Waterfalls in Africa

Waterfalls in Africa

Africa is endowed with water bodies including waterfalls

Tugela Falls (South Africa)

Tugela Falls is the highest waterfall in Africa with a total height of 948 meter with a vertical height of 3,110 feet and is world’s second highest waterfall located in the Drakensberg. Coordinates: 28°45′00″S 28°53′45″E / 28.75000°S 28.89583°E

Tugela Falls has two trails, five drop with an average width of 50 feet, Stands on a height of 3,110′ (948 m)

Activities:Hiking trail, viewing the falls, Short walks, camping

Mutarazi Falls (Zimbabwe)  

Mutarazi Falls is located in Zimbabwe and is 762 meters high. This is the second highest waterfall in Africa and 7th highest in the world. Coordinates: 18.4857° S, 32.7872° E

Mutarazi River meanders along a plateau and makes a double leap down a sheer rock face into a forested valley, the drop has 2500 feet

Activities: Walking the trails, Camping, Game driving, Bird viewing and Tourism

Livingstone Falls (DRC)

Livingstone Falls is the largest waterfall in the world in terms of flow rate standing at 270 m high. The falls are located in Democratic Republic of Congo on Congo River. Coordinates: 6°04′45″S 12°27′00″E / 6.07917°S 12.45000°E

The falls end in Matadi in Bas-Congo, Livingstone Falls was named after the explorer David Livingstone, falls consist of a series of rapids dropping 900 feet in 270 metres

Activities: Tourism, Trail walking and Water rafting

Kalambo Falls (Zambia, Tanzania)

Kalambo Falls is a 235 meters high waterfall in Zambia on Kalambo River and is uninterrupted falls in Africa and single drop waterfall on the border of Zambia and Tanzania at the southeast end of Lake Tanganyika. Coordinates: 8.5964 S 31.2396 E

The falls have a width of about 1 km and a depth of up to 300 m runs for about 5 km before opening out into the Lake Tanganyika rift valley, rare Maribou stork nests in the gorge below the falls.

Activities: Trail walking, Tourism and Camping

Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls are located near Semonkong town in Lesotho with a total height of 192 meters.  Falls are on Maletsunyane River and are falling over the ledge of Triassic – Jurassic basalt.

Coordinates: 29.8686° S, 28.0517° E

Maletsunyane Falls is horsetail type waterfall and the Place of Smoke gets is where it gets its name

Activities: Rock Climbing, Mountain BikingandTourism

Howick Falls, South Africa

Howick Falls is located in KwaZulu-Natal province with a total height of 111 meters and lies on Umegeni River. The Zulu people originally called this falls as KwaNogqaza; KwaNogqaza means “Place of the Tall One.” Coordinates: 29°29′12″S 30°14′20″E/ 29.48667°S 30.23889°E

The Zulu people call the falls KwaNogqaza which means “Place of the Tall One” and were first seen by European explorers in the early 19th century

Activities: Tourism, Trail walks, Adventure

Ouzoud Falls, Morocco

Ouzoud Falls in Morocco is the seventh highest waterfall of Africa with a height of 110 meters and is located in the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt. Ouzoud means “olives” in Berber language and this falls got its name due to the abundance of olive trees near the falls. Coordinates: 32°00′55″N 6°43′08″W / 32.0152°N 6.7189°W

There are a dozen old small mills and orchards and a superb circuit of the gorges of the El Abid River

Activities: Trail walks, TourismandMilling

Victoria fall (Zambia, Zibambwe)[i]

Victoria Falls are located in Zambia on Zambezi River. This is the eight highest waterfall of Africa with a total height of 108 meters. The falls have a width of 1,708 meters forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Coordinates: 17°55′28″S 25°51′24″E/ 17.92444°S 25.85667°E

It’s the largest singular waterfall in the world spanning a width of 1.7 km and David Livingstonefirst European to view Victoria Falls

Activities: Bird watching, Game driving, Cage diving, Bungi Jumping

Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia

The Blue Nile Falls are a waterfall on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. They are situated on the upper course of the river about 30 km downstream from the town of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana. The Blue Nile Falls are estimated to be between 37 and 45 meters high. Coordinates: 12°00′N 037°15′E / 12.000°N 37.250°E

They are known as Tis Issat in Amharic when translated, means ‘smoking water’ and Waterfalls consist of four main streams

Activities: TourismandGenerating hydro-electric

Murchison Falls (Uganda)

Murchison Falls is a waterfall on the Nile. It breaks the Victoria Nile, which flows across northern Uganda from Lake Victoria to Lake Kyoga and then to the north end of Lake Albert in the western branch of the East African Rift. The falls stands on 7 metres wide and tumbles 43 metres.

Coordinates: 2°16′38.33″N 31°41′0.05″E / 2.2773139°N 31.6833472°E

At Murchison Falls the Nile gets channelled through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment.

Activities: Sport fishing,Nature Walks, Trails walk around the top of the falls, Camping and Picnic site

Kongou Falls, Gabon

Touted as the most beautiful waterfall in Central Africa, the Kongou Falls in the Ivindo National Park in Eastern Gabon is the fourth widest waterfall in the world. It stretches 3.2 km (10,500 ft) across and the water falls a maximum distance of 185 feet (56 metres) into the river below.

Wli Falls, Ghana

At a height of 70 meters (229 feet), this is the highest waterfall in West Africa.  It has a beautiful view at the top and cool swimming waters at the bottom. It is certainly worth the 20 km drive from Hohoe, the nearest town.

Fourteen Falls, Kenya

14 waterfalls converge to form this tourist attraction located in Thika town, outside Nairobi. The 30 foot (10 meters) fall along the Athi River produces a deafening roar during the rainy season.

Lumangwe Falls, Zambia

Lumangwe falls drops 35 meters (115 ft) and has a width of 100 meters (328 ft). The rich flora and fauna of the surrounding Miombo Woodlands make it an attractive tourist destination.

Kalandula Falls, Angola

This horseshoe-shaped fall on the Lucala River in Northwest Angola drops 344 feet (104 meters), with crest length that averages between 1300 feet (396 meters) and 2000 feet (609 metres) depending on rainfall.