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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

Famous Waterfalls Across Africa

Kongou Falls in Gabon is the widest waterfall in Africa.

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.

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.


Highest, widest, biggest waterfalls in Africa listings. 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. 

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.


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.
Tugela Falls
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

Many waterfalls cascade into numerous African countries and are listed several times.


Mosi-oa-Tunya the smoke that thunders Victoria waterfall
Mosi-oa-Tunya the smoke that thunders Victoria waterfall




Angola

Kalandula Falls

Kalandula Falls


Burundi

Kagera Falls

Rusumo Falls


Chad

Gauthiot Falls


The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Boyoma Falls

Chutes Wagenia

Inga Falls

Livingstone Falls

Lofoi Falls


Ethiopia

Blue Nile Falls


Ghana

Tagbo Falls

Boti Falls

Kintampo Falls

Tagbo Falls

Wli Falls


Guinea

Tinkisso Falls


Kenya

Thomson's Falls


Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls

Maletsunyane Falls


Libya

Derna Falls


Madagascar

Andriamamovoka Falls

Mahamanina Falls

Mandraka Falls

Rianbavy Falls

Riandahy Falls

Sakaleona Falls


Mali

Gouina Falls


Morocco

Ouzoud Falls

Ouzoud Falls


Namibia

Ruacana Falls


Nigeria

Erin-Ijesha Falls

Farin Ruwa Falls

Gurara Falls

Owu Falls


Rwanda

Rusumo Falls


Somalia

Lamadaya falls

Lamadaya Falls


Southern Africa

Howick Falls

Ncandu Falls

Tugela Falls

Mpumalanga

Berlin Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Lisbon Falls

Lone Creek Falls

Mac-Mac Falls

Northern Cape

Augrabies Falls




Victoria Falls is a 5,600-foot wide waterfall
Victoria Falls

Tanzania

Kalambo Falls

Rusumo Falls


Uganda

Murchison Falls

Sipi Falls

Victoria Falls


Zambia

Chisimba Falls

Kabwelume Falls

Kalambo Falls

Kundalila Falls

Mumbuluma Falls

Mutumuna Falls

Ngonye Falls

Victoria Falls


Zimbabwe

Mutarazi Falls

Victoria Falls

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.
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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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