is one of Zambia
's nine provinces
. It covers approximately one fifth of Zambia in land area. The provincial capital is Kasama
. The province is made up of 12 districts, namely Kasama (the provincial capital), Chilubi
, Isoka, Chinsali
, Kaputa, Luwingu, Mbala, Mporokoso, Mpika, Mpulungu, Mungwi and Nakonde. Currently, only Kasama and Mbala have attained municipal council status, while the rest are still district councils. It is widely considered to be the heartland of the Bemba, one of the largest tribes in Zambia.
Notable land marks in Northern Province include Lake Tanganyika
, Lake Bangweulu
, and the corresponding wetlands, Lake Mweru-wa-Ntipa
, and a number of waterfalls including Lumangwe Falls
, Kabwelume Falls
and Kalambo Falls
Efforts are being made by the Zambian government, along with a number of non-governmental organizations, to increase the visibility of the many natural and historical treasures in the Northern Province. Tourism has proven an effective way to bring economic growth in other parts of Zambia, i.e. Livingstone
and Victoria Falls
. However, a lack of infrastructure along the vast distances between major points of interest makes visiting this part of the country difficult.
Northern Province, with a total area of 147,286 square kilometers, is the largest of Zambia's 9 provinces. It shares borders not only with three other provinces - Central
, but also with three countries as well - the Democratic Republic of......