Ngonya (Sioma) Waterfalls

Ngonya (Sioma) Waterfalls Ngonya (Sioma) Waterfalls

Ngonya (Sioma) Waterfalls

The famous and beautiful Ngonya (Sioma) Waterfalls of central Barotseland, Zambia which are situated within 60kms of Kabula, are rarely visited simply because of their remoteness. Fortunately their remoteness has resulted in them being totally free of the tourist trappings of their better known counterpart further downstream. David Livingstone was the first European to see these falls when he traveled northwards from Botswana and he marveled at their beauty. It was only later, after being informed by locals of a larger waterfall further south, that he ventured south along the east bank of the Zambezi. It was here that he, again as the first European to do so, saw the mighty Mosi-oa-Tunya or Victoria Falls.

These beautiful horseshoe shaped falls are mostly impressive because of the sheer volume of water that cascades over the staggered twenty metre drop.

The falls also mark the transition point of the Zambezi Rivers' flow from the Kalahari sand floodplain to the north, into the basalt dykes to the south. Another interesting aspect is that the river flows underneath the rock on either side of the falls. It is quite an experience to stand on the rock and feel and hear the massive underground flows.

Directly below the falls are a series of rapids that make for an exciting days white-water rafting and canoeing. Canoeing from the falls down to Kabula, is also an exciting and rewarding experience.For the fit this can be done in one day and for those who would prefer to travel at a more leisurely pace and enjoying the breathtaking riverside scenery, an overnight camping stop is highly recommended.

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