Monday, November 19, 2012

Kasanka National Park

 

 

 
 Earlier this month I went to visit Kasanka National Park with some friends in Central Province, Zambia.  It is a beautiful park with lots of great wildlife.  We saw Crocodiles from the truck on a game drive.
 
 


We had a fantastic guide, Ba Bastiaan, who was very knowledgeable and had a great eye for spotting birds and wildlife.  This is one of the many Warthogs we saw just across the river from where we were all sitting and talking one afternoon.

 
 
 
My favorite part of the trip though, was seeing these magnificent Elephants.  They walked by shortly after we saw the Warthogs
 
 
 
They were absolutely amazing.  The guide advised us to remain quiet and still, and the Elephants continued to come closer.
 
 


This Elephant in particular was enormous and it was a thrill to watch him at such close range.



 
The real draw of this trip was over 4 million Straw Coloured Fruit Bats.  Every November, over 8 million of them descend on a small area in Kasanka National Park, the largest mammal migration in the world.  We saw less then 5 million because we came early during the migration.  I assure you that over 4 million huge bats (amongst the largest bats in Africa) filling the sky is an awesome and impressive sight.  I was not missing the other 4 million bats.  This of course is just one small section of sky.  The bats were flying over in endless waves in every direction.  If you ever get a chance to go to Kasanka I would absolutely recommend it at anytime of year, but especially during bat season!


5 comments:

  1. Pat Clark: Not to be technical, but his sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling are perfect! Lyrical too.

    A comment from a friend of Aunt Margaret's!

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  2. Whoa -- amazing, Pete. It's cool to think of a massive mammal migration. I'm usually just thinking about birds, monarchs, and dragonflies!

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  3. Hello! Very nice pictures of Kasanka's elephants, possibly the best around!

    If you like birding try to come see Shoebills in Bangweulu. Where exactly are you based for your volunteering?

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