Tallest Waterfalls in the Continent of Africa

Africa is the world’s biggest continent, with vast swaths of desert and woodland, as well as a wide variety of species. Some of the world’s highest waterfalls may be found in the region, and the region’s dense forest has encouraged the formation of many of the world’s tallest waterfalls. Tugela Falls is Africa’s highest waterfall, leaping 3,110 feet over Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall (979 feet). We’ve compiled a list of the 19 tallest waterfalls in Africa, complete with official height measurements. Waterfall types include Plunge, Horsetails, Tiered, and Tiered Plunge.

Tugela Falls
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The list of tallest waterfalls in Africa

RankName of WaterfallsHeightLocationCategoryDrops
1Tugela Falls3,110 ft (948 m)Kwazulu Natal, South AfricaTiered Plunges5
2Ndedema Falls2,000 ft (610 m)Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
3Jinbar Waterfall1,640 ft (500 m)EthiopiaPlunge
4Mutarazi Falls1,572 ft (479 m)Manicaland, ZimbabweTiered Horsetails2
5Vivienne Falls1,500 ft (457 m)KenyaHorsetail4
6Gura Falls1,000 ft (305 m)Kenya3
7Riandahy984 ft (300 m)Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
8Karuru Falls894 ft (272 m)KenyaPlunge3
9Rianbavy820 ft (250 m)Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar1
10Kambadaga, Chutes de818 ft (249m)Guinea3
11Pungwe Falls797 ft (243m)Nyanga, Zimbabwe
12Kalambo Falls726 ft (221m)Northern Zambia, ZambiaPlunge1
13Maletsunyane Falls630 ft (192m)LesothoPlunge1
14Tuckers Falls600 ft (183m)Zimbabwe
15Izi Falls590 ft (180m)Northern Province, Zambia2
16Lofoi, Chutes540 ft (165m)Katanga, CongoPlunge1
17Mfihelo Falls519 ft (158m)Eastern Cape, South Africa
18Fincha Fwafwate508 ft (155m)Ethiopia1
19Martins Falls500 ft (152)MozambiqueTiered Plunges2

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