Kalambo River

Coordinates: 8°24′S 31°18′E / 8.400°S 31.300°E / -8.400; 31.300
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Kalambo River
Kalambo Falls
CountryRukwa Region, Tanzania
CountryNorthern Province, Zambia
Physical characteristics
SourceUfipa Plateau
 • locationZambia
 • elevation1,800 m (5,900 ft)
MouthLake Tanganyika
 • location
 • elevation
770 m (2,530 ft)
Length50 km (31 mi)

The Kalambo River forms part of the border between Zambia and Tanzania. It is a comparatively small stream which rises on the Ufipa Plateau in Rukwa Region,Tanzania north-east of Mbala at an elevation of about 1800 m and descends into the Albertine Rift, entering the southeastern end of Lake Tanganyika at an elevation of about 770 m, in a straight-line distance of only about 50 km.[citation needed] This accounts for its main claim to fame, its waterfall, Kalambo Falls, which is Africa's second highest falls (after South Africa's Tugela Falls). Below the falls, the river runs in a deep gorge.[citation needed]

The site of the river includes important archaeological sites.


External links[edit]

  • "Photo Gallery: Children enjoy a swim in Kalambo River at Kapozwa Village near Lake Tanganyika in Kalambo District, Rukwa Region". 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-04.

8°24′S 31°18′E / 8.400°S 31.300°E / -8.400; 31.300