Kasanka National Park
Although small in size compared to other Zambian national parks, it is around 450 km² in total size. Kasanka offers guests a wide range of ecosystems, including rivers, lakes, wetlands, forests, lagoons, meadows and dambos that all support an abundance of birds, fish and a few plains game species.
- Size: 450 square kilometres
- Location: Central Zambia
- Rainfall: Summer
- Lodges & accommodation: See Kasanka Bat Safari
Where is Kasanka National Park located?
Kasanka National Park is found pretty much in the middle of Zambia, around 525 kilometres north of Lusaka.
Google Maps does not show the national park as such, so we are using 'HERE WeGo maps' for a more accurate location of the park's boundaries: HERE WeGo Maps - Kasanka National Park
Zoom in and out of the above map to get a general idea of where it is located and what surrounds it.
Information On Kasanka National Park
The main attraction and activity for visiting Kasanka is the annual bat migration. Between November and December, millions and millions of Fruit Bats migrate to this region of Zambia. A truly spectacular sight awaits, with the bat migration being on the bucket list of many people around the world (those in the know, of course).
The national park supports a small list of mammal species that one has the chance to spot and photograph, and they include; Elephant, Hippo, Sable Antelope, Liechtenstein's Hartebeest, Puku, Sitatunga, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Sharpe's Grysbok and the rare Blue Monkey. Predators are very seldom seen in Kasanka.
Birdlife in the summer months is rather good, with over 330 bird species having been recorded, including Pel's Fishing Owl, Pygmy Goose, Ross's Loerie, Osprey, Wattled Crane, and if you are exceptionally lucky, the rare Shoebill Stork.
Best Time to Visit Kasanka National Park?
Kasanka is open year-round for visitors, although it must be noted that during the summer months (the rainy season), certain areas of the park are inaccessible due to flooding.
The best time for the bat migration is between November and December, while the best months for birding is the wet summer season (November - April), when all the migratory species have arrived.
Please note that one has to book in advance should one be interested in the annual bat migration. Please contact us as soon as possible.
Main Attractions Of Kasanka National Park
- Bats, bats and more Bats
- Birdlife photography
- Rare antelope species
- The occasional elephant sightings are truly special
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Old Mondoro is the Lower Zambezi's most intimate and private safari camp.
- David Livingstone Safari Lodge
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The hotel is a two-storey 77-roomed hotel overlooking the wilds of the Zambezi.
- Kafunta Three Rivers Camp
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A small and unique safari camp where wildlife and birdlife sightings and photography are the main attractions.
- Chongwe River Suites
Chongwe River Suites is the proud culmination of years of design and experience and is also the perfect marriage between Chongwe Camp and Chongwe House.
The two rooms share a lounge and dining area appointed with fine furniture and antiques that over look a private pool and the Zambezi.
- Stanley Safari Lodge
Stanley Safari Lodge is the exclusive oasis for explorers of this region.
From all the 10 cottages at Stanley's, one is able to see the distant views of the spray of the Victoria Falls drifting upwards towards the heavens.
- Kafunta Island Bush Camp
Kafunta Island Bush Camp, a rustic and authentic safari camp, awaits those seeking to escape the modern world whilst experiencing some of the best wildlife Africa offers.
Island Bush Camp is all about that South Luangwa walking safari experience.