Bangweulu Wetlands, located in Zambia, is managed by African Parks and home to 83 species of fish along with a unique array of fauna and flora. Its diversity and community incentives make this place a Zambian treasure that should be on your bucket list.
What the Bangweulu Wetlands prides itself on most is its birdlife. Named by Birdlife International an Important Birding Area (IBA), the tall papyrus reeds play host to the charismatic shoebill, the endangered wattled crane and African flufftails.
The area is home to approximately 90 000 people from six different chiefdoms. The chiefs act as custodians of the wetlands as their people rely heavily on the area for sustainable fishing.
An interesting assortment of antelope roam the flood plains of Bangweulu, from endemic black lechwe to herds of orbi and sitatungas and smaller scattered herds of buffalo, roan and sable.
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