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Blue Lagoon National Park
Is Among Zambia’s Best Bird Sanctuaries

Blue Lagoon National Park was established in 1976. The park is located 120kms west of Lusaka on the Kafue Flats in the central province of Zambia.

The park was initially owned by a retired British Army colonel who later sold it to the National Parks Department.

Although the park is small in Size (500 square kilometers), it is home to a large population of the Kafue Lechwe, waterbirds, sitatunga, buffalo and zebra.

The Blue Lagoon National Park together with the whole Kafue Flats ecosystem are of particular importance for birdlife and was declared a Ramsar site in 1991 by the Convention on Wetlands of International importance.

The other side of the Kafue Flats is the Lochinvar National Park. These two national parks are Zambia’s best known bird sanctuaries.

Bird Species and Animals

Blue Lagoon National Park offers spectacular views of birdlife due to its unspoilt environment. The Park has over 400 bird species which includes 60 migrants. At the Blue Lagoon National Park, you will experience new possibilities of bird viewing.

The bird species commonly found are cattle egret, black egret, open bill stork, fish eagles, whistling duck, Egyptian goose, pelican, southern pochard, red knobbed coot, common pratincole, wattled cranes and knob-billed duck.

Animals include the Kafue Lechwe, which is found in abundance and is endemic to the Kafue Flats. Zebra, Reedbuck, Wildebeest, buffalo, Sitatunga, hippos, jackals, bushbuck and hyenas are also a common sight.

Accommodation

Blue Lagoon National Park is relatively new and is still under-developed in accommodation facilities. Most visitors to the park just come for a day and don’t stay overnight.



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