Bat Watching Tours


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Borneo Wildlife Holiday September 12, 2024
£549 – £4652

Madagascar Wildlife Exploration Tour November 5, 2024
£776 – £4135

All our bat watching holidays, wildlife tours and safaris all over the world are listed below:

One of the most overlooked and wrongly disliked group of animals in the world are the bats. With around 1,500 species globally, found on all continents except Antarctica and diversity of sizes, colours, behaviours and habitats to rival any animals; bats are truly an underappreciated group of animals. Royle Safaris does its best to showcase bats wherever possible, they are integral to all of the ecosystems they live in and so vital to many other species that we always highlight bats and even when not specifically looking for them we mention them and try and dispel the myths attached to them.

There is a good reason why bats do not often appear on the list of expected animals for safari holidays and it is not that many people do not like bats. They are simply hard to find and observe animals, they are nocturnal, often quite small and tend to spend the daytime in dark and inaccessible locations such as caves, tree hollows and abandoned buildings. Even when they are active at night they are often very fast and difficult to pick up with torches and even harder to see well.

However there are many bat roosts which  are accessible easily during the day and with patience, bat detectors and thermal imaging scopes it is very possible to find, watch, observe and even identify bats when out on safari.

Over the years Royle Safaris local guides have identified many bat roosts around the world and we are always looking for new ones, often you will find out guides looking in old buildings, in hollow fallen logs and in caves and crevices. You are probably much closer to many bats than you realise and we hope that by showcasing bats whenever and wherever possible we can raise the profile of bats and their integral part in the world’s ecosystems.

Most of these Bat Watching Trips do not include capturing bats, this is only possible on certain specially arranged Batting Holidays where professional and trained experts with the appropriate licenses are able to set up nets to catch bats and then handle them.

For more information on the very specialist Bat Tours we can organise you should contact us direct.

All these tours are available on other dates (subject to availability) than the dates listed. Please contact us to arrange a tour on a date which suits you.

Bat Watching Holidays

Feb 24

Endemic Mammals of the Dominican Republic Tour

February 24, 2024 - February 28, 2024
Apr 01

Vietnam’s Rare Primate Tour

April 1, 2024 - April 15, 2024
Jul 17

Gabon Wildlife Adventure Tour

July 17, 2024 - July 26, 2024
Aug 18

Sri Lanka’s Rare & Endemic Mammal Tour

August 18, 2024 - September 1, 2024
Aug 24

Borneo’s Rare Mammals Tour

August 24, 2024 - September 7, 2024
Sep 09

Sumatra & Komodo Wildlife Adventure Tour

September 9, 2024 - September 24, 2024
Sep 12

Borneo Wildlife Holiday

September 12, 2024 - September 27, 2024
Sep 20

Masai Mara & Tsavo Safari Holiday

September 20, 2024 - October 5, 2024
Oct 14

Kenyan Safari; Mara to the Coast

October 14, 2024 - October 31, 2024
Oct 20

Tsavo Safari Holiday

October 20, 2024 - October 30, 2024
Nov 05

Madagascar Wildlife Exploration Tour

November 5, 2024 - November 25, 2024

Top Animals

  • Greater Bulldog Bat
  • Commerson’s Roundleaf Bat
  • Large Flying fox
  • Common Vampire Bat
  • Pale Spear-nosed Bat
  • Straw-coloured Fruit Bat
  • Intermediate Long-fingered Bat
  • Spectacled Flying Fox
  • Lesser Bulldog Bat
  • Trefoil Horseshoe Bat
  • Asian Wrinkle-lipped Free-tailed Bat
  • Lesser Dog-like Bat
  • Common Sheath-tailed Bat
  • Geoffrey’s Rousette
  • Lyle’s Flying Fox
  • Hammer-headed Bat
  • Franquet’s Singing Fruit Bat
  • Proboscis Bat
  • Silky Short-tailed Bat
  • Heart-nosed Bat
  • African Yellow-winged Bat
  • Greater Asiatic Yellow House Bat
  • Savi’s Pipistrelle
  • Greater False Vampire Bat
  • Diadem Roundleaf Bat

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