Wonders of Zambia
The most amazing wonders of Zambia are:
- Waterfalls. Zambia shares with Zimbabwe one of the greatest natural monuments of the world – Mosi-oa-Tunya or Victoria Falls. There are countless other impressive waterfalls in the country, such as Kalambo Falls, Lumangwe Falls and many others.
- Prehistoric rock art. In the country have been found hundreds of sites with prehistoric paintings and engravings. This art shows people and animals, but often also – geometric symbols.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 25 wonders of Zambia
Southern Province and also in Zimbabwe
World’s largest curtain of falling water, 1,708 meters wide and 108 meters high waterfall. One of the most impressive natural sights in the world.
221 – 235 m tall, single plunge waterfall. The second tallest uninterrupted fall in Africa. Important archaeological site – a site of human settlement since 300 000 BC, starting from Acheulian culture.
Ngonye Falls (N’Gonye)
The second largest waterfall in Zambia – here Zambezi River forms a 10 – 25 m high and more than 2 km wide waterfall.
Some of the largest falls in Zambia, 30 – 40 m tall and 160 m wide. Falls have formed on the Kalungwishi River. The force of falling water creates eternal mist and constant tremble of the earth.
Lake in a sinkhole. The lake is 220 by 160 m large, it is approximately 100 m deep. The water level is some 10 m below the rims of the sinkhole, water is lucid and deep blue. Numerous legends are linked to this lake, including a legend about the lake monster. There are other similar sinkholes in this region.
Some of the most beautiful falls in Zambia. Falls have formed on the Kalungwishi River. Waterfall has complex morphology where the lower step is made of numerous smaller steps. Sacred site.
Lunsemfwa Wonder Gorge
The enormous canyon of Lunsemfwa River. This 20 km long canyon is up to 500 m deep and approximately 1 km wide at the top.
Mapatizya Amethyst Mine
Here are found some of most spectacular amethysts in the world. The find is very rich and amethysts here are virtually everywhere.
Chisimba Falls (Chishimba Falls)
Several consecutive falls on Luombe River. Upper is Mutumuna Falls, 20 m high – this still serves as a site of offerings. Then follow Kayela Rapids and finally – the 30 m tall Chishimba Fall. A sacred place to the Bemba people.
A set of two consecutive falls, some 5 and 10 m tall. A temple with eternal fire and priests is located near the falls.
Magnificent, 90 m tall waterfall.
Here and in the other Kafubu Emerald mines are mined some of the best emeralds in the world, in some aspects surpassing the famous Colombian emeralds. Zambian emeralds have a rich, deep green color, crystals have very high quality.
Two closely located, impressive falls on Kalungwishi River. The largest waterfall is 25 m high, up to 70 m wide. This is a sacred place for local people. Nearby are found prehistoric cliff paintings.
Some 20 m high waterfall with a single plunge. At the waterfall, there is a rock shelter with petroglyphs and remnants of a Late Stone Age settlement.
Natural waterslide of Musamfushi River.
Group of falls on Ngona River. Main falls are twin falls, each 10 m wide and some 30 m high. For more than 2 km upstream from these falls are many more falls and waterfalls that form a beautiful landscape with relict stands of tropical rainforest.
Group of impressive rapids on Luapula River – here the river has carved numerous arches, potholes. Stream has left giant boulders, some balancing.
Kabwe Big Tree
Giant Ficus sp. tree in the center of Kabwe. Traditional meeting place of people.
Kifubwa Stream Rock Engravings
Late Stone Age shelters and engravings along the Kifubwa Gorge, created around 4500 – 4000 BC.
Mwela Rock Paintings, Lwimbo Rock Paintings and other rock painting sites
There are more than 1000 sites with Late Stone Age – early Iron Age rock paintings in the cliffs to the east from Kasama town. Petroglyphs are stylized, some seem to be related to the fertility cult, some are showing animals, hunting scenes. Interesting is a scene in Sumina Lion Cave that shows how a soul from the lion enters a man.
An enormous cave with diverse prehistoric rock paintings. There are naturalistic paintings showing animals and humans, sometimes hunting animals. Later drawings show geometric patterns – grids.
Kalemba Rock Art
This rock shelter has been used by people since 35 000 BC up to the 17th century AD. It is adorned with two groups of prehistoric paintings, showing people and animals.
Victoria Falls Bridge
Steel parabolic arch bridge near Victoria Falls. The longest span is 156.5 m, bridge was constructed in 1905.
Lealui Royal palace and village
The residence of Lealui kings. Here in 1878 – 1902 were built the buildings forming a royal quarter. Lealui is located in Zambezi floodplains with a distinct cultural landscape with multiple channels linking villages of a round form, located on low mounds. Local people continue to live according to the beliefs of their ancestors.
Shiwa Ngandu country house
An imposing English-style country house with surrounding gardens. Estate was built by eccentric English aristocrat Stewart Gordon-Browne in the 1920 – 1950s. There was constructed whole utopian village with schools, shops, post office, and other infrastructure.
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