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Kasanka National Park is approximately 420 km² and is situated on the southern side of the Bangweulu wetlands. Kasanka is well known as a place to see large mammals, particularly the elusive Sitatunga, but it is also excellent for birding, containing as it does a large number of different habitats, from dry miombo woodland through mushitu forests to papyrus swamp.



Kasanka National Park is situated to the west of the Serenje-Samfya road. Miombo dominates the area, but amongst the broad range of other habitats are an unusually high number of lakes (pans), some papyrus swamp, dambo, mushitu, riparian forest and a few patches of dry evergreen forest.

The extensive areas of Miombo are particularly rich, and a wide range of specialists occur, such as; Black-collared and Green-capped Eremomelas, Racket-tailed Roller, Rufous-bellied and Miombo Grey Tits, Grey Penduline Tit, Bushveld Pipit, Spotted Creeper, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Böhm's Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Red-capped Crombec, Cabanis's Bunting, Black-eared Seedeater, Miombo Pied Barbet, Central Bearded Scrub Robin, Miombo Rock Thrush, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Red-and-Blue Sunbird, Anchieta's and Whyte's Barbets.

The riparian woodland along the rivers contain Pel's Fishing Owl, Ross's Turaco and Böhm's Bee-eater, and the rivers themselves host African Finfoot and Half-collared Kingfisher.

The extensive areas of wetland contain a wide variety of waterbirds, the most important being the occasional Shoebill, Wattled Crane and Slaty Egret. Adjacent dambos are inhabited by Marsh Tchagra, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Fulleborn's Longclaw and Fawn-breasted Waxbill.

The mushitus are also well developed, and contain most of the species peculiar to this habitat, particularly; Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Grey Apalis, Black-backed Barbet, Grey Waxbill, Bocage's Robin, West African Thrush, Dark-backed Weaver, Red-throated Twinspot, Red-backed Mannikin, Green-headed Sunbird, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, Little and Cabanis's Greenbul.



A range of accommodation is available, with two lodges and one campsite provided. Turn north 40km past Serenje on the Great North Road. The entrance to the park is marked by a gate, after about 40km of good tar road.

Kansanka Trust Website

Paul Bourdin & Peter Leonard

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