Chasing Waterfalls – 14 Days

  • Duration

    14 Days

  • Location

    Northern Province

    Zambia

  • Available Spaces

    Contact Reservations

  • Price

    $1,275 per person sharing

Zambia one of the least known African countries and still remains a bit of a mystery to most travellers, only really recognized for having Victoria Falls on its border with Zimbabwe.   It’s such a pity as those who do know it know it’s one of the safest countries in Africa and it was recently voted to have the friendliest people on the continent.

How many people can say they have really explored the north of Zambia? It’s exciting, authentic, off the beaten track and perfect for those looking for safe driving safari destination with a difference.

It’s a place of rich culture, kind people, majestic little known waterfalls, wondrous parks where you will probably be the only travellers and the rare pleasure of viewing the expanse of the longest lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika in the Rift Valley.

Does this not excite you to go out there and see what Northern Zambia has to offer?  Pack up your bags and come along on an inspirational journey with us.

Highlights

  1. Kundalila Falls
  2. Kapishya Hotsprings
  3. Mwela Rocks
  4. Lake Tanganyika
  5. Kalambo Falls
  6. Chishimba Falls
  7. Chimpempe Falls
  8. Lumangwe Falls
  9. Kabwelume Falls
  10. Ntumbachushi Falls
  11. Mumbuluma Falls
  12. Mutumuna Falls
  13. Kaela Rapids
  14. Samfya Beach – Lake Bangweulu
  15. Kasanka National Park

Kundalila Falls

East of the Great North Road near Kanona in Central Province, 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. The name means “cooing dove”, one of the many bird sounds you will hear in this tranquil setting.

Kapishya Hotsprings

Kapishya is an SERENE OASIS for travellers, with quiet and restorative hot springs leaving one feeling RESTED AND ENRICHED by the natural beauty of the area. Situated on the Estate of Shiwa Ng’andu (The Africa House) and along the banks of the Mansha River, these springs offer a welcomed rest on an adventurous journey.

More than just relaxing, soaking in a hot spring can have the following health benefits too.

  1. Boost Blood Circulation
  2. Reduce Stress and Promote Sleep
  3. Relieve Pain
  4. Heal Skin Problems

Mwela Rocks

A historic place off the beaten tracks. It has several caves with amazingly well preserved rock paintings left by hunter-gatherers of centuries past. One can walk through the caves and view these paintings. The local guide from National Parks authority of Zambia will give a guided tour and provide an insight into how life was for the cave dwellers.

The scenery from the top of the hills is spectacular especially in the rainy season when everything is green.

Lake Tanganyika

It is the longest fresh water lake in the world and the second deepest after lake Baikal in Russia. The immense depth is because it lies in the Great Rift Valley, which also has created its steep shoreline. It reaches a depth of 1433 metres (4 700 feet), which is an astounding 642m below sea level.

Activities:- Swimming, Fishing, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Hiking, Cultural Tour

Kalambo Falls

This spectacular jet of water falls in a single uninterrupted stream 221 meters 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.

Mutumuna Falls

Mutumuna 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.

Kaela Rapids

Found between Mutumuna and Chishimba falls

Chishimba Falls

Fed by the Luombe River, and the last of three successive falls. The impressive falls is around 20 metres high. There is a rainforest on the Western Bank. There are various trails and viewing points around the falls.
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 cave. You can walk behind the falls into this cave.

Chimpempe Falls

Chipempe Falls, is on the Kalungwishi River same as the Lumangwe and Kabwelume Falls. Chimpepe means something overhanging or sticking out. These falls are home to tasty bream fish for the locals.

Kabwelume Falls

Five kms down the Kalungwishi river from the Lumangwe Falls (above) we’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.

Beneath the falls there is a thickly wooded ravine and some ancient paintings adorning nearby rock faces beneath a permanent rainbow.

Lumangwe Falls

At 35m high and 100m across, this smaller version of Victoria falls nourishes a small rain forest on the Kalungwishi River. They are quite magnificent and spectacular.

NtumbaChushi Falls

A  series of water pools and rapids culminating in the main falls about 30m high on the Ng’ona River. This very picturesque waterfall was believed to be a sanctuary of spirits while the waters of the Ng’ona 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.

Mumbuluma Falls

Mumbuluma Falls, 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 sky.

Samfya Beach – Lake Bangweulu

When one looks out over Lake Bangweulu, the grey blue waters disappear into the horizon, blending in completely with the colour of the sky. It is difficult to tell just where the horizon is. ‘Bangweulu’ means ‘The Place Where the Water Meets the Sky.’
Samfya is the largest town on the Lake, developed in the mid 1900s as a fishing village

Kasanka National Park

This peaceful sanctuary, situated on the south western edge of the Lake Bangweulu basin, is one of Zambia’s smallest national parks. It’s 450 km2 however,  so well endowed with rivers, lakes, wetlands, forests, lagoons, meadows and dambos that it supports a uniquely wide range of animals and abundant birds and fish.

Do not expect to see large herds of animals round every corner, but it is surely one of the most picturesque parks in Zambia with superb birdlife.

Package inclusions

  • Return road transport from Lusaka
  • All meals from dinner on first day to breakfast on day of return
  • Bottled drinking water
  • 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)

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