Mumbuluma Falls

Mansa, Luapula Province, Zambia

About Mumbuluma Falls

Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2008-05-29
Date last visited: 2008-05-29

Waterfall Latitude: -10.92965
Waterfall Longitude: 28.73495

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Mumbuluma Falls was a series of two wide waterfalls falling some 5-10m each.

When we were there, we drew lots of attention being the only mzungus (non-blacks) in the area as apparently this place must’ve been way off the tourist radar.

Mumbuluma_Falls_028_05292008 - The Lower Mumbuluma Falls
The Lower Mumbuluma Falls

The whole time we were photographing the falls, a big group of local kids were watching what we were doing the whole time in kind of an uncomfortably quiet way.

Some of the boys climbed to the top of the waterfall and tried to pose for us.

I guess they definitely helped us show a sense of scale regarding this waterfall.

We remembered this waterfall because our waterfall safari in Northern Zambia had already run through complications.

In this case, we had spent lots of time stuck in Mansa as our safari vehicle had to have its transmission fixed.

And after what seemed to be a two-hour delay, we drove another 90 minutes before we finally showed up at the Mumbuluma Falls. That included a few detours as well as our driver Chester spending lots of time asking for directions.

Mumbuluma_Falls_021_05292008 - The Upper Mumbuluma Falls
The Upper Mumbuluma Falls

When we finally did find the right place, we paid and followed a local villager down a short but moderaly steep scramble to the bottom of each of the two waterfalls.

Once we got to the bottom of the first waterfall, I had to do some rock hopping while getting my Gore-tex boots a little wet to get directly in front of the Upper Mumbuluma Falls.

We tried our best to take photos, soak in the scenery, and do all this while trying to engage the local kids (though they seemed more interested staring at what we were doing or perhaps wondering why we were here).

After having our fill of the upper waterfall, we then continued descending to the bottom of the lower waterfall.

The Lower Mumbuluma Falls seemed to be slightly shorter in height than the upper one.

It also possessed a large plunge pool that was conducive to swimming, which a few of the local villagers indulged in by jumping off the top of the falls and right into the plunge pool below.


Mumbuluma Falls resides in Mansa District near Mansa, Zambia. To my knowledge, there is no official authority administering this waterfall. So for more information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting the Ministry of Tourism and Arts.

Mumbuluma_Falls_003_05292008 - Partial view of the Upper Mumbuluma Falls with a local boy posing at its top
Mumbuluma_Falls_009_05292008 - Another Partial view of the Upper Mumbuluma Falls
Mumbuluma_Falls_041_05292008 - Angled view of the Lower Mumbuluma Falls
Mumbuluma_Falls_004_jx_05292008 - One of the local boys jumped off the top of the Lower Mumbuluma Falls and into the large plunge pool

Since we were escorted out to Mumbuluma Falls, we can’t really say anything too specific about how to get here since we didn’t drive.

However, based on our notes and what we could glean from looking out the window, we had apparently gone about 32km north of Mansa and then about 8.4km off the main road to get here.

As mentioned earlier, it took us about 90 minutes to go from Mansa to the falls.

Contextually, Mansa was was 472km (GoogleMaps optimistically says 6.5 hours drive) east then north of Mkushi, or 765km (GoogleMaps optimistically says over 10 hours drive) north of Lusaka.

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Fixated on the falls with a boy posing at the top of it

Fixated on the falls with a boy posing at the top of it

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