Type: Cascade waterfall
Number of Drops: 0
Height: 10m - 25m
Watercourse: Zambezi river
The Ngonye or Sioma Falls is a waterfall on the Zambezi river in Western province Zambia, near the village of Sioma and a few hundred kilometres upstream from the Mosi Oa Tunya Falls. The Ngonye Falls Community Partnership Park is located at the falls. While not the tallest (20-25 meters), Ngonye impresses with its sheer volume of water cascading over a wide, horseshoe-shaped formation. Its width is much grander than its height, creating a powerful spectacle.
There are a couple of simple camps at Senanga that also offer guided trips to the falls. Alternatively, get to the village of Sioma and ask for a guide to take you. It is best viewed by walking about two kilometres / a mile downstream of Sioma. There is usually a dugout canoe that will ferry you across the Zambezi, then a further two kilometre / one mile walk back upstream will take you to the falls’ best vantage point.
Ngonye's relative inaccessibility makes it a hidden gem compared to its more famous cousin, Victoria Falls. This translates to a more secluded and authentic experience for visitors. The Zambezi River flows beneath the rock on either side of the falls! You can stand on the falls and feel the underground current rumble, adding a unique sensory experience.
Whitewater rafting enthusiasts can experience the power of the Zambezi below the falls, while others can enjoy boat trips, swimming, and scenic walks. Ngonye offers options for relaxation and adventure alike. The Ngonye Falls provide great photo opportunities at any time of the year but the optimum time is around June or July. Rafting is best from February to May after the rains. Wildlife is best viewed from July to November, when water is scarce and the animals are forced to come to the water holes or down to the river to drink. The surrounding area offers wildlife sightings like giraffes, leopards, and hyenas. The best time to see them is just after the summer rains when animals congregate around water sources.
Local folklore surrounds Ngonye, adding a layer of cultural richness to your visit. Learn about the stories and traditions passed down through generations, enriching your understanding of the falls' significance.
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