Visit the Sioma Falls

The Sioma Falls, which are situated approximately 60kms upstream of Kabula, were first discovered by David Livingstone when he travelled northwards from Botswana. He marvelled at their beauty and decided to rest there for a few days during which time the locals informed him of even larger waterfalls to the south.  This chance encounter resulted in this famous explorer venturing south along the east bank of the Zambezi where, as with the Sioma Falls, he was the first European to gaze upon the mighty Mosi-oa-Tunya ……. or Victoria Falls.

Whilst obviously not as impressive as the Victoria Falls, many people say that the beautiful horseshoe shaped Sioma Falls are just as, if not more beautiful. The sheer volume of water that cascades over the relatively confined and staggered twenty metre drop is spectacular and very much worth a visit. Another interesting aspect is that the river flows underneath the rock on either side of the falls. It is quite an experience to stand on the rock and feel and hear the massive underground flows.  This unique geological phenomenon is attributed to the fact that the falls mark the transition point of the Zambezi Rivers’ flow from the Kalahari sand floodplain to the north, into the basalt dykes to the south.

Directly below the falls are a series of rapids that make for an exciting days white-water rafting and canoeing. Canoeing from the falls down to Kabula, is also an exciting and rewarding experience. For the fit this can be done in one day and for those who would prefer to travel at a more leisurely pace and enjoying the breath-taking riverside scenery, an overnight camping stop is an option. You will need to bring your own canoe and camping kit.