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Kalambo Falls, Mbala

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The Kalambo Falls on the Kalambo River is a 772-foot (235 m) single-drop waterfall on the border of Zambia and Rukwa Region,Tanzania at the southeast end of Lake Tanganyika. The falls are some of the tallest uninterrupted falls in Africa (after South Africa's Tugela Falls, Ethiopia's Jin Bahir Falls and others). Downstream of the falls is the Kalambo Gorge, which has a width of about 1 km and a depth of up to 300 m, running for about 5 km before opening out into the Lake Tanganyika rift valley. The Kalambo waterfall is the tallest waterfall in both Tanzania and Zambia.

The expedition which mapped the falls and the area around it was in 1928 and lead by Enid Gordon-Gallien. Initially it was assumed that the height of falls exceeded 300 m, but measurements in the 1920s gave a more modest result, above 200 m. Later measurements, in 1956, gave a result of 221 m. After this several more measurements have been made, each with slightly different results. The width of the falls is 3.6–18 m.

Kalambo Falls is also considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Africa, with occupation spanning over 250,000 years.
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  • Tall but “dirty” looking waters, the mountains around it look amazing. The new bathrooms were locked and no one to attend to us on the site. After seeing all the falls this was not the most breath... 
    Tall but “dirty” looking waters, the mountains around it look amazing. The new bathrooms were locked and no one to attend to us on the site. After seeing all the falls this was not the most breath...  more »
  • The walk is either a 2 hr steep walk, or a 4.5 hr gentle walk. It is quite hard, but worth it at the top. Take your NRC or permit as there is a discounted entry fee for Zambian residents. 
    The walk is either a 2 hr steep walk, or a 4.5 hr gentle walk. It is quite hard, but worth it at the top. Take your NRC or permit as there is a discounted entry fee for Zambian residents.  more »
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  • It's quiet and a nice place. The view is so nice
  • $10 per person to enter. You don’t need a guide. Falls can be viewed from above (very short hike) and below(although not all the way to the bottom, still under construction) (very short but 200 meters of stairs, bring lots of water)

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