Lochinvar National Park


If you like gliding on water in a mokoro (dug-out canoe) or going on guided walks, sport fishing, night drives, watching animals licking the salts of the sulphurous Gwisho Hot Springs, visiting nearby fishing villages and iron-age archaeological sites and superb birding opportunities then Lochinvar is the place for you.

This exceptionally beautiful park is situated on the Kafue River floodplain.

As local villagers are also part of the eco system and support themselves by fishing from mokoro dug-out canoes offering peace and beauty together with ever-changing waterscapes this park takes on special importance if one delights in the subtle plays of the many conflicts between man and animal.

The flood plains attract incredible numbers of birds and antelopes, including about 2,000 blue wildebeest and the last stronghold of approximately 30,000 graceful, aquatic Kafue lechwe. Of the big five only the hippo, buffalo and the leopard are found here but with 400 species of birds there is always plenty to see.

December to March is hot, humid and rainy and forms the hot rainy season and as the roads become flooded the regions comes to a literal stand still. Midday temperatures of 82°F (28°C) are recorded. May to September is the cool and dry winter months with pleasant term temperature around 75°F (24°C). Night temperatures go down to 46°F (8°C). October and November are hot and dry but lacks humidity.

The best time to visit is during the dry months from June to November.

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