Lechwe on Bangweulu Plains

Kasanka Bats & Bangweulu Wetlands Zambia Safari

Tour Length11 days
Priced from pps $5394 R75926 £4184 4775 A$7548 C$7145 NZ$7856 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Exclusive Small Group Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 6 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Transport 4x4 Open Safari Vehicle
  • Wildlife Exceptional Birding, Migration Safari (Seasonal) & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Experience an unusual and authentic African bush adventure, camping in the wild Kasanka and Lavushi Manda national parks of Zambia! Travel in a small group, each with your own private guide, two per vehicle, camping in rooftop tents. A dedicated chef prepares all your meals and the safari crew takes care of logistics and camp chores so that you can sit back and simply enjoy the journey!

Few people get to see the remote and pristine wilderness areas this exclusive, yet affordable, Zambian Safari explores. On this adventure, we witness the incredible migration of several million fruit bats in Kasanka, as well as encountering a rich array of wildlife, plants and birds, including rare species such as sitatunga, wattled-crane, Ross’s Lourie and blue monkeys. During our two-day adventure in the Bangweulu Swamps of the Lake Waka Waka wetland system, expert guides also take us to view the elusive shoebills of Lavushi Manda National Park.

This phenomenal African adventure will leave you with unforgettable memories and once-in-a-lifetime photographs!

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Lusaka

This Kasanka & Bangweulu Wetlands Safari begins in Lusaka, the capital and largest city in Zambia. At the start of the safari, you are collected from the international airport and transferred to your guesthouse for your first overnight stay in Zambia.

Once you have settled in at the guesthouse your safari guide meets up with you to discuss the program for the next day.

This evening dinner at your guesthouse in the booming city of Lusaka is included.

  • Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Lusaka to Wasa - Kasanka National Park

Early on the morning of day two, we leave Lusaka, driving northeast to Kasanka National Park. Entering the national park via Maluashi Gate we proceed to our overnight lodge located on the banks of a big lagoon.

We cover a long distance today thus the lodge staff prepares dinner for us. We enjoy a traditional meal and spend the night in comfortable chalets.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 & 4: Pontoon 1 - Kasanka National Park

Wake up to beautiful views of the lagoon where you may see puku, hippo and other wildlife. An early start is recommended as sunrise is one of the optimal times for watching bats.

The lodge is close to Mushitu (swamp forest) and on day three we spend the morning exploring the forest in front of the lodge. In the forest, you will get to see millions of bats and a rich array of birds!

After watching the bats and birds in the forest at the lodge we proceed to our campsite for the next two nights. The campsite lies in an evergreen forest looking out over a swamp where rare sitatunga antelope often gather. The famous Fibwe Hide, close to camp, is ideal for watching the shy sitatunga. The camp is also near an elevated bat hide built at treetop height to provide outstanding bat watching and stunning views.

During our time at Pontoon 1 campsite, we embark on activities with local guides who take us to see the bats, birds and animals of this unique region. Exploring with local guides enables us to gain real insight into the local ecosystem and to fully experience the wilderness of Kasanka. Hiring the local guides also helps to support the local communities of the area.

Sunset is another ideal time for viewing the bats because this is when they return to roost after a day of feeding.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 & 6: Bufumu & Mateshe - Kasanka National Park

On day five we pack up camp and set off to explore more of Kasanka National Park. We take a slow drive to the remote northwestern area of the park where the "Tall Tree" is found. The canopy tower known as "Tall Tree" stands 14 metres tall, offering exceptional views over the Mateshe. The tower is ideal for birdwatching as well as taking in the stunning views.

The north-west region of Kasanka hosts an impressive diversity of wildlife and birds. You can explore the African bush on foot with one of our guides and simply enjoy the peace and quiet.

We spend two nights camping in the secluded area allowing enough time to unwind and soak up the wild surroundings.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 & 8: Kabwe River - Kasanka National Park

On day seven we pack up camp and move on to our next campsite at Kabwe, located nearby on the banks of a river.

The camp at Kabwe is also in a remote and tranquil spot and overlooks an attractive grassland. The campsite lies halfway between the Bat Forest and Bufumu Forest - the perfect position for accessing the best birdwatching and game viewing opportunities in the area. In between wildlife, bat and bird watching activities, we relax at the camp, admiring the beautiful setting.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 & 10: Bangweulu Wetlands - Lavushi Manda National Park

Day nine begins with an early morning departure from our camp at Kabwe. From there we exit Kasanka National Park and cover the short distance to Lavushi Manda National Park.

Entering Lavushi Manda Park we make our way to the world-renowned Bangweulu Wetlands. Bangweulu is a designated Ramsar Convention Site recognised as one of the most important wetlands in the world.

We spend the next two nights at a dedicated Shoebill camp in the Bangweulu Swamps. Expert guides take us out to search for the shoe-billed storks by boat. Our excursions are carefully planned to maximise our chances of excellent shoebill sightings over the next two days.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Bangweulu Wetlands to Lusaka

Waking up early on day 11, we have breakfast at camp and enjoy our last moments out in the wild Bangweulu Swamps. Then we set off on a game drive, taking us back to the park gate. Leaving Lavushi Manda National Park we drive southwest back to Lusaka, where our adventure began.

Along the way, we pass the southern tip of the Democratic Republic of Congo and pause to refuel in Mposhi. Arriving back in Lusaka you are dropped off at the guesthouse where dinner and your last overnight stay is included.

  • Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Luggage Allowance: A maximum of 20kg's of baggage is permitted per person. A soft bag needs to be used for your luggage. No hard-shell cases can be carried. Excess luggage can be stored safely in Lusaka

Optional Extras and Excursions

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  • Guided Bat Experience walks with a dedicated guide
  • A guided bird walk
  • “Cats and Nocturnals” guided night drive
  • Shoebill Trek guided adventure
  • Banana Boat Cruise

Child Policy

This tour does not take children.

The minimum age requirement for this tour is 16 years.

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  • Guided Bat Experience walks with a dedicated guide
  • A guided bird walk
  • “Cats and Nocturnals” guided night drive
  • Shoebill Trek guided adventure
  • Banana Boat Cruise
+Included in the Tour Price
  • Transfer from Lusaka airport to the guesthouse
  • Two nights of accommodation in Lusaka (one prior and one post safari)
  • One night of chalet accommodation (DBB) for the first night in Kasanka
  • Your own private guide
  • All fuel and vehicle costs (includes bedding & rooftop tent)
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on safari) prepared by the private chef
  • All camping site costs 
  • Park fees for 10 days in Kasanka and Lavushi Manda National Parks
  • Selected South African wines at dinner 
  • After dinner liqueur 
  • Pre-dinner snacks with sundowners
  • All guiding & driving by professional guides & 4X4 experts
  • Camp set-up & dismantling each morning & evening
  • Satellite phone (for medical emergencies only)
  • Charging facility for camera batteries
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Use of a head torch on safari
+Not Included in the Tour Price
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Local and international flights
  • Any additional or optional activities not listed 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities 
  • Malaria medication
  • Drinks (except wine with dinner)
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A minimum of 4 clients is required to guarantee departures. Bookings of fewer than 4 people are accepted, but departures will only be confirmed once 4 clients book. A maximum of 6 clients is permitted per departure.

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