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Bat Migration in Zambia

Afraid of bats? What about seeing 10 million at one time? Don't worry, they won't bite humans, but can't resist fruit

Best time: mid-October–December

Bat Migration
Bat Migration
Bat Migration
Bat Migration

Annually up to 10 million fruit bats migrate to Kazanka National Park. This is the world's largest bat migration known so far. Nocturnal mammals love this habitat for its wild fruit that are abundant here in the months of October, November, and December.

Every day as twilight comes this unbelievable mass of bats appear out of nowhere and swoop onto trees, the wild fruit feast lasts until dawn, then they leave into nowhere again, and an eerie morning silence sounds really strange after the nightly noises produced by millions bats.

The bats arrive to Kazanka fruit garden in late October, and remain here till the end of year. November marks the peak time to watch natural phenomenon. Sunsets and sunrises are particularly spectacular.

Practical info

When should visitors plan their trip to Kazanka National Park?

Mid-October to December is the best time to visit Kazanka National Park in Zambia. During this period, fruit bats migrate to the park for its plentiful wild fruit, and their activities can be observed from twilight until dawn. Sightseers can also view the park's incredible sunrises and sunsets during this period. Show more

In what part of Zambia lies Kazanka National Park?

Kazanka National Park is situated in Zambia's eastern province, north of the Luangwa Valley and east of the Great Rift Valley. Although it is somewhat off the beaten path, visitors can reach the park easily by taking a dirt road from nearby Lundazi. Renting a car, hiring a taxi, or using public transportation are all options for getting to the park. Show more

Is there any danger to humans during the fruit bat migration?

Fruit bats aren't a significant threat to human safety during their migration. Feeding on wild fruit, pollen, and nectar, the bats are harmless to humans. While walking under the trees, fruit debris may fall on one, necessitating donning a hat or head covering, but the bats themselves are not hazardous to humans. Show more

What factor causes the fruit bat migration to Kazanka National Park?

The abundance of wild fruit in Kazanka National Park draws fruit bats to migrate there. This ecosystem harbors various vegetation, which provides unique feeding grounds for the fruit bats. After arriving in great numbers, the bats feed on the fruit until the trees are barren after which they migrate away swiftly. Show more

Which spots in the park are the ideal places to witness the migration?

Several locations within Kazanka National Park offer excellent viewing opportunities for observing the fruit bat migration. Visitors can find an unobstructed view of the tree canopy, where the bats roost, from a small hill near the park's entrance. There are also multiple walking passages across the park that provide one the chance to watch the bats up close as they feed on fruit. Furthermore, guided tours provide detailed knowledge of the bats and their migratory habits. Show more

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