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7 African Waterfalls To Visit This Summer

Words defy how to explain the perfect waterfall…perfection, serene ambiance, tranquil…and so forth. For many of us, summer time is is the perfect time to kick back and relax, whilst for others it spells p-a-r-t-y time. For the rest of us, summer is adventure time and what’s a good adventure without discovering Africa’s beautiful falls. This is a perfect holiday plan if you’re planning on making the journey around Africa solo or even with family. In view of that, today we bring you 7 African Waterfalls to visit this summer that will make your summer holiday your most memorable yet!

 

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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This notable waterfall is a breathtaking sight for sore eyes, located on the Zambezi River, it forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, today Victoria Falls attracts tourists from all around the world. The Kololo tribe that inhabited in the area describe the falls as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ which translates to ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ in their local dialect.

 

Murchison Falls, Uganda

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This is the largest of all Uganda’s national parks, spanning over about 4000 sq.km, it is renowned for its beauty and of course the waterfall which has attracted more and more tourists to the park. The number of tourists to Murchison Falls has more than doubled from 2006 to 2010! Its plentitude of flora and fauna of over 400 species is more than enough to cause tourists to marvel. The Murchison Falls is the perfect icing to the on cake for this national park – an interesting proposition is to go up the trail to the top of the falls or paying a visit to the bat caves!

 

Thomson Falls, Kenya

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Also known as Nyahururu, this waterfall is difficult to miss! For adventure-seekers, the wildlife is entirely for your viewing pleasure, try not to get hurt! the rim of the gorge provides several viewing spots for a good view or selfie with the waterfall in the background.The waterfall plunges about 72m onto the Ewaso Narok River.

 

Ouzoud Falls, Morrocco

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The Ouzoud Waterfalls is recognised as the most surprising and beautiful attractions in Morocco. The sound of the water slapping which splashes from a height of over 100 meters on the rocks is quite soothing; the view, a mixture of the powerful waterfalls against the red sandstone is nothing short of scenic. Don’t forget to pause and relish this moment, it is truly priceless. At about 150 km from Marrakesh, the Falls make for an ideal day trip at any time of year.

Wli Falls, Ghana

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Located in the Hohoe municipality, it is closer to the Republic of Togo than the capital city of Ghana, Accra. This is undoubtedly the most impressive waterfall in Ghana and is even argued to be the highest waterfall in West Africa.

 

Gurara Falls, Nigeria

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Geographically located in Niger State on the road between Suleja and Minna, the waterfalls span 200 meters across with a sheer drop of 30 meters. Early in the year, the falls are a trickle and visitors can swim in clear pools at the bottom of the falls. Tourists can easily take a trip down to the gushing Gurara waterfalls – which is about an hour out of the city of Abuja. The sparkling water under the sun is purely marvelous as it falls into a pond some 20 meters before returning to tranquility.

 

Blue Nile Falls, Bahir Dar – Ethiopia

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Set on the shore of Lake Tana, where local fishermen abound. It is about 30 km from the spectacular Tisisat Falls. The Blue Nile creates vapour which is amazing to see as it plunges into the gorge. Bahir Dar teems with explorable ancient monasteries built around the lake, or on its many Islands including Dek Stephanos and Ura Kidane Mehret amongst others. The colourful local market at Bahir Dar is another great option for tourists looking to wander and get beautiful souvenirs at amazing prices!

Adapted in part from:Jovago.com

 

Which one of these waterfalls would you like to visit? Check out this tour package selected for you: http://afrotourism.com/index.php/trip-idea/victoria-falls-and-safari/

 

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Chinenye Egwuonwu

Chinenye Egwuonwu

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Chinenye Emezie-Egwuonwu is an author and essayist. She enjoys reading, baking, and wouldn’t mind spending her day buried in the pages of decor magazines! She is the subeditor at Afro Tourism.
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