The Stunning Waterfalls of Northern Zambia

After about a week bumping along dusty back roads and swimming in waterfalls, we pull into Kapishya Hot Springs full of expectation. Camping is right on the stunning river, and only a two minute walk away lies a perfect hot spring. The soaking pool is plenty big enough for a genuine swim and is the perfect temperature. Of course we stay an extra night, soaking every morning, midday and night.
Until now in Africa I have only been able to find hot springs that are either tiny pools, scalding hot or too muddy. Finally, I have found perfection and can’t help remembering all the great soaking in British Columbia where my Hot Spring obsession started.

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Riverside campsite at Kapishya Hot Spring

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The soaking pool at the stunning Kapishya Hot Spring – the perfect temperature!

The Northern region of Zambia is littered with massive waterfalls, and a record rainy season has recently ended. We set out to explore, visiting multiple stunning sights over the next few days. Almost all the waterfalls have a hydro setup on site, and the entrance fee includes camping – absolutely perfect for us.

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Em checking out the view at Chishimba Waterfall

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The entire view at Kabwelume Falls

At each fall we camp within a stones throw of the raging water and are free to swim and explore to our heart’s content.

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Lumangwe Falls from the bottom – equally impressive

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All of Lumangwe Falls from above

The highlight comes at Lumangwe Waterfall – possibly the best waterfall I have ever seen in my life. We setup camp less than fifty yards from the edge, and eventually light a fire less than twenty from the edge. The photo opportunities from the bottom at the top are breathtaking, and I repeatedly get closer than makes sense.
At first swimming is cold, though the sun quickly warms the morning and soon I’m sitting in the pool soaking in the view.

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On the edge of Lumangwe Falls

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The entire falls is hard to take in

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Swimming at Own Risk – I couldn’t resist!

This place is absolutely stunning!

We’re in the extreme North West of the country, close to both Tanzania and The DRC.
It feels like an untouched slice of paradise.

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The waterfall complex entry

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These huge grasshoppers still grab my attention!


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