This quiet town stationed along the floodplains of the Zambezi River is the capital of Western Province and known for its expert basket and carpet weaving. Visitors can tour local craft markets, where these unique wares are made and put up for purchase, then sample some of the best mangoes and freshest tiger fish in the nation. Mongu is also home to the Nayuma Museum, which showcases handiwork and explores the traditions of the Lozi people.
Mongu is located at the end of the Great West Road, about 600 kilometers outside Lusaka. The Zambezi River floods right up to the city limits during rainy season, between January and June, so its best to avoid travel at this time. By June, the floodplain is fresh with new grass, offering scenic views of the Zambian countryside.