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Lochinvar National Park

Lochinvar, Zambia

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The Lochinvar National Park lies south west of Lusaka in Zambia, on the south side of the Kafue River.

The national park straddles two of Zambia's ecoregions: Zambezian and Mopane woodlands in the south, and Zambezian flooded grasslands over most of the park. Habitats in the latter ecoregion include Chunga Lagoon and the Kafue Flats (floodplain), and drier grassland between floodplain and woodland dominated by termite mounds.

The park's northern boundary is marked by the Kafue River. In the south there are wooded hills. The park's total area is 428 square kilometers.

The park is very similar to Blue Lagoon National Park on the other side of the Kafue on the northern flats.

A former ranch, the park was designated in 1972 and is known for its Kafue lechwe and birdlife, with over 400 species recorded. The other antelopes found here are blue wildebeest, kudu and oribi. The antelope and birds thrive in the absence of larger predators, which have been killed off by ranchers in the area. Lochinvar is also home to hot springs, echoing rocks, remains of a Neolithic settlement and an Iron Age village on Sebanzi Hill, also known for its caves, ancient baobab and wildlife.

The old colonial-style farmhouse serves as the lodge for the park.

Lochinvar is the name of a lake in Scotland.

Coordinates: 15°40′S 27°15′E / 15.667°S 27.250°E / -15.667; 27.250

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Kafue Flats

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  • WDPA ID1098
  • NameLochinvar
  • Original NameLochinvar
  • Country / TerritoryZMB
  • Sub locationZM-07
  • IUCN CategoryIIWhat is this?
  • English DesignationNational Park
  • Designation TypeNational
  • StatusDesignated
  • Status Year1971
  • Reported Area km2410.0
  • Marinefalse
  • Governance TypeFederal or national ministry or agency
  • International CriteriaNot Applicable
  • Management AuthorityNot Reported
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported

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Surveyor General, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Lusaka (1986)


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