The Blue Lagoon National Park is only around 100 km away from Lusaka and has an area of 500sqkm. The park lies in the northern part of the Kafue plains, west of Lusaka. In contrast to the rest of Zambia, the Blue Lagoon National Park is a beautiful vast stretch of flat floodplains fringed by acacia trees, the Zambezian and Mopane woodlands, in the north. To the southern part of the park lies the Zambezian flooded grasslands. Wildlife and vegetation differ according to the season. In the dry season, the flatlands become pasture land for zebras, reedbuck, oribi, kudus, and buffaloes etc. While in the wet season when the water level rises, the place transforms into a magnificent lagoon, with migratory birds flying in from far off places. More than 400 species of birds are present in the park during this season. Herds of water-loving antelope Kafue lechwes can be seen along with the rare sitatunga in the swamps. Huge river pythons are also found as they come near the lagoon to feast on the aquatic birds.
The Blue Lagoon National Park was established in 1976 by the Critchleys, a British couple, who later sold it to the National Park Department. Their old farmhouse is now the park's reception. There are four chalets built for accommodation. Currently, the park is under the Zambian Wildlife Authority.
The best time for birding is during the wet season from November to April. The water level rises and the floodplains are full of migratory birds and Kafue lechwes. But the park is easily accessible from April to December when the water level recedes.
The Blue Lagoon National Park is a birders paradise. More than 400 species of birds, including 40 species of wetland endemics, flock during the rainy season. Other flora and fauna vary seasonally and you can spot the zebras, reedbuck, oribi, kudus, and buffaloes besides the aquatic sitatunga in the park.
The distance from Lusaka to the Blue Lagoon National Park is around 100kms and takes about one and a half hour. You can drive or hire a safari vehicle from Lusaka via new Mumbwa-Mongu road to Blue Lagoon National Park.