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Native to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa
Region Western Zambia, Caprivi
Native speakers around 500,000  (date missing)
Language family
Recognised minority language in  Zambia
Language codes
ISO 639-2 loz
ISO 639-3 loz
Guthrie code K.20 (K.21)[1]
Linguasphere 99-AUT-ef

Lozi, also known as Silozi and Rozi, is a Bantu language of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by the Lozi people living in western province of Zambia, which is also called Barotse Land. Lozi is a language from the Bantu family.The language is also highly similar to the one spoken by the Basutolang people in Southern Africa.Country Lesotho and the language is calle sesotho. The population is estimated between 100,000 and 200,000 inhabitants. The provincial town of Western province is Mongu. Some district towns are Sesheke, Senanga, eo.


  1. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online