The 10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Africa

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The African continent is full of superlative natural wonders, from the world's largest river to its second-largest desert. The waterfalls of Africa are equally impressive, from the Tugela Falls, which some experts claim are the highest in the world; to the mighty Victoria Falls, which has the largest waterslide on the planet. Here's our pick of the top waterfalls to add to your Africa bucket list.

1. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the most famous waterfall in Africa. At 5,604 feet wide and 354 feet tall, it is the largest falling waterslide in the world. The spray spread over the deep waters of the Zambezi River can be seen 30 miles away, giving it the local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders). Victoria Falls are most impressive during the flood season (February to May), when more than 500 million liters of waterfall over its edge every minute. You can admire this majestic spectacle from the viewpoints of Victoria Falls National Park, on the Zimbabwe side, or Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, on the Zambian side. Two-thirds of the falls are visible from Zimbabwe, while Zambia offers a unique opportunity to swim in a natural pool at the edge of the falls known as Devil's Pool.

2. Lumangwe Falls, Zambia

Otra cascada de bloques clásica, las cataratas Lumangwe es tan similar a las cataratas Victoria que a menudo se confunde con las cataratas de fama mundial. Es la cascada más grande que se encuentra completamente en Zambia, con una altura de 115 pies y un ancho de 328 pies. Aquí, el río Kalungwishi cae en un amplio velo, creando un rocío que se eleva a unos 100 metros de altura y sostiene un pequeño bosque tropical en las orillas del río vecino. La cascada lleva el nombre del Gran Espíritu de la Serpiente, Lumangwe, que según la leyenda local se extiende entre las cataratas de Lumangwe y Kabweluma; y es más potente al final de la temporada de lluvias en abril y mayo. Para llegar a las cataratas, tome el desvío señalizado de la carretera principal de Kawambwa a Mporokoso. Hay miradores en la cumbre y en la orilla opuesta, y un camping para quienes pretendan pernoctar.

3. Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia

The Blue Nile Falls are located on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia, approximately 30 kilometers downstream from Lake Tana. Curtains of mist and bright rainbows give the waterfall its Amharic name (Tis Abay or Great Smoke). It is approximately 170 feet high and sees the confluence of four streams that originally combined to create a width of 1,312 feet during the rainy season. Today, much of the energy from the waterfall is used by a hydroelectric plant built in 2003; but it's still a stunning sight in the peak flood months of August and September. Two different hiking trails provide access to the falls. The first takes you to a 17th century stone bridge (the first in Ethiopia) to admire the main viewpoints of the waterfall on the opposite side of the river; while the second includes a short boat trip across the river to the base of the falls.

4. Murchison Falls, Uganda

As the focal point of Murchison Falls National Park (one of Uganda's most popular wildlife viewing destinations), Murchison Falls is also located on the Blue Nile (although the river is known as the Victoria Nile in Uganda). Here, the river runs through a narrow gorge only 23 feet wide and then drops 141 feet into the Devil's Cauldron. Shrouded in mist and adorned with a permanent rainbow, the waterfall sees almost 187 million liters of water flowing over its precipice every minute. The best way to get a closer view is to embark on a motorboat trip upriver, leaving the town of Paraa, which will take you to the base of the falls. Along the way, keep an eye out for the park's abundant wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, lions, and the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. Frog storks are a particular specialty of Murchison Falls National Park.

5. Tugela Falls, South Africa

Comprised of a series of five seasonal waterfalls, the Tugela Falls in South Africa has a total drop of 3,110 feet, making it the second largest waterfall in the world. Some sources claim that it may even surpass Angel Falls in Venezuela for being the highest waterfall in the world, based on alleged discrepancies in the measurements of both waterfalls. Either way, it's a spectacular sight, diving into a cloud of foam from atop the Amphitheater Escarpment, the most recognizable natural resource in KwaZulu-Natal's magnificent Royal Natal National Park. The source of the Tugela River is Mont-Aux-Sources, one of the highest peaks in the Drakensberg Mountains. For a closer view, take the challenging Sentinel trail to the top of the escarpment or opt for an easier hike through the Tugela Gorge to the foot of the falls.

6. Kalandula Falls, Angola

Known as the Duke of Bragança Falls until independence in 1975, the Kalandula Falls are one of Angola's best-known natural features. Located on the banks of the Lucala River, in the Malanje province, at 344 feet high and 1,300 feet wide, it is one of the largest waterfalls in volume on the continent. Similar in appearance to its older sister, Victoria Falls, it is a horseshoe-shaped waterfall on the edge of a dense forest, with many separate waterfalls and clouds sprayed by free-falling water. It is most impressive at the end of the rainy season (February to April), and visitors can swim in the pool at the bottom. The Kalandula Falls are 10 minutes by taxi from the town of Calandula and about five hours from Luanda. Book a stay at the Pousada Calandula hotel at the top of the falls for a chance to see them at sunrise and sunset.

7. Ouzoud Falls, Morocco

Although first-time visitors to Morocco may not associate the Sahara country with abundant water, there are many oases of lush vegetation in the north. The Middle Atlas Mountains are home to the Ouzoud Falls, a spectacular collection of waterfalls that flow into the El-Abid River. The falls are named after the Berber word meaning "the act of grinding grain"; a reference to the small windmills located at the top of the falls, several of which are still in operation today. The Ouzoud Falls are a popular tourist destination and all the infrastructure to accompany it. You can take a boat trip to the pool at the base of the falls or eat at one of the restaurants located along the waterfall trail. The olive groves surrounding Ouzoud are home to troops of wild Barbary monkeys, an endangered species of monkey.

8. Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

In terms of sheer beauty, it's hard to imagine a more perfect waterfall than Maletsunyane Falls. Located near the town of Semonkong (a name that translates to The Place of Smoke) in Lesotho, the waterfall causes the Maletsunyane River to plunge in a continuous cascade over a 630-foot precipice located at the point of a natural V in the rolling green cliffs. up in. It is one of the highest falls in Africa and the subject of many local legends, including one that claims that the echo caused by the sound of falling water is actually the lament of the souls who drowned in the falls. Semonkong Lodge offers pony rides and guided hikes to the falls, as well as an abseiling route that descends from the top and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest commercially operated rappel in the world.

9. Wli Falls, Ghana

Known locally as Agumatsa Waterfall, which means "let me flow", Wli Falls is 82 meters high and is the highest waterfall in Ghana and West Africa. Located in the Volta Region, it is formed by high and low waterfalls and surrounded by the Agumatsa Tropical Wildlife Sanctuary. Choose to visit the lower falls for an easy hike along a relatively flat trail that crosses the river several times, or opt for a more arduous hike up to the upper falls to have them all to yourself. There are pools at the bottom of both falls, and the nature reserve is known for its colony of fruit bats. Bird watchers should also keep an eye out for more than 200 species of birds. The Wli Falls are most impressive from April to October, although those traveling during the peak of the rainy season may find the trail to the Upper Falls too slippery to navigate safely.

10. Kalambo Falls, Zambia and Tanzania

Zambia may simply be the land of Africa's waterfalls, with no less than three falls on this list. Kalambo Falls is located in the northern province near Mbala on the Kalambo River. It marks the border between Zambia and Tanzania and drops into a single unbroken stream in a 725-foot drop into the gorge below. In addition to being one of the tallest single-drop waterfalls in Africa, Kalambo Falls is a site of considerable archaeological significance. Evidence shows that the area has been inhabited for more than 250,000 years; making it one of the longest examples of human occupation in sub-Saharan Africa and earning a spot on UNESCO's list of interim World Heritage sites. After the falls, the Kalambo River continues to the second largest of the African Great Lakes, Lake Tanganyika.

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