Wildlife & Animals – Lochinvar NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

This little park is not a prime wildlife destination. Aside from buffalo, none of the Big Five is present. Giraffe is also absent. You might spot blue wildebeest and Burchell's zebra. Several antelope species might be seen too, including the stately greater kudu and diminutive oribi, which is usually spotted in pairs.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
HippoCommon
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraOccasional
WildebeestOccasional
LionNone
HyenaVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

Lochinvar is a mating ground for the rare, endemic Kafue lechwe. These semi-aquatic antelopes are confined to the Kafue Flats and can be seen here by the thousands. The males defend tiny territories holding several females. Mating takes place between December and January.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

From July to October – the middle until the end of the Dry season – is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Animals gather around Chunga lagoon at this time. Also, the vegetation is thinner during these months, which makes spotting much easier.

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