Experience spectacular sightings of the unique Kafue lechwe on your Zambia safari to Lochinvar National Park. The Kafue lechwe, an amphibious antelope that wades through the Chunga Lagoon, is a top sighting. The Gwisho hot springs, an archaeological site, and Sebanzi Hill, the excavation site of an Iron Age village, are of great cultural interest.
Wildlife to spot on safari in Lochinvar National Park
A trip to Lochinvar National Park offers endless opportunities for the most magical of experiences on your Zambia safari. The park lies in an area known as the Kafue Flats, a vast 4 000 square kilometre floodplain of the Kafue River, regarded as one of Africa’s most significant wetlands. Avid birders will be delighted with the abundance of species to be spotted on a holiday to Zambia. During the rainy season between December and March, the area is brimming with migrant birds from the north, including species like pelicans, lesser and greater flamingos, great snipes and marsh warblers.
Lochinvar is home to an abundance of Kafue lechwe, an amphibious antelope you can observe while on safari in Zambia as it wades and swims through the Chunga Lagoon. In the northern section of the Kafue Flats floodplain, there are literally thousands of these beautiful animals. As the floods of the wetlands recede herds move further north onto the grassy plains where they feed on grasses at the water’s edge. The exceptional beauty of Lochinvar’s grasslands is also where you will be able to see species like blue wildebeest, zebra, kudu and buffalo on your Zambia vacation. The woodlands in the southern parts of the park is home to kudu, baboon, bushpig, vervet monkey and bushbuck.
Cultural experiences on safari in Lochinvar National Park
Fulfill your cultural curiosity on your Zambia safari with a visit to the two national monument sites situated within Lochinvar National Park. The Gwisho hot springs is a rare site for its large quantity of preserved animal and plant remains and has become of significant importance to African prehistory. Radiocarbon samples, including pieces of wood, charcoal and twigs, date as far back as 2835 BCE. Most of the Gwisho hot springs are sulfurous, an attraction for the local wildlife that come to lick the salt deposits.
The site of the Iron Age village at Sebanzi Hill offers stunning views over the surrounding landscape. The village was inhabited for most of the previous century and also features a hollow baobab tree, believed to offer protection to travellers from wild animals.