Sioma Falls Upper Zambezi River

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Sioma Falls - also known as Ngonye Falls


Attractions

Sioma Ngonye Falls – the second largest waterfall in Zambia

Fishing - sport fishing with limited equipment at the camp

Bird watching – over 57 species have already been recorded

Sioma Ngwezi National Park is situated in this area

This is also the Western route to Liuwa plain National Park where the great wildebeest migration can be seen, as well as large herds of zebra, oribi, lion, leopard and large numbers of spotted hyena. The most popular times being August and December.

Sioma Ngwezi National park - now part of Kaza park

Sioma Ngwezi is one of Zambias 19 national parks. Although it is the third largest national park in Zambia and covers and area of approximately 5000 km2 it is relatively unexplored.

There is one single road (track) encircling the park. A track across the park has not been in use for several years because of fallen trees.
Towards the southwest the Kwando River marks the park’s – and Zambias - border with Angola. Apart from being literally a floating border the Kwando River is a huge wetland area with many animals living there.

Further towards the south the Kwando River joins the Okavango River that flows into the desert and forms the Okavango Delta. Towards southeast the Sioma Ngwezi National Park borders the Namibian Caprivi Strip between Zambia and Botswana

V IDEOS Sioma - Ngonye Falls

Getting There

A tar road from Livingstone to Sioma.is under construction

Currently the road from Sesheke is an all-year dirt road of about 115km – about 2 hours drive. Sesheke is only 2 hours from Livingstone on a fast tar highway. Going north from Sioma, the road to Senanga is about 70km on dirt roads. It takes 2.5 hrs usually, but the last 1hour, on the other side of the river, is on the flood plain and so not passable in the rainy season. It is also possible to get direct from Sioma to Kalabo without crossing the river, but our kids enjoyed the rickety pontoon ferry crossing to Senanga.

From Livingstone, take the road to Sesheke via Kazungula, then cross the Zambezi over the new bridge between Sesheke and Katima Mulilo.From Kazungula, Botswana, take the road through the Chobe National Park on the tar road for 80km, to Katima Mulilo, Namibia. Katima is the last stop for fuel before Senanga. After the border, follow the dirt road for a further 125km to reach the lodge.From Mongu, Zambia, there is a 100km tar road to Senanga, which is not in good condition. This is the last opportunity for fuel before Livingstone or Katima Mulilo. 10km beyond Senanga is the ferry. This is the only viable route to Sioma from the North. If taking this route, suggest that you carry sufficient fuel.

Note:

A 4 x 4 vehicle is needed for the road from Katima Mulilo; the road is gravel and has not been maintained for a number of years. The 125km will take you approximately four to five hours depending on the type of vehicle used. It is a scenic route along the Zambezi River and is also the main route to Liuwa plains. As we are not as yet operating game drives to Ngwezi National park, information on the park is limited

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