Chavuma stands about 6km south of the Angolan border and the place where the Zambezi re-enters Zambia. The land around here is arid, and the soil mostly grey in colour, which makes villages in this area look dull compared with those further south.
As in the town of Zambezi, paying your respects to the local police is a wise move, just so that they know who you are and what you are doing in their area. The same goes for the Brethren Missionaries, who will also be able to help you with advice on camping or accommodation. They are found in a large compound up on the hill by the town. They have their own camping spot by the river, which they may allow you to use, and they will certainly be able to direct you to other suitable places.
The M8 road here from Solwezi via Kabompo and Zambezi is a decent gravel road. If you're approaching from the south via Lukulu then it's best to cross the Kabompo River at the Watopa pontoon (GPS:FERRY4), and then join this road from there.
What to see and doChavuma Falls
This is not nearly so spectacular as the Zambezi's drops at Ngonye and Victoria Falls, but makes a good picnic site for an afternoon – the falls are found by taking the footpath near the pontoon.No man's land
Every morning there is a small market here in no man's land, between the territories of Zambia and Angola. Both Zambians and Angolans come to barter for goods, under the watchful eyes of the armed border guards. It is a fascinating occurrence. As a foreigner, make sure you have very clear permission from the border guards before you even consider joining in, and don't take any photographs without permission.