Lumangwe is a lovely waterfall that is part of a complex of three successive waterfalls that lie within 5 kilometers of each other along the Kalungwishi River. The waterfalls, Lumangwe, Kabwelume and Chipempe falls, are each spectacular but the Lumangwe stands out amongst the three because of its uncanny resemblance to the mighty Victoria Falls that has earned it the name ‘mini Mosi-Oa-Tunya.’
The Lumangwe falls covers an extensive area of 65 hectares and is over 100 meters wide. With the loud thunderous sound of large volumes of water crushing at the base of the falls at a height of 30 meters it is easy to understand the similarity it has to the larger waterfall down south. Thick clouds of misty spray can be seen billowing into the air nurturing a lush miniature rain forest around it.
The waterfall is as mystical as it is beautiful; as it is said to be the home of an ancient snake spirit believed to have dwelt in the area over a hundred years ago. According to the myths, the scaly beast is said to have been so large that it could stretch itself between the Lumangwe and Kabwelume falls which are over 5 kilometers apart.
Lumangwe is a colloquial word that roughly means ‘intense heating motion’ or boiling, with Luma meaning ‘heating motion’ while ngwe relates to combination of intensity and force.