Bangweulu Swamp
Located in the upper Congo River basin in Zambia, the Bangweulu system covers an almost completely flat area roughly the size of Connecticu or East Anglia. Bangweulu means “where the water meets the sky”. David Livingstone, died here in 1873. This is one of the world’s greatest wetland systems which comprise Lake Bangweulu, the Bangweulu Swamps and the Bangweulu Flats or floodplain. It is an area of a watery paradise with very unique vegetation, wildlife and birdlife. The Bangweulu system is fed by about seventeen rivers of which the Chambesh (the source of the Congo River) is largest and is drained by the Luapula River. The swamps and reed islands are popularly known as the home of the rare Shoebill Stork. Among the plenty waterbird population found in the area are the spur winged goose, sacred and glossy ibis, black crowned night heron, bee-eaters, fly-catchers and the saddle-billed stork. Adding to the beauty of the Bangweulu Swamp Game Management Area is the elegant and elusive black lechwe antelope dotting the wetlands.  
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