Getting in to nature is good for body and soul. Besides the soothing effect of watching and listening to water move, waterfalls are surrounded by negative ions that have a positive effect on the body, such as revitalizing cell metabolism and enhancing immune function.
1. The Mac Mac Falls
Located at a height of 65 meters, the Mac Mac Falls may not be the highest, but are definitely the most popular waterfalls in South Africa. At the base of the falls there is a pool, and on its banks, there are picnic tables for people to enjoy a lunch basket.
2. Tugela Waterfall
Tugela, derived from Zulu ‘Thukela’ which means ‘sudden’ or ‘startling’ is the second tallest waterfall in the world with a startling drop length of 411m (3,142ft) and height 948m (3110ft). It is located in the Kwazulu Natal province in the southeastern part of South Africa. Surrounded by the Dragon mountains in Drakensberg (the main mountain range of South Africa), Tugela waterfall is a pretty sight that is easily visible from the main road after heavy rainfall.
3. Victoria Falls
No doubt Victoria Falls is the most popular waterfall in Africa. Located on the Zambezi River, this waterfall is a breathtaking sight for sore eyes. It forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world with a length of over one kilometre and a height of over a hundred meters.
4. Thomson’s Falls
This impressive 72m waterfall was the lone waterfall we encountered on our Kenyan safari.Unfortunately, I also suffered from a pretty bad case of food poisoning, which kept us from going down to the bottom.
Nevertheless, with waterfalls like this in a country where big game safaris rule most of the tourism traffic, we found it refreshing to mix things up a bit. And this kind of waterfall certainly had legitimate size and flow to hopefully find more like it on a future trip.
5. The Berlin Falls
One of the many waterfalls that can be found around the Sabie region, the Berlin Falls crashes into a pool from a height of 80 metres. Picnic areas around the falls, and swimming in the pool are some of the activities that can be enjoyed here.
6. Kalambo Waterfall
Situated in the Northern Province 33km from Mbala on the Kalambo River, Kalambo waterfalls records a steady leap of 221 metres into the gorge below it and then into Lake Tanganyika. The waterfall defines the border between Tanzania and Zambia. It is charmer during the May/June rainy season. It is the second highest waterfall after Tugela in South Africa.
7. Blue Nile Falls
Situated in Ethiopia on the Blue Nile river, the Blue Nile Falls is another beautiful waterfall that measures a height of 35-50 meters. It is also named “Tis Abay” in Amharic, which means”smoking water”. The vapour creates plunges into the gorge, which is a pretty amazing sight to see.
8. Murchison Falls
It’s not often that you can combine a wildlife safari with a waterfall. But this powerful waterfall on the Victoria Nile yielded just that opportunity! Our river boat safari allowed us to spot hippos, zebras, cape buffalos, and Nile crocodiles among others.
A short hiking trail on a separate excursion allowed us to look down at the powerful torrent. By the way, it almost felt like the ground was trembling with the power of the Victoria Nile being squeezed into a chute! Add it all together, and we just had to include this Ugandan delight on our list of favorite African Waterfalls.
9. The Howick Falls
One of the most famous waterfalls in South Africa, the Howick Falls cascade into the Umgeni River. With an air of mythology surrounding it, it is said that the pool is home to a mythical snake. Natives offer prayers at this spot, while travellers find solace in the arms of nature.
10. Ouzoud Falls
Falling from a height that makes it one of the tallest waterfalls in Africa, Ouzoud Falls stands at 330ft (110m) high. Located in the Azilal region of Morroco, northeast of the busy city of Marrakech, Ouzoud waterfall is a serene location that provides a soothing experience for tourists. Apart from the chilly feel of the water, the place houses some monkeys with whom you can have fun.
11. Gurara Waterfalls
Gurara Waterfalls is located on the road between Minna and Suleja in the Niger State. With a sheer drop of 30 meters, the waterfalls span 200 meters across. The sparkling water falling into a pond some 20 meters before returning to serenity is a purely marvellous sight.
12. Bridal Veil Falls
Falling in somewhat of a dispersed style, the Bridal Veil Falls actually look like a veil. The pathway leading to the waterfall is an easy walk, and at its base, the spraying showers and the view from there is simply splendid.
13. Farin Ruwa Falls
Itis one of the tallest waterfalls in Nigeria that provides a spectacular sight. Split across three tiers, this waterfall is surrounded by a rich forest which makes it a haven for eco-tourism.