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Kundalila Falls, Serenje

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Kundalila Falls is a waterfall on the Kaombe River in Zambia. It falls over the lip of the Muchinga escarpment and makes a waterfall near the small town of Kanona in the Serenje District. It is set in the wilderness on the edge of the Muchinga escarpment. It is the only waterfall of such grandeur that is set so high on the escarpment. The name 'Kundalila Falls' means "crying dove" in the local Bemba language.

From top of the falls there are views over the Luangwa Valley which is part of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. In multiple stages the Kaombe River drops approximately 80m from the escarpment. At the foot of the fall is a natural deep pool surrounded by wild flowers. Visitors are allowed to swim and are encouraged to camp and picnic at the site.
Kundalila Falls is one of the official Zambian Natural Monuments.
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  • I have been coming to Kundalila falls for over 50 years. The falls are wonderful and well worth a visit with stunning views across the Luangwa valley. There are two problems: firstly, the approach... 
    I have been coming to Kundalila falls for over 50 years. The falls are wonderful and well worth a visit with stunning views across the Luangwa valley. There are two problems: firstly, the approach...  more »
  • There is a board on the left of road from Sereje to Mpika(T2) to direct you to the side road towards the falls.The falls are almost 20 km inside, on a good dirt road.There is a permanent camp... 
    There is a board on the left of road from Sereje to Mpika(T2) to direct you to the side road towards the falls.The falls are almost 20 km inside, on a good dirt road.There is a permanent camp...  more »
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  • Breath taking waterfall. This was our second visit and it was fantastic. The water levels were high this time around and so the waterfall was mighty! The spray!! OMG. The rapids on the river before were a force to reckon with. The walk to the bottom is step but totally worth it. Prepare yourself for the climb back up. The distance is about 800m. No worries, as soon as you get to the top, you will forget about the struggle. Directions: from Serenje turn off, drive 52km in the northern direction. You will find a kundalila falls poster, turn right onto the gravel road and drive for 13km. There is a place to park and camp. Also there is a lodge very near the falls called lala guest lodge. We did not spend anytime here so can't give a review. Note: due to the rains the gravel road is severely damaged in some parts. We had to park our 2WD and walk the last 2.4km to the falls. But with a 4WD and maybe a 2WD with high clearance you can drive all the way to the falls.
  • Back here after years. Still one of the most beautiful places. The hike up is getting even tougher

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