Chilambwe, Lumangwe & Kabwelume Falls

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Zambia  , Luapula,
Sunday, September 2, 2012

Chasing Waterfalls - Chilambwe (1st)

We only had a couple of days left in Zambia and so we had to leave the next morning in order to get to all the places we planned to before the 6st of Sept. Today was Sunday, Chilambwe, a recently declaired World Heritage Site, would be the second fall to visit.

The roads in Zambia are slow (due to the condition) and therefore we left as early as possible.  We arrived at Chilambwe at about 10h30. A well educated chap showed us around and missed church in the process. He was very proud and excited to give us the history, and to show off these beautiful falls – (three in all during the rainy season) The water is pristine and utterly inviting. We unfortunately did not think to bring our bathers and also did not have the time to linger. A great pity as the spot at the top of the falls was textbook perfect for a romantic sunday picnic.

We said our goodbyes – and as it goes in Zambia – he too become a "friend" in a short space of time.

We continued with the slow drive towards the next two waterfalls. Lumangwe was next.

Lumangwe was yet another well developed site with staff to man both the gate and the campsite. We could hardly believe our eyes when we saw Lumangwe. I could easily compare it to Vic Falls as it was as impressive and the mere fact that we could walk right up to the brim and camp right next to the fall, made it so much more memorable.

Carlos parked the trailer as close as possible to the falls. If there was a competion for the best campsite - this one would walk a way with just about every prize in the book! The sun was just setting and the beautiful colours of liquid gold was right in front of us as it slowly dropped over the edge. We did not even have time to go down to the deck at the bottom of the falls - we would do that first thing in the morning.

The same can be said for the falls in the morning! Simply breathtaking! I managed to take some shots of the falls in the early morning light and then went down to the pool at the bottom of the falls. A deep dark pool with white water gushing into it, creating the most magnificent spray in which the sun beams danced in bright colours.

I could not believe that we had to leave Lumangwe - but with a deadline we had no choice. Besides there was another fall in the same area that we had to see before moving on.

Kawelume Falls was an altogether different sight. Where Lumangwe was a massive big fall, Kawelume was 2 different falls, one cascading and one more solid. Both, fantastic in their own way. We looked at each other in disbelief and could not believe our luck. How incredible it has been to find these falls. They have been more spectacular than we ever imagined. We could not wait to see the next one - Ntumbacushi.

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