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5 Breathtaking Nigeria Waterfalls You Should Visit in 2022

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Written by See Africa Today

Human beings have a distinct relationship with scenic beauty, which explains why people travel for adventure. And a good number of tourists travel from all over the world to see Nigeria waterfalls.

A waterfall is a point in a stream or river where the water flows over a vertical drop such as a hill, clip or rock. It provides a beautiful scene to the eyes. They are among the leading tourist attraction sites in the world.

The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela. Its beautiful scenery pulls travellers from far and wide. But, you need not travel all the way to South America because Nigeria’s waterfalls serve you the same thrill.

How Many Waterfalls are in Nigeria?

There are more than 55 waterfalls in Nigeria. Erin Ijesha waterfall is the most popular. It is more than 20 metres high and provides a stunning backdrop which amazes many people.

Other well-known Nigeria waterfalls include Gurara Waterfalls, Owu Waterfalls, Farin Ruwa Waterfalls and Assop Waterfalls.

Nigeria Waterfalls

Nigeria Waterfalls. Photo/Wikipedia

What is the Biggest Waterfall in Nigeria?

Farin Ruwa Waterfalls is the tallest and with no doubt the biggest waterfall in Nigeria. It has a height of 492 feet and is one of the most significant waterfalls in West Africa.

Nigeria’s popular Nasarawa State is the source of the water flowing in this iconic waterfall. It has higher than that of Victoria Falls with a height of 108 metres.

What Waterfalls are in Nigeria?

The beauty about Nigeria waterfalls is that they dot nearly every corner of expansive Nigeria. So, you can always enjoy the untold scenic beauty of this West African country.

Here are the most popular waterfalls in Nigeria.

1. Erin Ijesha Waterfalls

Erin Ijesha waterfall is also known as Olumirin. It’s among the most popular waterfalls in Nigeria located in Osun State with seven-level drops.  A cascading height of 20 metres characterizes this waterfall.

2. Gurara Waterfalls

Gurara waterfalls is also popular and among the frequently visited Nigeria waterfalls. It sits in the northern part of Nigeria in Niger State.

With its 200 metres wide and 99 feet tall stature, Gurara forms two major streams as it flows. The two streams are only accessible during the dry season.

3. Matsirga Waterfalls

Matsirga waterfalls spruce up Kaduna State in northern Nigeria. The waterfall, which is 25 metres high, falls deep into a gorge surrounded by beautiful vegetation and rocks.

4. Awhum Waterfalls

Awhum waterfalls is magical and have a breathtaking allure. It is one of the gorgeous sceneries in the eastern part of Nigeria dotted by rugged cliffs.

5. Arinta Waterfalls

Arinta waterfalls is in Ekiti State in South West of Nigeria. A serene environment surrounding it makes it a top destination for wanderlusts.

Other Nigeria waterfalls include;

  • Agbokim
  • Assop
  • Mayanka
  • Ezeagu
  • Ngwo
  • Kura
  • Barup
  • Upper Usoma
  • Nwaekpu
Nigeria waterfalls

Nigeria waterfalls: Niagara falls. Photo/Niagarafalls state Park

Is it Safe to Visit Nigeria Waterfalls?

It is safe to visit the Nigeria waterfalls. There are tour guides who help tourists easily move around the vicinity of the falls. Nevertheless, tourists are urged to remain at ease and be compliant with the guidelines given by their tour guides.

Where is the Biggest Waterfall in Africa?

Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is the biggest waterfall in Africa. It has a width of 1,708 metres and a height of 108 metres. Locals nicknamed the falls ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ loosely translating to ‘The Smoke That Thunders’.

A thick cloud of mist billows at the falls and soaks everything within its distance of reach. The mist is from the deep and intense fall of water beneath.

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