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KNOW YOUR RIVERS: Kafue River

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The Kafue River is the longest river lying wholly within Zambia at about 1,576 kilometres long, its water is used for irrigation and for hydroelectric power.

It is the largest tributary of the Zambezi, and of Zambia’s principal rivers, it is the most central and the most urban.

Its course changes between slow flowing reaches to fast swift channels and mighty rapids. The streams which feed the river often have sandy banks which are perfect nesting sites for bee-eaters while the sandy shores are often occupied by hippos, crocodiles, otters and water monitors.

Both the Musa River and the Kafue River flow into Lake Itezhi- Tezhi in an area that covers 370 square kilometres of serene water. The area is great for wildlife enthusiasts, fisherman and boating- fans.

The river follows a course of approximately 960 kilometres. It is one of the most prominent rivers in Zambia as its water is used for irrigation as well as hydroelectric power. It also breathes life into its surroundings with an abundance of life found around its banks.

The river rises on the Congo/ Zambia border and then makes its way southward before turning west near the Lukanga Swamp.

From here the river continues south and then east through the Kafue Gorge and the Kafue Flats. It then joins the famous Zambezi River near Chirundu in Zimbabwe. The river runs through the extensive Kafue National Park where it is a source of life for an abundance of wild animals. The river roughly dissects the park creating a north and south separation.

-Zambia Tourism

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