Lunte District was established on 17th March 2017 under Statutory Instrument No. 24 of 2017 of the Local Government Act, Volume 161 Cap 281 of the Laws of Zambia.
Lunte district is 160 kilometres from Kasama, the provincial headquarters of Northern Province and 1050 kilometres from Lusaka the capital city of Zambia. The district shares boundaries with Mpulungu in the North, Kasama to the west, Mbala to the East, Luwingu to the South and Mporokoso to the Northwest. It covers an area of approximately 8, 028 square kilometres
Lunte district lies between longitudes 29o 20’ and 31o08’ East of Universal Meridian 0o or Greenwich Meridian or Longitude Zero degree, and between latitudes 09o08’ and 10o16’ South of Latitude 0o or Equator. It lies between altitude 1300 meters and 1500 meters above sea level. The district receives an average annual rainfall of 1500mm with maximum temperatures varying between 30o C and 35oC. The rainy season extends from October to April/May the following year.
Hydrological and Water Resources
The District has several rivers and streams that are perennial in nature. Notable big rivers are Luangwa, Kalungwishi, Lukulu, Lupansa and Lufubu.
The district also has a number of waterfalls namely Chilambwe, Pule Walupansa, Pule Waluangwa, Chitende and Chisulwa waterfalls. The waterfalls have great potential in tourism.
Lunte District has a total population of 57, 839 of which 49.9% are males and 50.1% female. The annual population growth is 2.9% with the population density of 8.2 people per square kilometre.
The district has only one (1) constituency divided into twelve (12) wards.
Lunte is predominantly an agricultural district and the main crops grown are maize, beans, cassava and finger millet.
Lunte District also has great potential in ranching due to availability of vast grazing land. The district has a breeding centre (Kalungwishi Breeding Centre) which has been stocked with Boran breed of cattle. The ranch is still multiplying and in the foreseeable future will provide good quality breeds to farmers in the Province and Nationwide. The ministry has intensions of introducing goats to the centre for multiplication in efforts to meet the export demands good quality breeds to farmers in the Province and Nationwide.