Famous Waterfalls Across Africa
The highest, widest, biggest waterfalls in Africa
Waterfalls frequently form in Africa where water rushes down steep hillsides and quickly erode soft rocks while leaving behind harder rocks.
Running water erodes rock, but some rocks are more resistant than others to erosion. Waterfalls occur when a change in steepening of a gradient of rocks occur down steep hillsides. Until you see the Wli also known as Agumatsa Waterfall it's hard to imagine the size and beauty of Africa’s most remarkable waterfall.
The Wli Waterfall is located in the Agumatsa Wildlife sanctuary in Ghana. Living in the trees on the cliffs of the Wli falls are thousands of fruit bats clinging to its walls. The cliffs alongside the falls are home to thousands of straw-colored fruit bats that captivate the imagination of tourists. The bats are the second largest bats on the African continent and are one of the largest types of fruit bat measuring almost 9 inches in length.
The highest waterfall in Africa
Tugela Falls located in the Drakensberg Dragon's Mountains of Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province is 948 meters or 3,110 feet high and is the highest waterfall in Africa.
Widest Waterfall in Africa
Kongou Falls, in Gabon, is the widest waterfall in Africa with a width of 3,200 meters or 10,500 feet and estimated fall height of 56 meters or 184 feet.
Largest Waterfalls in Africa by volume of flow
Chutes Wagenia on the Lualaba River in the Democratic Republic of Congo tops the list by a huge margin as the largest waterfall in Africa as well as the world measured by average volume of flow. It stretches 4,500 feet, across the whole of the width of the Lualaba River, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The waterfall was most commonly known as either Kisangani Falls or Stanley Falls.
Victoria Falls is a 5,600-foot wide waterfall. As the water falls into the gorge, mist and sprays rise up, more than 100 feet higher than the top of the falls, giving the appearance that smoke is rising out of a deep hole in the earth. This is where it gets its traditional name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates to “the smoke that thunders.” The river is divided into four segments by two islands, resulting in four distinct falls, each of which has its own name: Devils Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Eastern Cataract.
Africa Alphabetical list of Waterfalls
Note: Many waterfalls cascade into numerous African countries and are listed several times.
|Mosi-oa-Tunya the smoke that thunders Victoria waterfall|
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Blue Nile Falls
Farin Ruwa Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Lone Creek Falls