Type: National Park
Governing Body: Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA)
Year Established: 1972
Area: 428 km2
Coordinates: 15°51′S 27°13′E
Country: Zambia
Province: Southern
Nearest Districts: Monze
Activities: Safari Tour, Guided Tour

General Information

The Lochinvar national park is a small park that was formerly a ranch. It sits on the southern border of the kafue river flats.
The name lochinvar comes from the Scottish word, "Loch" which means lake.

Lochinvar is famous for its birds and kafue lechwe and is also home to hot springs, echoing rocks, remains of a Neolithic settlement and an Iron Age village on Sebanzi Hill, also known for its caves, ancient baobab and wildlife.

Infrastructure & Accesibility

The park was a former ranch and the old colonial-style farmhouse serves as the lodge for the park. It also has several other campsites, lodges and airstrips.

Accommodation

Accommodation Types: Camping, Guest House(s)

Climate, Flora & Habitat

The habitats the national park protects are a large portion of the southern Kafue Flats floodplain, including the Chunga Lagoon, and drier woodland dominated by termite mounds. The southern area of the park, which is a stretch of woodland dominated by Acacia albida and Combretum trees, is spared from the flooding that occurs in other parts of the park.

Wildlife

The Lochinvar national park is famous for its lechwe has it hosts over 30,000 kafue lechwe. The other antelopes found here are blue wildebeest, kudu and oribi. The antelope thrive in the absence of larger predators, which have been killed off by ranchers in the area.
This drier area is home to species like the bushbuck, kudu, baboon, bushpig and vervet monkeys.

Birds

The Lochinvar national park is well known for its birds as over 400 different types of birds can be found here. The birds thrive in the absence of larger predators, which have been killed off by ranchers in the area.
The marshes host a large number of waterfowl, including migratory species.
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