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Majestic Waterfalls of southern Africa

Some of Southern Africa's Majestic Waterfalls that are absolutelty worth a visit


Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls are without a doubt one of the most popular tourist attractions of Zimbabwe. They lie on the Zambezi river, on the border to Zambia. The great explorer David Livingstone was the first ever European to see the falls, when he discovered them in 1855. He named them after England’s Queen Victoria.
To the locals, they are known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders”. A very apt name: when the water plummetsinto the gorge after 105 meters with a thundering sound, spray is formed which rises high over the gorge, looking like smoke.
In 1989 the Victoria Falls were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best time to visit them is between February and April, when the river is at its fullest. Actually any time of the year makes a worthwhile visit.

Ruacana Falls

The Ruacana waterfall is among the largest in Africa. It forms part of the Kunene river, on the border between Angola and Namibia.
At its highest point, the water drops 107 meters and, depending on the amount of rainfall, is about 700 meters wide. The best time to visit these falls is during the rainy season around April.

Epupa Falls

About 135km downstream from the Ruacana falls are the much smaller but still impressive Epupa falls (not to be confused with the Popa falls in the Caprivi strip). The Epupa falls are made up of a series of smaller waterfalls, varying in height between 1 - 15 meters.
The name Epupa comes from the Herero language and describes the spray created by the falls.

Augrabies Falls

The Augrabies falls are the on the Orange river in South Africa in the Augrabies National Park, near the border to Namibia. With a height of 56 metres and a width of 24 metres it is the 6th largest waterfall in the world. Its name comes from the KhoiSan name Aukoerebies, meaning “place of great noise”.

Tugela Falls

The Tugela river makes 5 consecutive leaps down the amphitheatre wall, totalling 948 meters, properbly making this waterfall the world’s second highest. It is located in Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensberg, South Africa. Two hiking trails (6.4km & 7km) lead up to the falls. A round trip will take 4.5 to 8 hours, depending on level of fitness.

Panorama Route

A motorbike ride along this scenic route, locally known as bikers' paradise, is an unforgettable experience. Stops along the way include Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Pinnacle, and various waterfalls: Lisbon falls, Berlin falls, Mac Mac falls… A must for every biking enthusiast!
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