Lumangwe Falls is to become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Zambia once the roads leading to the Falls have been upgraded, according to Labour Deputy Minister, Ronald Chitotela.
Chitotela was quoted in Zambian newspapers as saying international and local tourists were currently shunning the Lumangwe Falls despite their beauty due to the bad state of the Kawambwa-Mporokoso road. He reportedly said: “The road will now be tarred and once works are completed, the Lumangwe Falls will be the one of the most frequented tourist attractions, not only in Zambia but also in Africa, because we are talking about Zambia’s second largest waterfall.”
|Fast facts about Lumangwe Falls:|
|Height||30 to 40 metres|
|Location||80 km from Mporokoso on the Kawambwa Road|
|Fact||Largest waterfall wholly within Zambia|
The government is also working on improving mobile network reception in the area as tourists reportedly complained about the lack of mobile communication at Lumangwe, citing it as a reason for not visiting the waterfall.
About the Lumangwe Falls:
It lies on the Kalungwishi River in northern Zambia is the largest waterfall wholly within that country, with a height of 30-40 m and a width of 160 m. The falls is 80 km from Mporokoso on the Kawambwa road. It has a similar depth of water falling over the edge to the Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya) on the Zambezi River for which it is frequently mistaken in photographs and nourishes a small rain forest on the Kalungwishi River.
At the river’s height at the end of the rainy season in April/May, spray from the waterfall may be carried 100 m into the air and the roaring sound in the gorge below seems to shake the ground.
Lumangwe Falls are reached via a 10 km earth road which turns west from the Kawambwa–Mporokoso gravel road 2.5 km north-east of the Kalungwishi bridge at Chipempe. The falls can be viewed from the bank of the river at the top and from a cliff almost opposite the drop. Paths lead to the foot of the falls and also down the gorge to Kabwelume Falls 6 km downstream which are only slightly lower and narrower but also giving a semi-circle spectacular view of falling water.
It is an ideal spot for camping, although there are no facilities – but then that’s the beauty of the place. You are sure to be the only ones there. The Falls are said to be the home of the Great Snake Spirit called Lumangwe. In the olden days, this snake was said to have stretched itself between the Lumangwe and Kabweluma Falls, a distance of 5km.
By: 5 VictoriaFalls24
Date: 21 June 2013