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Bangweulu Wetlands, located in Zambia and managed by African Parks, is home to 83 species of fish and 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.

© Lorenz Fisher/ African Parks
© Lorenz Fisher/African Parks
©Lorenz Fisher/ African Parks
©Lorenz Fisher/African Parks
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© African Parks
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© Lornez Fisher/ African Parks
© Lornez Fisher/African Parks

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.

© Frans Schepers/ African Parks
© Frans Schepers/African Parks
© Lorenz Fisher/ African Parks
© Lorenz Fisher/African Parks
© Morgan Trimble/ African Parks
© Morgan Trimble/African Parks

An interesting assortment of antelope roams the flood plains of Bangweulu, from endemic black lechwe to herds of oribi and sitatungas and smaller scattered herds of buffalo, roan and sable.

© Morgan Trimble/ African Parks
© Morgan Trimble/African Parks
© Morgan Trimble/ African Parks
© Morgan Trimble/African Parks
© Ian Stevenson/ African Parks
© Ian Stevenson/African Parks

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