Kasanka National Park

Kasanka National Park

About Kasanka National Park

Kasanka National Park is the only privately managed national park in the country. The park is not a classic wildlife destination, but highly rewarding for people interested in birds.

Kasanka National Park is a great place to see the rare sitatunga antelope, but is best known for its annual bat migration which takes place in late November and early December each year.

One of Zambia’s least-known wilderness areas, and a real highlight of a visit to this part of the country, Kasanka National Park is most famous for its fruit bat migration in November and December, which sees up to 10 million of the nocturnal creatures arrive. The park is also known for its swampland, which is home to the park’s shy and retiring star, the sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope distinguished by its long splayed hooves and oily coat.

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Best time to visit

From the middle of the Dry season until the end (July to October) is the Best Time To Visit Kasanka National Park. During these months, water sources in the bush have dried out through lack of rainfall, and the animals tend to hang around the surviving water sources. To witness the annual Kasanka bat migration, you need to visit around November-December. 


A visit to Kasanka is more a wilderness experience than a classic safari. Kasanka is one of the best places in Africa to see the elusive sitatunga antelope. There is also a small population of elephant, which are sometimes seen. Other flagship species such as buffalo, leopard and lion are present but rarely spotted. More prominent are several antelope species, including puku, Lichtenstein's hartebeest and sable.

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