Witness one of nature's most spectacular migrations as 10 million straw coloured fruit bats descend into a tiny patch of swamp forest in Northern Zambia. This natural phenomenon needs to be witnessed first-hand to appreciate it's scale, as millions of bats take to the skies morning and night against a backdrop of incredible scenic surrounds. Combined with Liuwa's wildebeest migration and incredible game viewing in South Luangwa, this may be a rather unusual safari, but it most certainly will be an unforgettable one.
A few of the many incredible things you'll see and experience while on this journey.
Day 1: Arrival - Livingstone, Zambia
Travel to one of the most remote parks in Zambia - Luiwa Plains, to witness the second largest migration of wildebeest in Africa! A light aircraft will take you from Livingstone into the heart of the bush and an exciting helicopter transfer takes you the rest of the way to the lodge! From here, its all about the wildlife, as you explore on game drives, bush walks and canoe safaris.
Days 2 - 4: King Lewanika Lodge, Liuwa Plains
One of the earliest protected areas in Africa, Liuwa Plain was first preserved by the head of the Lozi people, King Lewanika, after which the lodge is named. A photographers dream, the plains are unspoilt and exclusive with rare game and a rich natural heritage. As well as the wildebeest migration, magnificent birdlife, a growing cheetah population and the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride can be found here.
Days 5 -7: Wasa Lodge, Kasanka National Park
Today your migration adventure continues as you fly to Kasanka National Park. Between October and December each year, about 10 million straw coloured fruit bats descend into a tiny patch of evergreen swamp forest inside the park. View the migration at sunrise and sunset as the bats leave and return to the Bat Forest. Make use of the amazing treetop hides to see the migration in all its glory and keep you eyes open for the rare Sitatunga in the swamps infront of the lodge.
Days 8- 10: Chinzombo Lodge, South Luangwa
Venture into one of Zambia's most game rich reserves, the famous South Luangwa National Park, renowned for its world-class predator action, with especially strong sightings of the elusive leopard. This wildly luxurious camp melts into the exquisitely tranquil riverside setting, the perfect place to base yourself for the last 4 days of your Zambian safari.
Day 11: Departure - Lusaka, South Luangwa
Today mark's the end of your Zambian migration safari. After a last morning game drive along the beautiful Luangwa River, you will head back to Lusaka to connect with onward international flights home. by road back to Mfuwe airstrip and onwards to Lusaka.
Option: Tag on a few days to this safari and head to Livingstone where you can visit the mighty Victoria Falls (extra cost).
Optional: Learn about the challenges of frontier parks such as Liuwa and what is being done on the ground to protect them. Connect with the South Luangwa Conservation group and find out more about their anti-poaching and community education efforts in the South Luangwa region.
We've carefully selected local projects that are doing amazing work for conservation in the area. You can add a visit on to your itinerary which will automatically include a direct donation to their work. Note: Some of these projects may already be included in your itinerary!