Kasanka National Park
Kasanka National Park is one of Zambia’s smaller National Parks, covering an area of 450 square kilometers. It is situated on the south western area of the Lake Bangweulu basin, and these wetlands offer spectacular sightings of black lechwe and the famous shoebill.
The Park is run by The Kasanka Trust, a wildlife charity, which was set up to manage the Kasanka National Park, an area which was in danger of becoming a defunct national park. This was largely due to poaching. Kasanka is thus Zambia’s first national park to be run under private management. The Park is entirely reliant on tourism revenue and charitable funding.
It is a valuable conservation area, consisting of rivers, lakes, forests, wetlands and fields, which support diverse flora and fauna, including some endangered species and rare birds.
What can you expect to see?
There are many different types of antelope, including sable, puku, hartebeest on the plains, and sitatunga, waterbuck and reedbuck closer to the lake and wetlands.
Birdlife is prolific with sightings of the rare Pel’s fishing owl and the Shoebill being the most sort after. Birding in the wet season is at its best with migrants arriving from the north.
Guests can fish in the Luwombwa River. Canoes can be hired, but fishing tackle is not supplied so you need to bring your own.
One of the most exciting reasons to visit Kasanka, is the bat migration that occurs during November and December. At this time several million fruit bats take up residence in a small area of the swamp forest. The bats start to arrive towards the end of October, coming in search of the wild fruits in the area. During the day, these straw coloured bats roost in the trees. At dusk the noise and activity increases and they all take flight in search of food, darkening the sky for about 25 minutes. This spectacle is not to be missed.
When to go?
Kasanka is open all year round.
How can we get there?
It is an easy drive from Lusaka up the Great North Road. Turn right after Kapiri Mposhi and continue through Serenji. At the next main junction, turn left and you will find the park.
There are no scheduled flights into Kasanka. There is however an airstrip so a charted flight can be arranged.
Where can we Stay?
There is a choice of a full board lodge, self-catering and camping.
- Wasa Lodge (full board or self-catering)
- Luwombwa Lodge (self-catering)
- Three campsites – Pontoon, Kabwe and Bufumu.
Please visit the Kasanka area on the home page for more information regarding this accommodation.