Expert Reviews – Blue Lagoon NP
Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.
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Bird-rich park, close to Zambia’s capital
Blue Lagoon National Park is in many ways the poor relation of its far larger neighbour Kafue, to the west, and, Lochinvar, which lies to the south, on the opposite side of the Kafue River. In my opinion, the main reason to consider coming to this flat, marshy expanse of bush rather than Kafue would be to take advantage of its proximity to Lusaka, which is only 120km away by road.
If you do make the trip, you could be rewarded with some excellent birdwatching, especially in the southern section. The park doesn’t reach as far south as the Kafue River, but it includes grasslands which flood when the river is high and harbour many water-loving bird species, along with large herds of Kafue lechwe. In the northern half, where the terrain is drier, animals are rather scarce.