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Ultimate Adventures: Zambia Migrations Expedition

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Each year, Zambia plays host to two of the best kept secrets in the natural world. These two wildlife spectacles are only ever witnessed by the avid adventurer due to the remoteness of the areas in which they occur.

This year, we have combined two of our most popular tours in order to witness both migrations in one magnificent Zambian expedition.

Liuwa Plain National Park is situated in the Upper Zambezi flood plains of Western Zambia. The park covers an area of 3 600km2 of vast grasslands and wooded islands, and the plain from which the park takes its name is 70km long and 30km wide. The park plays a vital role in the Zambezi’s catchment and is flooded from late December to June each year.

Liuwa also forms part of a remarkable annual wildebeest migration route. Herds cover 200km from an area to the northwest of the park in June to concentrate in the southern region of the park by November. In addition to significant wildebeest and Burchell’s zebra family groups, Liuwa is home to tsessebe, oribi, Southern reedbuck, lion, spotted hyena and cheetah. Rarer species including wild dog and leopard have occasionally been seen.

Up to ten million “straw-coloured fruit bats” converge upon Kasanka National Park as the fruits of a local tree ripen. These bats roost in a specific woodland and literally cover the trunks of the trees like thick icing. Then at sunset they all take off and fly out to forage. The sky is thick with bats. You can view all this from the 30 metre-high hide, in a tree top, next to the woodland. And from this hide, during the day you will see many sitatunga in the swamp below.

These migrations happen in other parts of Africa, but they tend to occur in urban areas, and with the growth of cities, bat numbers seem to be on the decline. To see millions of bats dispersing at dusk against the setting sun is one of the wildlife wonders of Africa, and one that definitely shouldn’t be missed.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Date: 18 November-1 December 2018

Destination: Liuwa Plain National Park, Western Zambia; Kasanka National Park, Zambia

Cost:  R15 000 per person

Includes: Accommodation & Park Fees, Dinner daily

Excludes: Fuel, Border Costs, Drinks, VHF radio hire

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