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Waterfalls in South Africa - Delightful Cascades

You get an impressive number of waterfalls in South Africa. If you are planning your next trip there, then make sure to at least visit one of them.


Tugela Falls

The Tugela is the highest waterfall in Africa and the second highest in the world. Located in Drakensberg the magnificent Tugela Falls drops 950 meters. 'Tugela' translates to the word 'sudden' or 'startling'. During winter the Tugela Falls freezes and form ice pillars, this is actually a strange sight in sunny South Africa. The Tugela Falls is formed by the Mont-Aux-Sources which is located a couple of kilometers away from it. There are plenty of paths to get to the falls. The common trek to reach the waterfall is on the top of Mont Aux Sources but this is quite a difficult trek upstream. The route following the Tugela River is more manageable.


Howick Falls

The Howick Falls is in the quiet town of Howick, which became famous for its waterfall. The Howick Falls is part of the stretch between Pietermaritzburg to the Drakensberg Mountains, which is a key tourist attraction. This stretch is home to rich forests, rivers, dams, lakes and of course waterfalls. At the Howick Falls visitors also get a glimpse of the Umengi River, which flows down to the Indian Ocean. The Howick Falls is known to have a soothing sound, which gives one a sense of peace. The walk to the waterfall is convenient and an hour's trek will get you there. Many people picnic around the waterfall, there is a platform, which gives a spectacular view of the waterfall and enjoying a meal there is a great experience. You also get a lot of local art and craft stores around the Howick Falls. You can get some fine Zulu arts and crafts as well as antiques to take home from these shops.


Maletsunyane Falls

The Maletsunyane Falls is in Lesotho. It is one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Africa. At the end of the fall, there's a lot of smoke when the water cascades down 186 meters into the valley. The name of the town Semonkong or 'site of smoke' is named after the Maletsunyane Falls. There are special qualities of the waterfall including the natural setting of the falls along the tall cliff walls. During winter the Maletsunyane forms massive icicles, since the sun does not shine to the foot of the waterfall, the ice doesn't melt until the beginning of summer. The Maletsunyane Falls is one of the top attractions in the area and you find plenty of Lesotho hotels for accommodation here and AVANI Hotels and Resorts is one of them.


Augrabies Falls

The Augrabies waterfall is one of the most impressive falls in South Africa. Cascading from the Orange River in South Africa this waterfall is 200 feet in height. Originally the waterfall was named 'Ankoerebis' which means a place of big noises however later the name changed to Augrabies. There is a deep pool at the end of the waterfall, which is almost impossible to reach. There are several legends linked to this pool as some believe there is a fortune of diamonds in it while others believe the Loch Ness Monster of South Africa lives in it!