Located in the Kafue Flats, one of the world’s premier wetland habitats, between Lochinvar and Blue Lagoon National Parks in Zambia, the area is known for wonderful birdlife, particularly water birds, with more than 470 species identified.
If you are lucky, you could even see the Chaplins Barbet or the endangered Wattled Crane in one of the last remaining habitats where it still exists.
Support a Unique Partnership for Conservation
The goal is to be successful in making it a partnership that fuses an international international conservation organisation, private and publicly listed sugar estates, and the local Tonga people along with their Chief, working together to create a self financing Conservation Area. This will encourage the return of indigenous flora and fauna to the area for the benefit of all the partners.
By visiting you are helping us with our mission, and you’ll be richly rewarded for the experience!
Bring your children and learn with them how this fragile wetland ecosystem works and survives, and explore this wonderful wilderness on foot or by boat. You’ll return to the city refreshed and renewed! And your visit will help assure the future protection and growth of this precious resource.
Discover the Wetland.
Local communities gain a living from fishing, and the area also provides extensive grazing for livestock farmers, mostly in the west. The Main agricultural enterprises are the sugar estates to the south of the river, which date from colonial times.
In 1960 the World Wildlife Fund bought two farm estates to create the Blue Lagoon and Lochinvar National Parks in the central area of the Flats. These are now designated as Ramsar sites, wetlands of international importance. It is a seemingly wild and relatively undisturbed landscape
A Bird Paradise
Best known for the unique Kafue Lechwe, a semi-aquatic antelope, the bird life of the Kafue Flats is spectacular, with 470 species identified so far, including White and Pink backed pelicans, Goliath herons, Spur-winged geese and the largest African Population of the endangered Wattled Crane.
The Amazing Antelopes of the Kafue
The river and wetland also support hippos, crocodiles, and Sitatunga, a marsh antelope.
Bigger than the lechwe, the sitatunga spends much of its time grazing reeds and other water-plants in the swamps. It too has hooves beautifully adapted or walking on boggy ground and it can swim and even totally submerge itself when startled, leaving just its nostrils sticking out. At night-time male sitatungas will posture and “horn” the ground when they meet each other. They also bark at each other
In the dryer areas are several herds of zebra. 33 Zebra and 130 impala were translocated to the MCA from Mosi-au-Tunya National Park
The Kafue lechwe is the region’s most famous animal as it lives only in the Kafue Flats and nowhere else. Lechwe is an old Bantu name for antelope and the Kafue lechwe is one of three different races of lechwe or marsh antelope which live specifically in swamps and wetlands. The hooves of the Kafue lechwe are long and wide-spreading which enables the animal to move easily on marshy ground. Indeed the Kafue lechwe is far more at home wading through half a metre of water than stumbling across dry land – and it’s also an excellent swimmer.
Additional plans include the introduction of several antelope, hippo, black rhino, and endangered bird species; the Shoebill Stork would thrive in this habitat.
How to get there:
South from Lusaka on the Kafue Road, turn off into the road to Livingstone. In Mazabuka, the Mwana-chingwala Conservation Area office is located in the Mazabuka Municipal Building, a left turn at the intersection by Shoprite, and on the left. You will be given directions, information about the park, and appropriate maps at the Conservation office. You also can take a bus from Lusaka to Mazabuka.
What to take:
mosquito repellent, good walking shoes, camera, binoculars, water, sunscreen, any comestibles you might crave, and a blanket to spread out your picnic on.
When to go:
Because much of the park is a flood plain, the best time to visit would be during dry season months: April through October.
Malaria danger: Since this is a riverine area, the mosquito population is significant and appropriate measures must be taken.