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Lochinvar National Park

Red Lechwe 

The 428km² Lochinvar National Park is situated on the southern edge of the Kafue Flats, a wide floodplain of the Kafue River, designated a World Heritage Wetland Site. There are no dangerous animals in the park, apart from buffalo and hippos, and visitors are encouraged to explore on foot. Lochinvar is renowned as a superb bird sanctuary featuring many different waterfowl, raptors, woodland species and migrants. 428 species have been recorded, including pelicans, flamingos (attracted by the hot springs in the park), rare wattled cranes, marabou storks, vultures, the African fish eagle and a multitude of waterfowl.

Lochinvar is also famous for its large herds of Kafue Lechwe, a graceful aquatic antelope unique to the Kafue flats. In addition the park contains some 2,000 Blue Wildebeest and 700 Zebra as well as Greater Kudu, Oribi, Bushbuck, Reedbuck, Waterbuck and the Side-Striped Jackal. All happily coexist with herds of cattle owned by the local Ila people.

This is a rare gem of a national park where visitors enjoy guided walks, game viewing drives in 4x4 safari vehicles, and water excursions in dug-out canoes. We recommend all visitors to the park take a cultural visit to a nearby traditional fishing village.

 


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