Liuwa plains, Kasanka & Kafue Zambia 2019

Overview

This remains one of those special tours, and this year it is going to be even more special.

Have you ever heard of the second largest wildebeest Migration in the world? Have you ever heard of the bat migration in Kasanka? The largest mammal migration in the world? More than 8 million fruit bats doing their thing for just a few weeks every year. We go on Safari in search of these phenomena and much more.

We start our tour at Kasane in Botswana for our first night. Then in to Zambia and on to Lusaka Pick and Pay for our final grocery shopping. 

With more than 8 million fruit bats migrating in to Kasanka, it is a must visit and we experience the largest mammal migration in the world. We sleep in the park for two nights.

Then on to Kafue national park for a bit of rest before we head out to Liuwa national park. Here we also spend two night in the park.

We spend 3 nights in Liuwa plains park and absorb the environment. From the story of Lady Liuwa to the history of the region.

Once we are done here we head down alongside the Zambezi and drive through the spectacular Barotse plain. 

The Itinerary

Day 1. 12 November 2019

We meet in Kasane Botswana for our first night. Our campsite has the best Pizzas in Botswana….mmmm

Day 2.

We depart from camp and head to the Zambian border. With the help of my border assistants we clear the border and set off to Lusaka. It is a full day drive but the road is pretty good these days.

Day 3.

First thing in the morning is to visit a great coffee shop for a good cup of coffee. Change money, do our final shopping and then head off direction copperbelt. We continue our journey north, and just before we hit the copper belt we turn right towards the Tanzania border. Our camp is just around the corner.

Day 4.

We head up to Kasanka national park. We enter the park the day and visit the largest Bat migration on the world. We spend two nights in the park.

Day 5.

Our day starts early with the Fruit bats taking flight then we take the day to explore Kasanka national park and find the Sitatunga. In the evening again the bats return to the trees. This is spectacular and if it is not on your bucket list it should be.

Day 6.

We leave the park and head west to Kafue National park.

Day 7.

We take relaxed day off and visit the park as day visitors or just lazy around.

Day 8,9,10.

We continue our journey and head west towards the great Zambezi. Liuwa plains and the arrival of the wildebeest is what we are looking for. 

We enter Liuwa plains park and we explore the park, looking for their Hyenas in the water, like they do over here. We find the summer visiting birds and the wildebeest. 

This park is also one of the top parks to visit for the cranes in our region.

We will spend 3 nights in the park

Day 11.

We make our way south and drive the spectacular Borotse sand road, a road that other opperators have stopped using for commercial reasons. 

I believe this road is integral to the area and an experience not to be missed. 200 km of sand driving and a lovely night under the stars.

Day 12.

We depart from our overnight camp and head down to our campsite next to the Zambezi. 

Day 13.

Our final day is back to Kasane via Katima Mulilo. If you wanted to you could take the alternative road and head to Vic Falls for a night or two.

Day 14.

Our tour concludes and I head back home from Kasane.

Tour specific comments

Vehicle

A normal 4×4 with low range as you buy them from the shop floor. No special kit required. I carry the recovery equipment should you get stuck.

Drivers

No experience required. The biggest challenge will be sand, but that is easy negotiated. I personally guide the tour and will give you everything you need as we go.

Towing

You may bring your favourite bush van or bush trailer if you want to. 

Here is a video of the tour

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