The great lakes and waterfalls of Zambia
We all travel for a reason. Whether it is for the experience, the thirst of adventure and to explore new places.
12 – 25 June 2022
R9 600 p/p Sharing
We here at Trans Africa proud ourselves as market leaders hence our slogan “Often Copied – Never Matched”. With this tour we will be doing just that, we will explore Northern Zambia and all the hidden gems it has to offer. This is a very exclusive tour that has never been done by anyone before and not much is known about that part of Africa. This tour will start in Livingstone but you are more than welcome to leave South Africa with us
.The area we plan to visit is littered with some of Africa’s greatest Lakes, spectacular waterfalls and rivers. Potential travelers for this epic adventure must please set aside 2 more days for unforeseen circumstances, road conditions, border posts, availability of fuel etc. The idea is to have a relaxed travel adventure and not a “rally” from camp site to camp site. If we do find a nice place and most of the group wants to stay one extra night, we will do that.
The open spaces on the untamed north of Zambia, starts from the pedicle – the piece of the DRC that juts out into the country’s midriff. From here, the national road shoots straight up north to Tanzania – passing national parks, vast wilderness areas, monuments, heritage sites and waterfalls all the way along. Attractions in the north include Lake Tanganyika, Kasanka National Park, Chishimba Falls, the Mutinondo Wilderness, and even the eerie Shiwa Ng’andu – an English colonial mansion buried deep in the Zambian bush.
Places we will visit include the following:
· Kasane/Vic Falls
· Fringilla Farm
· Forest Inn
· Dr Livingstone’s memorial
· Lake Bangweulu
· Samfya Beach
· Kabwelume Falls
· Lumangwe falls
· Mumbuluma Falls
· Ntumbachushi Falls
· Lake Mweru
· Lake Tanganyika
· Isanga Bay
· Kalambo 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 to cleanse them of bad luck and misfortune.
The Kalambo Falls on the Kalambo River is a 772ft (235m) single drop waterfall in Tanzania, extremely near the border with Zambia at the southeast end of Lake Tanganyika. The falls are some
of the tallest uninterrupted falls in Africa (after South Africa’s Tugela Falls, Ethiopia’s Jin Bahir Falls and some more waterfalls). Downstream of the falls the Kalambo Gorge which has a width of about 1 km and a depth of up to 300 m runs for about 5 km before opening out into the Lake Tanganyika rift valley.
Near the Chipembe Pontoon in the Northern Province, an astounding drop in the middle of nowhere creates what looks like a smaller version of Victoria Falls. 35m high and 100m across, the falls nourish a small rain forest on the Kalungwishi River. They are quite magnificent and well worth the 9km detour off the main road. Lumangwe Falls is like a miniature Victoria Falls except this one is no slouch. It appeared to be roughly 20-30m tall and spanning a width of over 50m. But it had that wide rectangular shape that made this one of the more memorable waterfalls we saw in the remote Northern Zambia.
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.’
The Lake is exploited more as a fish source than for its tourist potential. This is unfortunate, as its beauty is breath-taking.
Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake. It is the second-oldest freshwater lake in the world, the second largest by volume, and the second deepest, in all cases after Lake Baikal in Siberia. It is the world’s longest freshwater lake. The lake is shared between four countries – Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi and Zambia, with Tanzania (46%) and DRC (40%) possessing most of the lake. It drains into the Congo River system and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean.
What do you need:
- A good reliable, serviced 4-wheel drive vehicle.
- Fuel range of app. 850km’s including extra fuel containers like long range tanks and jerry cans.
- Vehicle registration papers or letter of consent from the financing institution.
- Children must have a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate and letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.
- Guests from non-SADC countries will need a Visa.
- A passport that is valid for 3 months after our return to SA, valid driver’s license and ID.
- Camping equipment and cooking/braai accessories.
- Malaria Prophylaxis taken as prescribed by your GP.
- Last but not least – A good sense of humour and a positive outlook.
· Camping fees
· Guide fees
· Experienced guide with advanced emergency medical background and medical kit
· 2-way radios
· 1 sim card for Zambia per vehicle excluding airtime
· 2-way Satellite Communications in case of emergency
· Tag along back to SA with guide at your own cost
· 4×4 vehicle hire
· Border fees, taxes and insurance
· Daily activities
· Transfer fees
· Conservation and park entry fees
· Medical evacuation and travel insurance
· Anything else not mentioned above