Mphata falls day trip

Mphata falls day trip

Discover the secrets of the Luangwa valley

The Mphata falls day trip is a fascinating journey to beautiful Mpatha hills on the borders of the Luangwa valley which are full of surprises. First we take you to the hills in the unspoiled countryside and on the way you enjoy the breathtaking view over the Luangwa valley at the viewpoint. In the hills we follow on foot the babbling stream that is hidden under a wild canopy of trees, branches and lianas followed by curious monkeys. There at the open spot we find the Mpatha falls that thunder down 50 meters deep. This waterfall is one of pristine beauty and is deeply hidden. And who can't resist taking a refreshing dip in a clear little lake at the bottom of the waterfall. From this beautiful jungle experience we drive in 20 minutes to another diamond in this area; the hot spring Kabilubilu. The hot water comes from a large rock that is about 20 to 30 feet long. and continues into the Kasenengwa River which continues its journey to the Luangwa River. The boiling water of about 1000 degrees Celsius that bubbles out of the basins and joins the cold running water that surrounds the rock. This place is locally called the "Angel Pool". At the boiling point, they have created a clean area where they tap drinking water daily, cook and fetch water for coffee and tea. Small colored fish and pike fish can also be found in some parts of the 'Angel Pool'. The site is believed to have been discovered inhabited by late Stone Age migrants, as stones shaped like knives were found here. The local villagers are always helpful and will explain you about their knowledge about the hotspring. We enjoy a lunch break here where we use the hot spring boiling water. After we are fully charged again, we continue to Chikowa Youth Development Centre. This Catholic mission project has become the largest educational project in the Mambwe district. Here you can buy extrodinary fine wood carving souvenirs made by local people. Here you will also dicover the beautifull vegetable gardens that grow and supply food allover the Mambwe district. We will take some time to talk with the students and find out what this place means for the area. From here we will find our way back to Mfuwe and drop you at the lodge or campsite. Proper walking shoes are recommended. Don't forget to bring swimming clothes and towels when you like to swim. Included: • Transfers from the Lodge or Campsite • Visit the Kabilubilu hotspring • Visit the Mphata falls • Visit Chikowa and vegetable gardens • Local Community fees • Drinks (bottled water, coffee and thea) • Lunch (pre-packed sandwiches, rice and noodles) • Snacks including cookies and fruits Excluded: • Photo equipment and binoculars • Swmming equipment • Tips

Family Friendly

Children can do here what they like most; walking, swimming and climbing around in a beautifull setting in the forrest landscape. Children will learn ecological importance of nature and interact with local villagers.

Lunch at the hotsprings

Have an unforgettable lunch experience at the Kabilubilu hotspring. Enjoy your lunch prepared with boiling water from the hotspring.

Mphata falls

The Mphata falls is unique in every way. It is a spectacular sighting, very remote and uncommercialised.

Countryside and local villages

Visit local villages to get a feel of authentic rural life in the beautiful unspoiled Zambian countryside.

Trip Itinerary

07:30 AM – Pickup and start trip
Make sure you are ready to be picked from your accommodation at 7:30 in the morning. Make sure you have already had breakfast to have a strong foundation for this spectacular day trip.
08:30 – Mphata falls
Our tourgide will bring you to the top and bottom of the falls. The walking distances are not long and will take no longer than 20 minutes. The terrain is thick forrest but the pads are easy to walk for everybody. Its is possible to take a refreshing dip in the small lake at the waterfall.
10:00 – 10:30 – Short drive
10:30 – Arrival at the hotspring
Our tourguide will guide you to the hotspring and explain about this natural wonder. You will also be able to chat with local people about it and they will show you how they benefit from the hot water. In the meanwhile your lunch will be prepared here and you will have an unforgettable lunch break at this wonderfull place.
12:00 – 12:30 Short drive
12:30 – Arrival at Chikowa CYDC and vegetable gardens
Welcome at the Chikowa Youth Development Centre. Here you can buy extrodinary fine wood carving souvenirs made by local people. We also visit the vegetable gardens here.
14:00 – Return to Mfuwe
Around 14:00 we will drive back to Mfuwe and return the guest to their accommodation.
15:00 – Back at your accomodation

Mphata falls day trip pricing

12+ years
  • Full day programme
  • Photo friendly
  • All local visiting fees
  • Mini van with Tour guide
  • Drinks (Bottled water, coffee and thea)
  • Lunch (sandwiches, rice and noodles)
  • Snacks including cookies and fruits
5-12 years
  • Full day programme
  • Photo friendly
  • All local visiting fees
  • Mini van with Tour guide
  • Drinks (Bottled water, coffee and thea)
  • Lunch (sandwiches, rice and noodles)
  • Snacks including cookies and fruits


Amazing Tour! Stunning sights and awesome guides. We had such a great time. We were a large group, but easily accommodated by African Escapades. The location was amazing, the weather was perfect, and the sights were beautiful.
Sally Smith
October 2018
The company was recommended to us by a friend, and now I can see why! It was certainly one of the highlights of our vacation. The guides were all very friendly, experienced, and professional which made it a real treat.
Doug Martin
September 2018
I was visiting from out of state with my family, most of whom had never experienced something like this before, and we thought it would be a good idea - we're sure glad that we did! The experienced guides made sure that the whole day went smoothly, and luckily for us the weather was great. Highly recommended!
Gary Jones
July 2018

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