Halloween Brings Bevies of Bats to Zambian Skies

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Oct. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Halloween is just around the corner, and this favorite holiday wouldn't be complete without the thrill of bats! Every year from October to December, eight million straw-colored fruit bats arrive from the Congo to feed on the wild musuku fruits in Zambia's Kasanka National Park. This is Zambia's secret bat spectacle and reputedly the world's largest mammal migration. Spiraling and tumbling through the skies, the bats arrive in overwhelming numbers, screeching and colliding as they return each year to settle in the Zambian fruit trees. These bats roost in this specific area and literally cover the trunks of the trees like a thick blanket. Then at sunset they all take off and fly out to forage, and the sky again becomes thick with bats. African Travel, Inc. specializes in designing customized trips to see extraordinary sights such as the fruit bat migration and other wonders unique to Africa. Since they opened their doors in 1976, African Travel, Inc. has sent over 100,000 adventurers and safari guests on their dream Africa experience.

According to Jim Holden, President of African Travel, Inc., "The annual migration of millions of bats from the Democratic Republic of the Congo across the border to Kasanka National Park is an astonishing sight. Africa is full of such natural wonders, and most of them are not well known, as with this natural occurrence. Another phenomenon unique to Zambia is the annual wildebeest migration in the Liuwa Plains National Park."

Whether it's bats in Zambia, hot air ballooning in Namibia, wine tasting in Cape Town, snorkeling in Mozambique, or a family safari to Kenya where you can feed the giraffes, African Travel, Inc.'s safari specialists will help you create your dream vacation.

For more information and to create your dream safari, contact your favorite travel professional, call African Travel, Inc. at (800) 421-8907, or visit www.africantravelinc.com.

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About African Travel, Inc.

African Travel, Inc. creates personalized African safaris and adventures for today's travelers seeking an experience of a lifetime. Established for over 35 years, and with more than 100,000 past travelers, African Travel, inc. knows all the different ways to safari and how to match each individual client to their own unique experience.

Whether experiencing the great migration in the Serengeti, tracking mountain gorillas in Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, gliding silently along the Zambezi River viewing wildlife from a canoe, learning desert survival skills from a bushman in the Kalahari in Botswana or sipping champagne while watching the sun descend into the Atlantic from a private balcony in Cape Town, We Know Africa.

African Travel, Inc. won distinction as a "Top Safari Outfitter" in Travel + Leisure's 2012 World's Best Awards and was nominated by Travel Weekly in their Readers' Choice Awards as a "Top Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter." National Geographic includes African Travel in their list of "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth," and African Travel, Inc. is listed as a Travel + Leisure Family Club Tour Partner. African Travel, Inc. is part of The Travel Corporation, which also includes in the USA: Trafalgar, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, Insight Vacations, Red Carnation Hotel Collection, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. In Africa, African Travel, Inc. is proud to have as its sister company Thompsons Africa with its extensive network of offices throughout the region. In addition to Thompsons Africa, African Travel, Inc. works closely with a network of highly rated lodge operators in Africa including Wilderness Safaris.

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CONTACT: Arnelle Kendall Vice President of Public Relations The Travel Corporation USA 110 East Atlantic Avenue Suite 325 Delray Beach, Florida 33444 T: 561.330.0850 E: arnelle.kendall@travcorpusa.com

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