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Kasanka National Park

This peaceful sanctuary is situated on the south western edge of the Lake Bangweulu basin and one of Zambia’s smallest national parks. It's 450 km2 however, are so well endowed with rivers, lakes and wetlands, forests, lagoons, meadows and dambos that it supports a uniquely wide range of animals and abundant birds and fish. Do not expect to see large herds of animals round every corner, but it is surely one of the most picturesque parks in Zambia with superb birdlife.

A little about the history of the park, about ten years ago, Kasanka National Park was in danger of becoming yet another defunct national park due to rampant poaching. David Lloyd, a British expatriate, who had lived in Zambia for many years visited the park in 1985 and heard the crack of gunshots. He concluded that if there was still poaching there must still be animals there and set out to save the park from total depletion. He teamed up with a local farmer, sought funding and along with much of their own resources applied for official permission to rehabilitate the park. They built tourist camps, roads and bridges and set up the Kasanka Trust to raise funds for this community based project. Slowly it began to earn a little money from tourists to help cover costs. 3 years later, the National Parks and Wildlife Services Department were sufficiently impressed to sign a 10 year agreement with the Trust allowing full management of the park in conjunction with National Parks & Wildlife Services and to develop it for tourism in partnership with the local community.

Recuperating from reduction are hippo, sable antelope, and Liechtenstein's hartebeest. The Puku, once reduced to a few hundred, today exceed 1500. There are fairly big herds of the swamp dwelling sitatunga, reedbuck, waterbuck, Sharpe's grysbok and the rare blue monkey. Elephants also appear from time to time, and their numbers are expected to recover. Together with Kasanka's noted birdlife, the animals can be seen on guided walks through the grassy plains, mushitu forests, large tracts of miombo woodland, riverine fringing forest and papyrus swamps. Over 330 bird species have been recorded including such rarities as Pel's fishing owl, the Pygmy goose, Ross's loerie, osprey and the wattled crane. If you're lucky you'll catch a glimpse of the rare Shoebill stork.

There is the unique platform hide, 18m high in a giant mululu tree with a panoramic view over the Kapabi Swamp. The rare and elusive sitatunga aquatic antelope feeds in the swamps below in the early mornings or late afternoons. A startling site from the hide in November and December is the evening flight of several million fruit bats leaving their roosts in search of food, darkening the sky for a few moments. Kasanka is open all year round. Birding is especially good in the wet season from November to March - Bats can be seen November and December

How to get there
Take the Great North Road from Lusaka, turn right just after Kapiri Mposhi and left after Serenje on the road to Samfya. Turn left at the 54km mark into the park at the Malaushi gate.

Accommodation
1. Wasa Camp is located on the shores of Lake Wasa and has six twin bed bungalows.

2. Luwombwa Camp accommodates 10 guests with boats and canoes for meanderings down the exquisitely beautiful Luwombwa River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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