Places in Southern Zambia
Blue Lagoon National Park
On the north side of the Kafue Flats, small Blue Lagoon was one of many national parks abandoned in the 1980s, then overlooked through the 1990s. It was owned by the Critchleys, a conservationist farming couple. For years it was then used by the Zambian military; animals were handy for target practice, then ended up in the soldiers’ canteen.
This busy market town, the capital of the Southern Province, is strung out along the highway 188km northeast of Livingstone. Most visitors zip through on their way to Lusaka or Livingstone, but Choma is a convenient stopover or staging post for trips to Lake Kariba and even to the southern section of Kafue National Park.
Lochinvar National Park
This small, 410 sq km park, northwest of Monze, consists of grassland, low wooded hills and the seasonally flooded Chunga Lagoon – all part of a huge World Heritage Wetland Site called the Kafue Flats. You may see buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras, kudus and some of the 30,000 Kafue lechwes residing in the park.
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