BLUE LAGOON NATIONAL PARK

Blue Lagoon is a small park of around 420 sq km based on the Kafue River.  It is well-known by birders from Lusaka for a weekend trip.  The park used to be a farm.  The farmhouse and some added chalets form the accommodation.  During its life as a farm the owners constructed a causeway for 5 km into the floodplain which is the main attraction for visitors.  One commentator said that they went to the end of the causeway to watch the sunrise and it was magical.

 
Map

The roads in the park are not clear on Google Earth – the water obliterates them during the rains.  When driving around it is best to follow previous tracks and keep the GPS handy.

The Wild Stuff

Being part of the Kafue Flats, Blue Lagoon is flat.  The whole of the Kafue Flats which includes Blue Lagoon, Lochinvar and neighbouring GMAs is a Ramsar Site – a wetland of international importance.  Much of the park is inundated by water from the Kafue River during the rainy season.  The land back from the river is termitaria and woodland with acacia species.

Animals include the Kafue lechwe, zebra, sitatunga, hippo, buffalo.  The big claim to fame are the massive pythons which have multiplied in the park.  They are known as water pythons but are African Rock Pythons and can grow up to 6 m in length and take down lechwe.  They mostly hunt at night.

Bird species number around 340 with water birds being the specialities with many flying in during the rains.  For a full bird list CLICK HERE.

Accommodation

Nakeenda Lodge is the only accommodation.  It is self-catering.  Bed linen and crockery for the kitchen are all supplied.  Visitors can also camp by the side of the lodge, using the bathroom of a chalet.

The lodge is open between May and December.

Activities

The main activity in Blue Lagoon is to go birding.  Visitors can either drive around or walk.  There is nothing dangerous in the park except, perhaps, for the pythons so keep to the clear footpaths.

Getting There

After leaving Lusaka on the Mongu road, travel for around 65 km.  There, take a dirt road south for 43 km to the park.

GPS Corner

Turning from Lusaka-Mongu road: 15° 15.73’S, 27° 44.70’E

Turning to the park: 15° 24.53’S, 27° 25.34’E

Nakeenda Lodge: 15° 27.21’S, 27° 27.44’E