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Waterfalls of Southern Africa

Road Adventures | 24 April

Travelling through South Africa and Lesotho, I have had the privilege of photographing 8 waterfalls in these 2 beautiful countries. Each encompassing a unique splendour, these falling masses of water really accentuate our African landscape and are incredible to capture.

IMGL2663 1. KARKLOOF FALLS

This grand waterfall is in Kwa-Zulu Natal, roughly an hour drive from Howick. It is 98m high and is easily accessible from the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve- provided you are driving a 4×4!

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2. LISBON FALLS

This plunge waterfall near Graskop, Mpumalanga is 92 metres high and boasts a beautiful view over the surrounding areas of Pilgrims Rest. It lies within the popular Panorama Route, which encompasses some breath-taking scenery around Mpumalanga.

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3. MALETSUNYANE WATERFALL

Lesotho’s largest waterfall and the highest single drop waterfall in Southern Africa at 192 metres. It falls along the Semonkong River and is a 120 kilometre drive from Maseru. Absailing is offered from the Semonkong Lodge and is famous for holding the Guinness World Record as the highest commercial abseiling point in the world at 210 metres.

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4. TUGELA FALLS

Tugela Falls is accepted as the worlds second highest waterfall. The total drop of 5 free leaping falls is 948 metres. It is located in the Drakensburg, in Royal Natal National Park and can only be viewed after heavy rain.

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5. AUGRABIES FALLS

This waterfall is roughly 60 metres high and is awe-inspiring when the river is at full flow. It is situated within the Augrabies Falls National Park, 120 kilometres West of Upington, Northern Cape.

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6. GRASKOP FALLS

This waterfall sits 1 kilometre outside the town of Graskop and is 70 metres high. Depending on rain, it can be just a trickle of water.

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7. MAC MAC FALLS

These twin falls are roughly 70 metres in height and are situated 20 kilometres north of Sabie.

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8. HOWICK FALLS

This waterfall is believed by the Sangomas to have sacred, mystical qualities and inhabited by a giant, serpent-like creature. Just 24 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg, the waterfall boasts a height of 111 metres.