Eastern Province, Zambia

The Eastern Province (english Eastern Province ) of the Republic of Zambia is one of the nine provinces of the country.

The capital of the Eastern Province is Chipata. Within the province, is the South Luangwa National Park.

In the 69,106 km ² province of 1,306,173 million people ( 2000 census ), 85% below the poverty line. 27 % have access to drinking water, 50 % are sought.

The regions within the Eastern Province form stark contrasts. The area between Nyimba and Petauke is extremely fertile and needs little fertilizer. To the north, the soils are lean Katete up to Chipata, but a dense population by quite profitable cotton production still allow. Further north lies almost exclusively bushland as well as on the rocky slopes to the Luangwa valley. Lundazi is already an almost isolated place, which is a wide area surrounded by forest and wildlife protected areas, ranging from the Malawi border down to the Luangwa. Chama again is a very fertile district, which has been completely neglected but politically, but still close enough to the main highway Tanzam.

The province has very few natural resources. Gemstones are the only minerals that are found in the south. A more important role of the province in informal trade in Africa. The border with Mozambique is completely open and thus the duty-free access to the South African market in Katete and Chadiza. This is just in Lundazi an important economic factor, which ranges on Lake Mweru north to Chiengi.

From the province of the central government deducts enormous sum. But the districts Katete and Chadiza led U.S. $ 600,000.00 from in 2005 for cotton. The district Mambwe also obtained substantial income from the business safari in South Luangwa National Park, but they fall in with a national authority. The opportunities in this province therefore remain largely unused, infrastructure neglected and poverty is widening.


  • Chadiza
  • Chama
  • Chipata
  • Katete
  • Lundazi
  • Mambwe
  • Nyimba
  • Petauke