Wildlife & Animals – Kasanka NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

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.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantOccasional
HippoCommon
ZebraRare
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, along with vultures and other small predators.

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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