Road trip to Lake Tanganyika

  • Duration

     20 October –26 October  2019

  • Location

    Northern Province

    Zambia

  • Available Spaces

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  • Price

    US$498.00 per individual

    6 nights/ 7 days all inclusive

    (transport, meals, activities, camping fees and equipment)

The most beautiful things in life are not ‘things’. They’re people and places and memories, and pictures. They’re feelings and moments, and smiles and laughter. Join us this summer as we go on a 7 day road trip to Lake Tanganyika. Life is about making memories, so let us help you find your own piece of paradise in the northern part of Zambia.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone..

Day 1 – Kundalila Waterfalls

Day 1

Very importantly – switch off your phone. It’s time to look out the windows and not down at a screen, feel the spirit of adventure and really see Zambia passing you by. There is so much to see and experience if we are just open to it.

As we drive farther away from town, hitting the Great North Road, the traffic will start thinning as well as the number of people. Already you can feel you are heading out into the wilderness. The villages become smaller and the houses more intricately hand-painted and you will find that everyone will greet you with a smile.  That is what truly makes Zambia so special, the people. It’s very safe to travel, even to the furthest corners.

Our first stop is Kundalila Falls, which means “cooing dove’. In an area of spectacular scenic beauty, the Kaombe River falls 70 meters, breaking into thin veils and nourishing a natural botanical garden that surrounds the Falls.

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.

From Lusaka it will take approx 7 hours to reach there. We’ll stop to fuel up at Serenje as there are no more fuel stops until Kasama

Day 2 – Chishimba Falls

It takes about 6 hours to reach Chishimba Falls from Kundalila Falls. We will arrive mid-afternoon with enough time to set up our camp and then go for a walk to the bottom of the falls for an exhilarating wash under the dams falling water.  It’s slippery so take care!

It’s a hydro- electric plant so you will see the dam walls and water wells around the site. There are little camp spots and BBQs so we’ll set up for the night, there is also an attendant to help with firewood… bon fire

Day 3 & 4 – Lake Tanganyika

Early mornings are key so we maximise on the time spent at a destination. After a few hours drive we get to Mpulungu Habour for a 45min boat cruise to Isanga Bay, leaving enough time for an afternoon dip in the cool fresh waters of Tanganyika.

We’ll spend 2 nights here.

Lake Tanganyika is the world’s longest freshwater lake, the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume and depth. The lake borders four countries – Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The lake empties into the Congo River system and from there to the Atlantic Ocean.

Quick facts about Lake Tanganyika:
  • Located within the Albertine Rift
  • It is the largest rift lake in Africa
  • It is the deepest lake in Africa
  • It is 676 km (420 mi) long in a general north-south direction and averages 50 km (31 mi) in width.
  • It covers 32,900 km2 (12,700 sq mi)
  • Shoreline of 1,828 km (1,136 mi)
  • Maximum depth of 1,470 m (4,820 ft)
  • It holds the greatest volume of fresh water in Africa, 18% of the world’s available fresh water

Activities: –

Hike to Kalambo Falls
4 hr hike round trip, including a boat ride, guide and a packed lunch.
Fishing
For the keen fishermen, Nkupi, Nile Perch and Rock Salmon and Goliath Tiger abound.
Snorkeling
Off the rocky point to the west of the beach. Isanga Bay is home to numerous species of cichlids and other tropical fish. (Bring your own gear.)
Volleyball
Kayaking
Have fun on the water for an hour or a day.
Bird watching
Early morning and late afternoon are good times to enjoy the spectacular birdlife around the Lodge and sightings of the Palm-nut vulture are not uncommon.
Sun Bathing and relaxing on the beach
Deck chairs are available. However we like a clean beach and we ask for guests to not put out their cigarette butts in the sand or throw their soft drink bottle tops in the sand.
Sunset gazing
Therapeutic for mind, body and soul, and the sunsets from our Lodge are usually quite exquisite.
Sunset Cruise (extra cost)
It is an ideal way to end an eventful day , providing an opportunity to unwind and relax in the timeless environment . The whole trip is a build up to the gracious glow of the African Sunset on this vast body of water.
Do yourself a favour and wake up early every morning. The lodge overlooks the lake and the sun rises perfectly above it, nestled in the most wondrous golden and pink skies you have ever seen.  It’s a moment you feel thrilled to be alive.

Day 5 – Kapishya Hotsprings

From Mpulungu to Kapishya Hot Springs only takes around 5 hours but we’ll leave early for a restocking stopover in Kasama.

That evening you can get a bottle of wine and go for a dip in the bath temperature hot springs. It’s soothing to the soul and joints after a long journey so far. A great refresher for the day ahead.

Since the next days’ journey is not very long (3 hours) you could also book into the Day Spa here for a massage by a locally trained masseuse. It’s located right over the water and a great way to loosen up before heading out.

Day 6 – Forest Inn

It’s only a 40 min drive on dirt road to reach the Great North Road again to start the trip homewards then another 3 hours on good tar road to reach the Forest Inn Lodge. Set in 160ha of protected Miombo forest, Forest Inn is a rich oasis for birdlife. The lush lawns and tranquil gardens provide habitat for productive birding, forest walks or a relaxed sundowner.

The camp site has fully shaded stands and lushes green grass. Each site has access to electricity and water points.

The Camp-site offers

  • A large central boma is available for dining
  • Barbecue and wash up facilities
  • Ablutions, hot showers
  • Firewood is provided
  • Power points at each campsite
  • Good birding at the birdbath

As we’ll arrive by lunchtime, it’s suggested to spend the afternoon either relaxing or exploring a walking trail.

Day 7 – Lusaka

It’s the sad day when it’s time to head home. From here it’s around 8.5 hours driving on good tar road back to Lusaka….

This trip shows the true variation of landscapes that Zambia has to offer. It feels like you have embarked on a huge adventure, with time to reflect and do some soul searching of your own and really think about what is important in life.  It’s a trip that will not be forgotten. Take the time and see the friendly Northern Zambia, you will not regret it.

Experience The Uncommon Element

Package inclusions

  • Return road transport from Lusaka
  • All meals from dinner on first day to breakfast on day of return
  • Bottled drinking water
  • 6 Nights tented accommodation
  • Camping and touring fees
  • All camping equipment (camp beds, sleeping bags, tents)
  • Kayaking and snorkeling while at Lake Tanganyika
  • Hiking to Kalambo Falls
  • Boat transfers Mpulungu Habor to Isanga Bay (45 min each way)

Experience The Uncommon Element