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Luapula Province is endowed with some of the unmatched natural wonders in Zambia. It has a number of beautiful waterfalls, beautiful wetlands hosting some of the rare animal and bird species in the world like the black Lechwe and the shoebill stock. The province has a rich culture with traditional ceremonies which are popular tourist attractions. Some of the main tourist attractions in this part of Zambia are:

  • The Samfya holiday Beach on Lake Bangweulu;
  • Lumangwe Waterfalls;
  • Kabwelume Waterfalls;
  • Ntumbacushi Falls;
  • Kundabwika falls.
  • Musonda Water Falls;
  • Mambilima Water Falls;
  • Chilongo Water Falls;
  • Mumbuluma Water Falls;
  • Kasanka National Park;
  • Lusenga Plains National Park;
  • Black Lechwe of Bangweulu Wetlands;
  • Shoebill Stork of Bangweulu Wetlands; and
  • The David Livingstone Memorial Site.
  • Kapisha Hot spring

The hub of Luapula’s tourism is also combined with a number of traditional ceremonies such as the Mutomboko Ceremony (held end of July each year) which means ‘a dance of victory’. This is the most popular of all ceremonies in Luapula Province. It commemorates days when the Lunda people of Luapula province crossed the Luapula River from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into Zambia, fighting their way through and in the process conquering weaker tribes. Other ceremonies include Ubuilile of the Bwile People in Chienge, Malaila of Chishinga people in Kawambwa, Kwanga of the Ngumbo in Samfya, Musubilwa-Mpemba of the Unga people of Bangweulu Swamps, Mabila of the Shila in Mununga andChabuka of the Aushi.

With these and many more tourist attractions, it is evident that Luapula Province has enormous potential for tourism investment.In the short to medium term, almost all of these tourist attractions need basic infrastructure such as all-weather access roads, accommodations facilities including restaurants/kiosks, bars etc. But of paramount importance is for these sites to be connected to electric power. With this done, tourist visits to these sites will increase, resulting in corresponding increase in revenue to the investor, government as well as creation of employment for the local people thereby contributing to poverty reduction.

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