Location: Wonder Gorge

General Information

Quarter degree square: 1429

Country: Zambia

Habitat: The gorge is surrounded by rolling terrain covered with miombo

Altitude range: 500-1150 mvv

Annual rainfall: 751-850 mm

Location (short): Central Province

Location (detailed): Area 100 sq km. Situated in Mkushi District.

Description

Where the Lunsemfwa river descends the Muchinga escarpment it has carved a spectacular gorge into the sedimentary rock, several kilometres long. It is extremely steep, relatively narrow and about 300m deep. About halfway along its length it joined from the north-east by the Mkushi river in equally impressive gorge. Directly above the confluence is Bell Point, a viewpoint that has been awarded National Monument status due to its outstanding natural beauty (Phillipson & Katanekwa 992). Bell Point was named after Miss Grace Bell, a friend of E. Knowles Jordan who was probably the first European to reach the area in about 1913. The gorge is surrounded by rolling terrain covered with miombo, it is remote and sparsely populated. Further fieldwork is required to establish a suitable boundary. Ideally, this should remain a considerable distance from the gorge and thus aim to protect the surrounding miombo as well.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Location details: Wonder Gorge.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=138, retrieved 24 November 2017

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