, lesser-known national parks. But a visit to this gem will leave you with a sense of awe and wonder. It is remote, wild, and thriving with life- the birdlife alone will take your breath away. Over 471 species have been recorded in the park. Many other rare species call the park home, including sitatunga, blue monkeys, wattled cranes, and shoebill stork. It is the fruit-coloured strawbat, however, that is Kasanka’s ultimate drawcard. The park is the site of the largest mammal migration in the in world. Every October to December, ten million of these winged creatures descend onto a patch of forest in the park. Set against a stunning backdrop of forest landscapes and dramatic skies, it is an awe-inspiring sight .
Visitors to Kasanka can stay at one of two lodges, or choose a more rustic camping option. Unique safari activities are on offer- from boating and canoeing safaris, to mountain biking, to visiting the tallest tree in Zambia.

Why we like it

This unique park, although small, is a true wonderland for nature and wildlife lovers. It is home to a diversity of life, and is the site of the world's largest mammal migration- the spectacular annual bat migration.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 390 square km
Reserve Type: Private Game Reserve
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Straw-coloured Fruitbat
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Serenje

Accommodation in Kasanka National Park

Luwombwa Lodge

Kasanka National Park in Zambia is one of the country’s lesser-known safari gems. This remote wilderness thrives with biodiversity, and is also the site of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring phenomena- the annual bat migration. Millions of straw-coloured fruitbats descend on a tiny patch of forest every November and December. Luwombwa Lodge is located in west of the park, set…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board, Self-catering, Camping
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Wasa Lodge, Kasanka

Wasa Lodge overlooks Wasa Lake in the heart of Kasanka National Park in Zambia. Kasanka is a true wildlife and nature gem. Although small, it is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, and serves as a valuable protected area for a number of endangered species. Kasanka is also the site of unique annual bat migration, when 10 million…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board, Self-catering, Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Lichtenstein's Hartebeest
Sable Antelope
Roan Antelope

Key Species

Straw-coloured Fruitbat
Sitatunga Antelope
Blue Monkey

Shoebill Stork
Wattled Crane
Ross's Lourie
Pel's Fishing Owl

Nile Monitor
African Rock Python
Speke's Hinged Tortoise


Papyrus Swamps
Riverine Forest

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 2
Mammals: 9
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 7
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