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

Blue Lagoon National Park was established in 1976. The park is located 120 kilometres 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 kilometres), it is home to a large population of the Kafue Lechwe, waterbirds, sitatunga, buffalo and zebra.

The 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

The Park offers spectacular views of birdlife due to its unspoilt environment. The Park has over 400 bird species which includes 60 migrants. At the 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.

Blue Lagoon National Park Lodges And Guesthouses

The National Park is relatively new and is still under-developed in accommodation facilities. 

However, there are a few lodges such as Nakeenda Lodge, (a self-catering lodge found in the southern part of the national park) and Mitumbi Safari Lodge.



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