Zambia Waterfalls and Lake Tanganyika

Experience the most spectacular waterfalls Zambia has to offer; Chishimba, Lumangwe, Kabweluma and Chimpembe in the remote North Eastern Luapula province with its pristine natural beauty, as well as a 3 nights stay at Lake Tanganyika. Also included is a visit to the ever popular Kapishya hot springs and the “Africa House” – Shiwa N’gandu.

The safari starts at Elephant Sands Lodge in Botswana, cross into Zambia at Kazungula Ferry and travel north via Lusaka, Kasanka NP, Lake Bangweulu swamps and Mansa towards Ndole Bay lodge on the edge of Lake Tanganyika. From there, we travel south, past Kapishya hot springs and Lusaka to Livingstone where the safari ends.

Day 0                     2 April 2018

All guests will travel in their own time to SebeSebe Lodge, situated on the banks of the Limpopo river, just 7 km short of the Stockpoort border post and about 60km from Lephalale (Ellisras) where we will all enjoy a welcoming dinner (included in the price). Cash bar on deck available for your own account.

Martin Slabbert, owner of Explore Africa will do the introduction and briefing. Chalet accommodation as well as dinner are included in the price of the safari.

 

Day 1                     3 April 2018                        +- 540 km

Today we will have an early start as we have to cross the border into Botswana, as well as covering a noticeable distance to Elephants Sands, about 50 km north of Nata. The Campsite’s unique position ensures spectacular viewing of numerous elephant gathering around the waterhole, a spectacular sight and unforgettable experience.  

Elephants Sands offers unallocated campsites with ablution block and hot water. Upgrades to safari tents can be pre-arranged for your own account. There is no electricity connections available in the campsite.

 

Day 2                     4 April 2018                        +- 320 km

Another long day awaits as we cross yet another border into Zambia via the Kazungula ferry. We have to allow around 4 hours to complete the crossing and formalities at the border. We will overnight at the Bushfront campsite in Livingstone, 70 km from the border. Electricity connections are available for the fridges and other equipment.   

 

Day 3                     5 April 2018                        +- 530 km

We leave today for Frangilla campsite, around 60 km north of Lusaka. Travel time is around 9 hrs for the day, taking into account that we have to battle through the CBD of Lusaka. If time does not allow us to get through Lusaka In good time, we will consider camping at Eureka Farms on the southern side of town. Up and running early is the program for the day.

 

Day 4                     6 April 2018                        +- 260 km

Today we travel a relative short distance to overnight at The Forest Inn close to the town of Mkushi. We will stock up on supplies at Shoprite in Kapiri Mposhi on route. Restaurant and bar facilities are available, electricity points with adequate ablution facilities. You can also opt for a chalet upgrade at own cost.

 

Day 5                     7 April 2018                        +- 210 km

We travel another short distance to Kasanka National Park. Kasanka is situated on the South-western edge of the Bangweulu swamps and is one of Zambia’s smallest parks, covering just about 420 sq. km and are world renown for the annual migration of the flying foxes and straw coloured fruit bats that frequent in there million from October to December each year. We will camp for 2 nights next to a waterhole where the scarce Sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii) visits on a regular basis. No electricity, two showers and two flushing toilets are available in the campsite.

 

Day 6                     8 April 2018                        +- 0 km

We spend a relaxing in Kasanka. Game drives and a visit to one of the largest trees in Zambia is on the agenda for those that are interested.

 

Day 7                     9 April 2018                        +- 485 km

We leave early and move across the Bangweulu swamps, via Samfya and Mansa. We will allow an hour to top up on food, water and fuel in Mansa before we depart further north to our first waterfall of the route. Ntumba Chushi Falls are situated on the Ngona River in the Luapula Province. The main falls occurs when the river split into two channels, each about 10m wide and some 30m high. Ntumba Chushi is also known for a series of smaller falls, pools and rapids some 2 km upstream from the main falls. We will overnight in the picnic area. Facilities are limited. There is a flushing toilet, but washing can be done in the river downstream if your vehicle is not equipped with a shower and hot water.

 

Day 8                     10 April 2018                      +- 100 km

Leaving mid-morning to our next destination, the Lumangwe- and Kabweluma falls. Situated on the same world heritage site, we will overnight at the campsite on the edge of the Lumangwe Falls. We will also visit the nearby Kabweluma falls, around 6 km downstream. Lumangwe falls is the largest waterfall wholly within Zambia with a height between 30 – 40 m and around 160 m wide. It has a fall of water over the edge similar to the Victoria Falls for which it is frequently mistaken in photographs. There are ablution facilities and flushing toilets available, but for the more adventurous members, swimming / bathing in the river is also a good option.

 

Day 9                     11 April 2018                      +- 220 km (8 hrs)

Today we are in for an adventure as far as the road conditions are concerned. We leave in the morning and travel to Lake Tanganyika where we will stay for 3 days in the lovely shaded campsite of Ndole Bay Lodge, right on the beach of the lake. Lake Tanganyika is the largest rift lake in Africa, lying in the Western rift of the Great Rift Valley. 650 km long and on average 50 km wide, Lake Tanganyika has the second highest volume of fresh water in the world (after Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia,) is the longest freshwater lake in the world and at 1400 m deep, the second deepest in the world. Snorkelling, fishing, sunset cruises and kayak trip can be arranged if you want to enjoy the lake to its fullest. There are also thatched on-suite rooms and chalets if you want to upgrade for the duration of our stay.

                                

Day 10, 11                            12, 13 April 2018

Ndole Bay campsite.

 

Day 12                                   14 April 2018                      +- 320 km (7hrs)

We drive back on the same road via Mporokosa to our last waterfall, Chisimba Falls. We enjoy the beauty the falls has to offer. 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 km from the town of Kasama, in the Northern Province. The impressive main part of the falls is around 20 metres high.

                                             

On the Eastern bank of the river just above the falls is a camp site. There are flushing toilets available but drinking water, shower- and cooking facilities needs to be provided for by yourself. One can bath in the river directly beneath the weir. 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.

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

 

Day 13                   15 April 2018                      +- 200 km

We pack up and leave via Kasama to Kapishya Hot Spring for the next two nights. We fuel up in Kasama and top up on supplies at Shoprite. Kapishya is situated on the banks of the Mansha River. A hot spring gives hours of relaxation to the traveller. This is also an excellent bird watching venue with Mark Harvey that offers bird walks to those that are interested. You can also visit Shiwa N’gandu, the colonial home of the late Sir Stewart Gore-Brown, or do a game drive at the lake.

 

Day 14                   16 April 2018

Kapishya Spring. A visit to Africa House or a game drive around Lake Shiwa Ngandu is optional on prior arrangement with reception.

 

Day 15                   17 April 2018                      +- 360 km

We leave in the morning for Mkushi and overnight again at Forest Inn.

 

Day 16                   18 April 2018                      +- 300 km

Drive back to camp at Eureka Campsite just south of Lusaka.

 

Day 17                   19 April 2018                      +- 480 km

Fill up with fuel before we depart for Livingstone to camp for two nights at the Bushfront camping site. Livingstone is the adrenaline capital of Zambia, with helicopter- and microlight flights over the Victoria Falls as well as white water rafting or bungee jumping for the more adventurous members of the group. This is also where the safari ends. You are welcome to stay another day in Livingstone, or can join me on my way back home, via Botswana. We will enjoy a dinner (included in te price) at a local restaurant to end of this wonderful experience.

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COST

The cost of this safari is as follows:

Adults                         R 16 900 p/p

The cost is subject to change if any of the service providers increase their prices.  The cost will include and exclude the following: 

Included:

Guide fee

Park, entrance, camping and vehicle fees.

All camping fees

Dinners as specified

Excluded:

Border crossing costs

Camping Equipment

Fuel

Food and Beverage

Wood

All additional optional expense and activities.