Best 5: Accessible Waterfalls in Zambia

Zambia is a country filled with a variety of sights, from the mighty Victoria Falls to the multiple National Parks where you can see waterfalls and wildlife that give you a memorable experience. Along with their aesthetic beauty, these waterfalls also provide a beautiful backdrop as they cascade down cliffs or tumble over rocks into clear pools below . It is estimated that there are hundreds of waterfalls in Zambia, but only one person, Quentin Allen, is known to have documented them in fact his book was super helpful when we were looking for Kundalila Falls.

Apart from the most famous obvious one we all know, I asked him which were the most accessible locations. You may agree or disagree with this list because it is hard to narrow them down with so much choice and that is one of the many things that give Zambia it’s adventurous edge. 

Victoria Falls

The only one on the list that I have actually been to and was glad to walk on the edge of the Victoria Falls in the dry season which gave me a totally different perspective. Also has a diverse array of plants and animals that flourish in this habitat. With a width of 1,708 m, it is considered one of the largest waterfalls in the world and is located on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border.

Image from Livingstone Tourism

Kabweluma Falls

Kabweluma is a stunning waterfall on the Kalungwishi River, this impressive waterfall lies in Northern Province of Zambia. The falls are about 6 km downstream of Lumangwe Falls. After the wet season, when the volume of water has peaked, the falls present a striking semi-circle of falling water.

Image by Bwana Jimmy Productions

Lumangwe Falls

Also located on the Kalungwishi River, Lumangwe Falls is 30-40m high and 160m wide. There are several opportunities to view the falls, including from a cliff opposite the drop and from the banks of the river at the top. There are paths leading to the foot of the falls, as well as down the gorge to Kabwelume Falls 6 km downstream.

Image by Mudenda Muzyamba Macmillan

Kalambo Falls

At the southeast end of Lake Tanganyika, on the Zambia -Tanzania border, are the Kalambo Falls which are about 692 feet (210 m) high and a single-drop waterfall. These falls are some of the tallest uninterrupted falls in Africa. Kalambo Gorge is downstream of the falls, stretching for about 5 kilometers before opening into the Lake Tanganyika rift valley.

Image by Kel Greenland
Image by Kel Greenland

Ngonye Falls

The Ngonye Falls is also known as Sioma Falls since it is located near the village of Sioma. These majestic waterfalls mark the transition of the Zambezi River from Kalahari sand floodplains to basalt dykes, which eventually contribute to the Victoria Falls’ majestic gorges.

There is much to be impressed by about the horseshoe-shaped Ngonye Falls, especially due to the sheer volume of water that cascades over the staggered, twenty-meter drop.

Image by Wim Werrelman

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