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Waterfall Route Luapula and Northern Provinces

From Mbereshi turn off to kawambWaterfalls Route
 
Waterfalls to see
  1. Kundalilia Falls
  2. Mumbuluma Falls
  3. Musonda Falls
  4. Mambulima Falls
  5. Ntumba Chushi Falls
  6. Lumangwe Falls
  7. Kabwelumi Falls
  8. Chimpembwe Falls
  9. Kundabwika Falls
  10. Chilambwe Falls
  11. Chishimba Falls

The Route

  • From Lusaka take the Great North Road
  • Drive to kabwe (132km)

              ** Stop at Fig Tree which is about 5km South of Kabwe. Good food and cappachino coffee**

  • Kabwe to Kapiri Mposhi 68km
  • Turn right to Mkushi at the traffic light on the North side of Kapiri

             ** Stop at Forest Inn on the right (60km from turn off) Good for ablution stop and breakfast. Full English costs about K50**

  • Kapiri Mposhi to Mkushi 89km
  • Mkushi to Serenje 117km
  • The Kasanka turnoff is 38km after Serenje

1. KUNDALILA FALLS

  • Keep going past the Kasanke turn off for 22km. Turn right and drive for 13km on a dirt road. There is a sign post.

              ** Camping is allowed at these falls but there is no ablution block**

The route continued

  • Turn back to the Kasanka turn off and turn right toawrd kasanka National Park
  • The turn off into Kasanka National Park is 55km up the road.

              ** You can stay in Kasanka National Park. There is a lodge, plus self catering and camping options. Please find more information on the main accomodation page                   for Kasanka National Park**

  • Kasanka NP to the Luapula causeway and bridge is 68km. Then it is a further 113km to the Samfya turnoff.
  • Turn left to Mansa (68km)

            ** A good place to stay in Mansa is Namwandwe Lodge, situated about 3km before Mansa. There is a signpost but it is not very big. This is a clean and reasonable                 establishment with good  chicken and chips!**

  • Leaving Mansa it is 4.5km to a T junction. Turn left. This is a good tar road.

2. MUMBULUMBA FALLS

  • These falls are just beyong Mansa on the left hand side. The falls are about 8km down a good dirt road.                                                                                                             ** It is possible to camp at these falls. There is an ablution block with toilets and cold showers.**

3. MUSONDA FALLS

  • A further 25km along the main road will bring you to the Musonda Falls. What little is to be seen can be viewed from the road. There is a hydro electric power station here.

4. MAMBILIMA FALLS

  • Continue along the road for a further 15km to where the road takes you alongside the Luapula River, bordering the DRC. The Mambilima Falls are really a series of rapids and can be seen from the road.

The Route Continued:

  • The next town is Mwense which is about 25km from Mambilima Rapids.                                                                                                                                                        **There is a filling station here, but they don't always have fuel!**
  • Carry on to Mbereshi where there is no fuel station.                                                                                                                                                                                      **There is an old church just outside Mbereshi. This was the Mary Shaw Girls School. It is worth stopping to have a look at it**
  • From Mbereshi turn off to Kawambwa. This is a new tar road.
  • Travel for 24km until you come to the sign for Ntumba Chushi Falls.

5. NTUMBA CHUSHI FALLS

  • These falls are 1.5km from the road.                                                                                                                                                                                                              **Camping is allowed here, but there are no facilities at all.**
  • These falls are very picturesque. Walk around the back and there are more and more falls to be seen. Walk up the river and take a picnic - it is all very pretty. It is worth staying here for at least one night as there is so much to see.
  • The trip from Mansa to these falls, with some sightseeing along the way will take you about 4 hours.

The Route Continued

  • Continue on to Kawambwa. As you come to the T junction when entering Kawambwa, turn right to find a filling station.                                                                                             ** Always fill up when you can find fuel**
  •  The way to Lumangwe / Mporokoso is not well signposted. Coming into Kawambwa you need to turn left at the same T junction and travel for about 1/2 km then turn right.
  • There is now about 20km of good tar and about 40km of dirt to the Lumangwe turnoff, which is on the left. The trun off is well sigposted and is about 1/2km after you cross the bridge.

6. LUMANGWE FALLS

  • The road down to Lumangwe is terrible, so do take care (9km).                                                                                                                                                                        ***This is a Heritage Site and is well looked after. There is an ablution block and one can camp either in the camp site behind the ablution block of right at the top of the falls, space permitting. It is a good idea to base yourself here for a few nights as there are quite a few other falls to be seen in the area.***

7. KABWELUMI FALLS

  • The Kabwelumi Falls are within the same Hertiage Site so there is no further charge for visiting them.  
  • These falls are about 5km down stream from Lumangwe.                                                                                                                                                                               **There is also a camp site and an ablution block here.**

8. CHIMPEMBE FALLS

  • To get to these falls, you need to go out of the Lumangwe Falls gate and travel for about 4km back along the road. There is no sign but the turning is on the right. It would be a good idea to ask at the gate and they can tell you exactly where to turn off. There is a little walk to these falls. They are a series of rapids with some bigger falls as well.

9. KUNDABWIKA FALLS

  • To get to the Kundabwika Falls, go back down to the main road and turn left and drive for 20km to a turn off to the left.
  • Travel for 45km along a very good dirt road. The sign post for Kundabwika is on an old piece of wood and can only be seen if you are coming the other way!
  • Go down this road for 5km to a little hut where you can park.                
  • It is a short walk to some smaller falls, and then you can go right along the path to the bigger falls                                                                                                                    **Camping is permitted here but there are no facilities.** 

The smaller falls make a lovely lunch spot, and it is easy to swim here. 

The Route Continued:

  • You will need to break camp early as it is a long way to the next falls!
  • Go back down the road to the main road and again turn left towards Mporokoso. This is a very bad road and it takes about 3 hours to get to Mporokoso - a distance of only about 80km.
  • Take the turning to Kasama on a new tar road. This new road is not very long and soon you are onto a bad dirt road again. Travel for about 90km (which will take you about 3 hours).

10. CHILAMBWE FALLS

  • The turn off to the Chilambwe falls is on the right and it is well worth going in to see them. You will walk to the fallls with a guide. These falls are in a riparian rain forest. There are two falls to be seen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    **You can camp here and there are ablutions** 

The route continued:

  • Continue down the road towards Kasama for a further 40km and turn off to the left to the Chishimba falls.

11. CHISHIMBA FALLS

  • There are 3 sets of falls which you can walk to. 
  • This is a popular site for many folks from Kasama over the weekend, so if you are looking for peace and quiet, it would be better to make this a weekday stopover.                       **There is camp site here with toilets but no showers**

The Route Continued:

  • Once back on the main road, it is another 35km to Kasama.                                                                                                                                                                          **There is a Shoprite store here for you to stock up if need be**

                ** If you have had enough of camping and want a proper bed for the night, you can stay at Thorntree Lodge, but do try to book in advance as thay can be fully                         booked. Otherwise The Goverment Hotel Board over the road is also very comfortable and clean. The food is fine, but you need to order as soon as you get there otherwise you will have a long wait!

The Route Continued:

  • On leaving Kasama, take the road South to Mpika. The distance is 222km and the road is good tar.
  • From Mpika, you will head down to Serenje, a distance of 236km.
  • From Serenje you will follow the same route back to Lusaka

  SEE ADD-ONS TO THIS TRIP 

If you have enjoyed this trip, please see the Northern Route Add-on's for further ideas of where to go and what to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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