Major Waterfalls of Zambia (Alphalist)

Smaller Waterfalls (Alphalist)

  1. Chipepe Falls

Like Lumangwe, is on the Kalungwishi River. Chimpepe means something overhanging or sticking out. These falls are home to tasty bream fish for the locals

 

  1. Chipoma Falls

In the Chinsali district in Northern Province, reached by turning west of the Great North rd about 24kms south of the the Chinsali turn-off at Two Leopards. The Chimanabwe River flows through an attractive series of rapids and cascades averaging about five meters each but the total drop over a distance of 500m is forty meters. The Chipoma Falls in January are at their maximum height. Their name in Bemba conveys the reverberating rush of falling water because you can hear the sound of the falls long before they are in sight

 

  1. Chishimba Falls

Fed by the Luombe River, Chishimba Falls are actually a combination of three successive falls, incorporating Mutumena Falls and Kaela Rapids as well as Chishimba itself. The spot is situated about 33 kms from the town of Kasama, in the Northern Province. The impressive main part of the falls is around 20 metres high.

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.

There is a hydroelectric diversion canal at the falls which helps provide power to Kasama and other neighbouring villages.

Mutumuna is above the Chishimba Falls and it is believed the spirit of Mutumuna resides here. The High Priest of Mutumuna is Chitemenwe who 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.

 

  1. Kabweluma Falls

Five 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 rainbow.

 

  1. Kundabwika Falls

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 luck.

 

  1. Mumbuluma Falls

Is 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 sky.

 

  1. 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. Because of the sacred nature of the Falls no sexual intercourse, arrogance and quarrelsomeness is allowed in the vicinity of the Falls.

Mumbuluma Falls, situated 33km from Mansa town in the Northern Province, cascades down in two steps on the Mumbuluma River. The higher of the two steps is 10 metres high and the falls are around 30 metres across in total. situated some distance south of the Falls, you’ll find the temple for the protective spirits of the falls, Makumba and his sister Ngosa, who, according to local legends fell from the sky. The temple has a sacred fire which never goes out and is tended by the priests.

There is a good swimming area just beneath the falls, surrounded by dense green woodland. While there are no facilities here at all, it is a beautiful place to camp. The falls are a fair way off the main tourist routes and tend to be fairly quiet in terms of visitors, even though they are a national monument, so you’re likely to have them all to yourselves

 

  1. 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. An ideal site for camping.

 

  1. Nyambwezi Falls

Found in the North-Western province, 204 kms south of the Solwezi off Mwinilunga road on the Nyambwezu River is a 20m 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.