Wildlife & Animals – Kasanka NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

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.

LionVery Rare
LeopardVery Rare
HyenaVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

An amazing wildlife spectacle can be witnessed every year, from November to December, when millions of straw-coloured fruit bats assemble here to roost in the mahogany swamp forest. This is one of the largest mammal concentrations in the world. At dusk, they fill the sky for a solid 20 minutes before they disperse to feed in the nearby miombo woodland. During the daytime, large crocodiles wander underneath the colony, scavenging dead bats.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Kasanka can be visited throughout the year, but general wildlife viewing is best in the Dry season months, from July to November, when the bush has dried out, and animals gather at predictable water sources. November and December is the time to witness the roosting fruit bats.

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