Tour Itinerary

Kasanka offers visitors the opportunity to experience a Southern African adventure with tropical Congo elements in a remote and unspoilt wilderness that is unlike any other. With a rich diversity of animal, bird and plant life including several rare species such as sitatunga, wattled crane, Ross’s Lourie and Blue Monkeys. Kasanka is also host to a unique and spectacular congregation of several Million Straw-Colored Fruit bats – one of the reasons for this adventure! We will also embark on a two-day adventure into the swamp system of Lake Waka Waka in the Bangweulu Wetlands of Lavushi Manda National Park, accompanied by expert Shoebill guides to locate these elusive and shy birds.

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 Bat viewing platform, Kasanka Bat viewing platform, Kasanka

Day 1 – Arrive Lusaka

Arrive Lusaka International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for the night. Once you have all arrived Pierre will meet you at the guest house and go over the following days itinerary. (D)

 Wasa Lodge breakfast deck Wasa Lodge breakfast deck

Day 2 – Wasa Lodge

Departing Lusaka early we head Northeast for the Maluashi Gate of Kasanka National Park. Due to the distance travelled today our first nights’ meal will be a traditional dinner prepared by the lodge staff and we will be accommodated in the lodge chalets (included in the tour cost). Set on the banks of a large lagoon it offers fantastic viewing of Puku, Hippo and other species as well as being close to the Mushitu (swamp forest). (BLD)

 Kasanka camping with African Safari Experts Kasanka camping with African Safari Experts

Day 3 & 4 – Pontoon Camp

Our first morning will be spent relaxing in front of the lodge in the forest taking in the millions of bats as well as a host of other bird species. Sunrise & sunset are the best times to view the bats as they take flight in the mornings or return to roost in the evenings after a full day of feeding. There is a Bat Hide set at tree top height giving you the best view. This campsite is situated in an evergreen forest overlooking a swamp clearing favored by Sitatunga, it is close to the Bat hide & Fibwe hide. We will spend 2 nights here with local guides taking us on specialized excursions looking for bats, birds & mammals. To fully appreciate everything this park has to offer local guides are essential, we support the local communities & get the most out of the experience. (BLD)

 Kasanka National Park, Zambia Kasanka National Park, Zambia

Day 5 & 6 – Bufumu Forest

Today we will do some exploring of Kasanka National Park as we make our way towards the North West section of the park & the “Tall Tree”. This is a remote area of the park and supports impressive diversities of wildlife. A 14-meter-tall canopy tower overlooks the Mateshe offering impressive views & excellent birding. With 2 nights here, there is time to relax, enjoy the scenery, do some walking with one of the guides & enjoy the solitude of the African bush. (BLD)

 Kabwe campsite, Kasanka Kabwe campsite, Kasanka

Day 7 & 8 – Kabwe Camp

Today we will move a short distance to another campsite on the banks of a river to Kabwe. This camp offers a quiet haven with a beautiful setting overlooking a lovely grassland. Located midway between the Bat Forest and Bufumu Forest allows for a complete mix of wildlife and birding experiences. (BLD)

 Bangweulu Swamps - the Shoebill Bangweulu Swamps – the Shoebill’s home

Day 9 & 10 – Bangweulu Swamps

Departing Kabwe early and exiting the park we will have a short drive into Lavushi Manda National Park and the world-famous Bangweulu Wetlands. Here there is a dedicated Shoebill camp close to where we embark the boats to search for the birds. Met by expert guides who will assist us in locating these birds. We will plan the trip carefully to ensure we have the best chance of good sightings over the next 2 days. (BLD)

 Shoebill searching in Bangweulu Shoebill searching in Bangweulu

Day 11 – Depart Bangweulu for Lusaka

With a sad heart and an early start we game drive back to the gate & begin our return journey to Lusaka. Passing a small corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo we will refuel in Mposhi & continue South West towards Lusaka, our final destination of this tour. Few people ever witness this spectacular migration and you will be taking some incredible memories and photographs back home with you. We will drop you back at the guest house this evening in time for dinner. (BLD)