I visited Lake Tanganyika between Christmas 2013 and New Year’s 2014. It was my most spectacular journey yet in Zambia, filled with both adventure (broken-down and slightly dangerous boat rides, a gorgeous hike to Kalambo Falls, and an illicit border crossing into Tanzania) and relaxation (lounging, playing my guitar, spending an entire evening singing along to ’80s and ’90s American pop music with nine other muzungus).
Situated in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Tang, as it’s known locally, is the world’s second-deepest freshwater lake. We stayed on the Zambian end, in the friendly and entertaining town of Mpulungu.
Crossing our way unofficially into Tanzania.
Picturesque village where we began our hike to Kalambo Falls. As you can see, the whole village turned out to see us off.
Proof of entry into our first Tanzanian village.
Tree roots cling to the cliffs around Kalambo Falls
View of Mpulungu from a nearby island.
Brink of Kalambo Falls.
Steep hike back from the falls.
Looking back at that picturesque little village from the ridgetop we had to cross to get to Kalambo Falls.
The Kalambo River snakes below the falls.
View from our hike on an island in Lake Tanganyika. Left to right: me, Mark, Zach, and Samwell.
Me in a tree overlooking Lake Tanganyika
The town of Mpulungu was more colorful than most.
Tessa, Mark, and Luke watch a storm rolling in – right from the direction we needed to go to return to Mpulungu.
A PCV adventure on a fishing boat across Lake Tanganyika to the Kalambo River.
Fish traders on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
Appropriate Technology at its finest: maize sacks = sailboat on Lake Tanganyika.
The hustle and bustle of Mpulungu’s port.
Island view of Lake Tanganyika.
Cliffs near Kalambo Falls, east of Lake Tankanyika.