​Overview – Lochinvar NP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Lochinvar is situated on the southern edge of the Kafue Flats. It is primarily a birding destination. Wildlife viewing is limited, but the Kafue lechwe is abundant. More than 30,000 individuals are crammed around the lagoon and fights between territorial males are a common sight.

Best Time to Go July to mid-November (Animals are easy to find)
High Season Never (The park is rarely visited)
Size 428km² / 165mi²
Altitude 978-1,053m / 3,209-3,455ft

Pros & Cons

  • Great birding destination with over 400 species recorded
  • Home to big herds of the endemic Kafue lechwe
  • Off-the-beaten-track destination
  • Unguided walking permitted
  • No accommodation or other facilities
  • Low wildlife densities and little variety
  • Tracks are overgrown and mostly unnavigable

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Wildlife

Animal densities are low in Lochinvar, but the big herds of Kafue lechwe, endemic to the Kafue Flats, is a sight to behold. Other herbivores that can be spotted on the grassy plains are buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and oribi. Animals sticking more to the woodland area include bushbuck, greater kudu and baboon.

Scenery

The main feature of the park is the Kafue Flats floodplain, originating from the Kafue River. This includes the Chunga lagoon, which fluctuates in size depending on river levels. The south of the park gives way to woodland with acacia and bushwillow trees. Big termite hills dot the area.

Weather & Climate

Located in the tropics, Lochinvar experiences uniformly hot temperatures for most of the year. This pattern is only broken in October when the temperature lifts even more to greet the start of the Wet season (November to April). A slight cooling down also occurs in the middle of the Dry season (May to October).

Best Time to Visit

From July until the end of the Dry season (May to October) is the best period for observing wildlife. This is when the drying out of their environment forces animals to gather at the remaining sources of water. By contrast, in the wetter months, the animals disperse into increasingly thick foliage and access becomes more limited.

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Lochinvar National Park is a highly rated birding destination. It protects a section of the Kafue Flats, a massive seasonal floodplain of the Kafue River. As there is nowhere to stay inside the park, we based ourselves at Moorings Campsite,...

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