Katanga Plateau

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The Katanga, or Shaba, Plateau is a farming and ranching region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Located in the southeastern Katanga Province, it is 1220 m (4,000 ft) above sea level and is rich in copper and uranium deposits.[1] The altitude makes it cooler than the surrounding area, with a mean annual temperature of 19-20° C[2]

It is the source of the Lufira River, which becomes the Lualaba River. The Lake Tshangalele, an artificial lake created by a dam on the Lufira, is an important ecological site on the plateau.


  1. ^ "Congo, Democratic Republic of." Encyclopedia of Africa, Volume 1. Oxford University Press, 2010 pg.313
  2. ^ R. H. Hughes, J. S. Hughes, G. M. Bernacsek. A Directory of African Wetlands. IUCN, 1992 pg. 521

Coordinates: 11°33′S 26°45′E / 11.55°S 26.75°E / -11.55; 26.75