Above Northern Kafue and the Luangwa Valley lies the northern-most part of Zambia, which is a vast, remote and rarely visited area. While game might not be abundant neither are other visitors so you will likely have this special part of rural Zambia all to yourself. The main places to visit in Northern Zambia are Mutinondo Wilderness, a handful of beautiful waterfalls as well as the Estate of Shiwa Ng’andu (translated to ‘The Africa House’), which includes the Kapishya Hot Springs; Northern Zambia also includes Bangweulu Wetlands and Kasanka National Park.
Mutinondo is an unspoiled wilderness that is privately owned and run in an environmentally sustainable and conservation-focused manner. It is characterised by a cluster of hills or inselbergs and 70km of walking trails and spectacular biodiversity, including 1634 documented plant species – 112 of which are of different wild orchid species – and bird varieties, such as the elusive chestnut-headed flufftail.
The Kalambo, Kundalila and Lumwangwe waterfalls are exquisite and absolutely worth the dirt-road adventure you have to take to get up to them. All the waterfalls are believed by local communities to be sacred and each one has a specific traditional folklore that villagers will happily share with you.
The natural, sulphur-free hot springs of Kapishya are a peaceful and restorative place found along the banks of the Mansha River within the Shiwa Ng’andu Estate. The 41-degree Celsius water and soft white sand of the springs offer a welcome rest after an adventurous day spent hiking or mountain-biking. With over 200 bird and 30 animal species at Shiwa, there are opportunities for good birding and game-viewing; other interesting activities include mushrooming and stargazing. Shiwa offers insight into the region’s history, with influences of ancient Africa and colonialism visible throughout the estate.
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