Kapishya Hot Springs – Chinsali, Zambia - Atlas Obscura

Kapishya Hot Springs

Chinsali, Zambia

A secluded natural oasis hidden deep along a rainforest trail. 


Tucked deep along a bushy rainforest trail is a serene hot spring surrounded by tangles of leafy trees. The secluded spot feels like a hidden gem within a corner of a sprawling 20th-century colonial estate.

A retaining wall keeps the naturally heated reservoir at a perfect temperature—and keeps any curious crocodiles at bay. The springs have been well-managed for some time, and the grounds surely are a testament to the work put in over these many years.

When you’re done soaking in the hot springs, you can explore all the scenic landscape has to offer. The grounds themselves are home to expansive gardens, as well as an expanding coffee plantation. The many paths are coated with an array of natural and exotic flora species, with descriptive markers on most of them. Just as you’re about lose yourself on the trail, the gate of the hot springs lodge comes into display with beauty surrounding every corner.

With options to camp along the mighty river bank or cozy up in one of the chalets, the lodge has an array of activities that you could get lost in, such as white water rafting, hiking, and playing with puppies. Less than a mile down the road is an incredible scenic hike, allowing you to view deeply into the Shiwa valley.

Know Before You Go

From Lusaka, take one of the larger bus companies (Juldan, Power Tools, or Likili) headed toward Kasama. Getting off in Mpika to book a taxi to the hot springs directly, is the easiest, and cheapest, method of travel. The lodge is able to accommodate your travel needs, but the price of transport might be a bit higher. It is reliably safer, however.

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