Park and re­cre­ation

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SARA EVANS

TRY to book a place on both daily bat walks. The morn­ing out­ing (ex­pect a 4am start) is less busy and pro­vides the amaz­ing spec­ta­cle of bats fly­ing against the ris­ing sun. The af­ter­noon walk of­fers in­ti­mate view­ing of the bats preen­ing and so­cial­is­ing be­fore their evening flight.

No spe­cial fit­ness lev­els are re­quired. Take a torch. Pack lay­ers of cloth­ing; you’ll warm up on the morn­ing trip as the sun rises and start to feel the cold in the af­ter­noon once the sun goes down.

Wear long sleeves and trousers for pro­tec­tion against thorny veg­e­ta­tion and mos­qui­toes.

Wear sen­si­ble, water­proof footwear; the for­est floor can get muddy and slip­pery.

Ac­cess to the sites is per­mit­ted only as part of the of­fi­cial walks, which in­clude armed es­corts in case of en­coun­ters with leop­ards and croc­o­diles.

There are no credit card fa­cil­i­ties at the park; try to book and pay in ad­vance, or en­sure you have enough US dol­lars or Zam­bian kwacha to pay up­front. More:

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