zambia - lochinvar national park
Once it was bequeathed to the
nation in 1904, land belonging to an old colonial
farmhouse under a preservation order, returned
to its wild state. Lochinvar's huge swath of unique
wetland and beautiful floodplain savannah was
subsequently deemed to be important enough to
be granted World Heritage Status.
This park of exceptional beauty
is situated on the Kafue River floodplain, easily
accessible midway between Livingstone and Lusaka.
It extends from the Kafue River in the north,
to low wooded hills in the south and includes
the Chunga Lagoon whose levels fluctuate according
to river flow. Within the park are two National
Monument sites: Sebanzi Hill iron-age village
site which has dramatic views over the surrounding
flats and thick bushland, and the sulphurous Gwisho
Hot Springs whose saline deposits attract animals
who delight in licking the salt. Lochinvar is
a tranquil hideaway far from the main safari circuits,
offering peace and beauty together with ever-changing
waterscapes. Local villagers are also part of
the eco system and support themselves by fishing
from mokoro dug-out canoes.
The waterways attract an incredible
number of birds and masses of antelopes on the
Kafue floodplains, including about 2,000 blue
wildebeest and the last stronghold of approximately
30,000 graceful, aquatic Kafue lechwe.
Recommended Camps & lodges
CURRENTLY THERE IS NO OPERATING
LODGES IN LOCHINVAR OTHER THAN AN AREA TO CAMP
WITH MINIMAL SERVICES. BUT IS IS POSSIBLE TO VISIT
THE PARK ON A DAY TRIP.