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nowhere else on earth, Zambia offers a fabulous
assortment of waterfalls, cascades,
rapids, cateracts and flumes on its many
waterways. A wonderland to those who appreciate
the beauty and raw powerful force of waterfalls
as they thunder over the rocks on their way to
lower ground. 12 of the larger ones are
described here. The tour operators on the right
offer package tours including several of the
best falls, and other places of interest in the
VICTORIA FALLS Click for detailed info on Victoria Falls, pictures,
activities, where to stay, what to see.
West ,near the Village of Sioma on the
Zambezi River ,lie the Ngonye Falls. Although not very
high, the volume of water thundering over the rocks is second only to the Victoria Falls.
The falls can be seen from Sioma but if you cross the river 2 km downstream
in the dugout canoe ferry there and take a path
back upstream, the full magnitude can be seen.
They are 12 m high but spread around a broad
crescent. In the winter 'dry' season they
provide a pleasant picnic spot and in full
flood, they become a broad, roaring,
surging, thundering force.
In the North-Western province, 204 kms south of the
Solwezi - Mwinilunga rd on the Nyambwezu River is a 20 m high waterfall. There is a rock
shelter close to the lip of the falls decorated with prehistoric engravings and evidence
of late Stone Age occupation. It is possible to camp here.
In the Northern Province, 33 kilometers from Mbala on
the Kalambo River which forms the border between Zambia and Tanzania. This spectacular jet
of water falls in single uninterrupted stream 221 m down into the gorge below and then on
into Lake Tanganyika. They are the second highest
falls in Africa and the twelfth highest in the world. The rare Maribou stork nests in the
gorge below the falls.
East of the Great North Rd near Kanona in
Central province, in an area of spectacular scenic beauty, the Kaombe River falls 70m,
breaking into thin veils of nourishing a natural botanical garden that
surrounds the Falls.. Visitors may swim in the deep natural pool at the foot
of the falls and there is a camping site nearby.
The top of these falls offer one of the most
spectacular views over the vast Luangwa Valley, while at the foot is a
delightful natural pool of great scenic beauty famed for its wild flowers.
The name means “cooing dove”, one of the many bird sounds you will hear in
this tranquil setting.
Near the Chipembe
pontoon in the Northern Province an astounding drop in the middle of nowhere
creates what looks like a smaller version of Victoria Falls.
35m high and 100 m across, the falls nourish a small rain
forest on the Kalungwishi River. They are quite magnificent and well worth the 9km
detour of the main road from Kawambwa to Mporokoso. An ideal spot
for camping, although there are no facilities - but then that's the beauty of the place.
You're sure to be the only ones there. The Falls are said to be the
home of the Great Snake Spirit called Lumangwe. In the olden days, this
snake was said to have stretched itself between the Lumangwe and Kabweluma
Falls, a distance of 5km.
A series of water pools and rapids culminating
in the main falls about 30m high on the Ngona River. This very picturesque waterfall
was believed to be a sanctuary of spirits while the waters of the Ngona River are
used for bathing chiefs before they are installed on the throne so as to cleanse them of
bad luck and misfortune. Situated between Kazembe and Kawambwa in the Luapula Province. An
ideal site for camping.
A combination of about three successive falls
about 33 kms from Kasama, in the Northern Province. On the Eastern bank of the river just
above the falls is a camp site. There is a rain forest on the Western Bank.
The Bemba people regard the Chishimba Falls
as one of the most sacred places of power. The nature spirit Chishimba
resides in the cave below the Falls which is a place of prayer and honour.
No insults, curses, words of vengeance or hatred may be uttered in the
vicinity of the caves.
Falls, like Lumangwe, is on the Kalungwishi River. Chimpepe means something
overhanging or sticking out. These falls are home to tasty bream fish for
is above the Chishimba Falls and it is believed the spirit of Mutumuna
resides here. The High Priest of Mutumuna is Chitemenwe and makes regular
offerings. Because of the sacred nature of the Falls no sexual intercourse,
arrogance and quarrelsomeness is allowed in the vicinity of the Falls.
January these Falls are at their height and live up to their name which in
Bemba conveys the reverberating rush of falling water that can be heard long
before the Falls are in sight.
kms down the Kalungwishi river from the Lumangwe
Falls (above) you'll find this group of three
powerful cascades, each spilling into the next. The Falls are a revered
shrine for the local people. Many frogs are seen here which locals say they
are the earthly forms of snake spirits. The Spirits do not allow the
building of houses or any frivolity nearby. Beneath the falls there is a
thickly wooded ravine and some ancient paintings
adorning nearby rock faces beneath a permanent
Falls, situated 33km from Mansa town, cascades down in two steps on the
Mumbuluma River. The temple for the protective spirits, Makumba and his
sister Ngosa, are situated some distance south of the Falls. The temple has
a sacred fire which never goes out and is tended by the priests. According
to legend, Makumba and Ngosa fell from the
On the Kalungwishi River, 95kms from
Mporokoso. Two small waterfalls, the main one being twenty five meters high and in the
flood season , seventy meters wide. A revered shrine for local people. There
is a traditional custodian appointed by the Chief who looks after the area.
Locals believe that ignoring ritual and prayer at the falls brings about bad
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