Lochinvar & Blue Lagoon national parks
Park fees: US$5 per person per night, plus US$5 per vehicle per night
Further down the Kafue's course, east of Ngoma, are two small national parks that encompass opposite sides of the Kafue River's floodplain. Their geography and ecosystems are very similar, although Lochinvar's wildlife has probably fared better over the past few decades than that of Blue Lagoon – despite continuing efforts to rejuvenate both parks.
Historically, both Blue Lagoon and Lochinvar have had populations of people living and farming around their borders, and often inside the park. Most are poor cattle herders, and probably aren't averse to supplementing their diets with (technically illegal) subsistence hunting. Their ancestors probably hunted here before these areas were either taken over as farms, or declared national parks; hence it could easily be argued that these lands belong more to these people than they do to ZAWA (Zambia Wildlife Authority). Clearly any long-term solution needs to include these people – which is not an easy task.
Neither park receives many visitors, and those who do visit should arrive with their own supplies, unless they're booked into Lechwe Plains Tented Camp, in Lochinvar.