Luapula province is one of the ten (10) provinces of the Republic of Zambia. It is the Seventh (7th) largest in size (area) and is situated in the North-Eastern part of Zambia. It is bordered on the South, West and North by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Northern Province on the east and Central Province on the South-East. The province has a surface area of approximately 50,566 km2 (which is about 6% of the total area of Zambia) and falls roughly between South latitude of 8˚and 12˚24΄ and the East longitude 28˚ and 30˚. Approximately 30,600 km2 of the surface area is land cover and the other (40%) portion consists of water bodies (rivers, lakes, swamps and other water bodies). The province holds one third out of the 40% stock of water resources held by the country in the entire SADC region.
Administratively, the province is sub-divided into 11 administrative districts namely: Milenge, Nchelenge, Kawambwa, Mwense, Chienge, Chembe, Lunga, Chipili, Samfya and Mwansabombwe, with Mansa district being the Provincial Head Quarter.
The province has a total population of 991,927 people of which 488,589 are males and 503,338 are females with the annual growth rate of 2.5 percent, according to the 2010 Central Statistical Office (CSO’s) National Census of Population and Housing Report.