Mafinga Hills – Zambia

The Mafinga Hills in Zambia is one of the most interesting natural landmarks in the country. The place is not lacking in natural wonders, but this plateau is one of the most striking.


The hills cover the plateau and are located between Malawi and Zambia. Both countries are in southern Africa.

What to See

The plateau covered by the hills is the highest in the country. It is set at 7,641 feet (2,329 meters). The hills are made of feldspathic sandstones, phyllites and quartzites. The top of the plateau is composed of deep gullies, grassy slopes and craggy quartzite ridges. The views from the plateau are nothing short of spectacular.

There was a time when the plateau acted as a barrier between the east and north provinces. Even today, only a well built 4WD can navigate this section particularly during the rainy season. The Mafinga Hills in Zambia is also the source of the River Luangwa, one of the major rivers in the country.


During the 1800s, the country was known as Northern Rhodesia territory. It was managed by the South Africa Company from 1891 until 1923 when the United Kingdom took over control.

The next few years would see an increase in mining technology. This led to greater development during the 1930s. After gaining independence, its name was changed to Zambia.

The country underwent economic difficulties from the 1970s to the 1990s. This was due to falling copper prices and a drought. However, the country has since been making a steady recovery. Part of the country’s economic success has been due to tourism.


Tours to Zambia have different prices. A high end week long or 10 day tour will cost at least a thousand dollars. However, you will save a lot of money if you stay in budget hotels or go backpacking. You can find many of these travel packages available on the Web. Make sure to compare the prices before committing to one.

Other Info

There are three sections in the hills: the Kayuni-Misissi Hills, Pilewombe Hills and the Mafingi Ridge. These were created by the erosion of the North Rukuru, Lufilya and Mbalzi rivers.

The Mafinga Hills in Zambia is also known for the Mafinga Mountains, which is not too far away. Visitors in the area may also visit the Mwinimpangala Village. There is also an archaeological site where cultural artifacts and other ancient structures have been found.