These days, one of the perfect places for relaxation is a waterfall. Our country is rich in amazing and unique waterfalls. So, let’s look through the top 10 waterfalls in Nigeria and their locations!
Actually, Nigeria is blessed with gorgeous waterfalls and you have to visit them at least once. What is more, some of them are situated within your state or the neighboring states so you do not have to worry about travelling too far.
A waterfall is a natural downfall of river water down a cliff. It is a tremendous cascade of fresh water flowing down high cliffs into a larger river or sea. You should know that waterfalls are excellent spots for social entertainments such as parties, picnics, video and photo sessions, academic investigations, etc.
So, let’s look through the most famous waterfalls in Nigeria together!
1) The Matsirga Waterfall
The Matsirga Waterfall is situated in Kafanchan in Kaduna State in the Northern part of Nigeria. The cascade derives its source from the springs of water above Kagoro hills and it cascades off the cliffs to about 25 meters below to a pool that flows off into the surrounding hills. The waterfall is a combination of four different waterfalls streaming down in a picturesque fashion that continues to fascinate all tourists who visit the site.
2) The Obudu Waterfall
The Obudu Waterfall is not as big or large as the other waterfalls in Nigeria, but still, it represents a fascinating sight at the Obudu Mountain close to the Obudu Cattle Ranch resort in the Eastern part of Nigeria. Being a natural resort, wild animals such as gorillas, monkeys, and rare birds usually visit this waterfall for a drink. This makes it more fascinating to visitors who like to have photo sessions and picnics around the area.
3) The Kwa Waterfall
The Kwa Waterfall is situated in the Cross River National Park and derives its source from the Kwa River not too far from Calabar, the state’s capital. The tropical position of this waterfall amidst the rain forest and vegetative park makes it a delight to visitors who want to explore it at any time of the year. You will enjoy the foaming waterfall if you happen to visit it during the rainy season when most of the river is overflowing.
4) The Agbokim Waterfall
The Agbokim Waterfall is situated nearly 315 kilometers from Calabar in Cross-River State of Nigeria. It is about 17 kilometers from Ikom, the nearest village in Etung LGA and very close to the Nigerian-Cameroon border. The alluring and captivating serenity of the waterfall makes it a first choice among tourists from neighboring states, and many visitors have been lucky to catch a rainbow across the aura of the waterfall at specific times of the year.
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5) The Assop Waterfall
The Assop Waterfall is situated in Plateau State and about 64 kilometers from Jos, the capital of the state. This waterfall is along the Jos-Abuja road, and what is more, it is one of the best natural attractions for tourists and fun-lovers in the Northern-Central part of Nigeria. The Assop Waterfall is perfect for picnicking, bird-watching, sightseeing, swimming, and other social entertainments during festive seasons.
6) The Owu Waterfall
The next one is the Owu Waterfall, which is situated in Ifelodun LGA of Kwara State, Nigeria. It is one of the most charming waterfalls to visit in the South-Western part of Nigeria. By the way, this cascade is renowned for a waterfall of nearly 330 feet on to a craggy detection of hills and rich vegetation’s that attract visitors. The streaming splash of water is cool and can be a fun place to enjoy a bath.
7) The Awhum Waterfall
The Awhum Waterfall is situated along the Enugu-9th Mile highway and about 30 minutes’ drive from Enugu State in the Eastern part of Nigeria. This area is protected by a nearby Catholic Monastery, so people do not destroy its beaut. This waterfall is supplied by an uninterrupted river stream that flows down a rugged cliff and through a gorgeous forest. This place is the best one to visit in Enugu for social and tourism delights.
8) The Gurara Waterfall
The Gurara Waterfall is situated nearly 3 kilometers off the Minna-Suleja road and about 30 minutes’ drive from the nation’s capital, Abuja. This waterfall has a breadth of about 200 meters and cascades down a drop of 30 meters during the rainy season. The strength of the waterfall decreases in the dry season when all rainfalls come to an end. The waterfall seems to form a branch of the Gurara River, which is an inflow of the famous river Niger. This waterfall is perfect for social picnics, academic researches, photo and video sessions, bird-watching, etc.
9) The Farin Ruwa Waterfall
The Farin Ruwa Waterfall is situated at the border of Bokkos LGA in Plateau State and Wamba LGA of Nassarawa State of Nigeria. Basically, Farin Ruwa means “white waters” in Hausa language. This spot happens to be the source where some table-water companies’ come to bottle water for marketing. This waterfall streams from a 150-meter high cliff and represents a charming greatness of natural beauty that fascinates all tourists in this area. The volcanic rocks and granite terrain of the area makes it perfect for climbing and research among other social purposes.
10) The Erin-Ijesha Waterfall
The Erin-Ijesha Waterfall is also known as Olumirin waterfall – what means “another deity”. This natural waterfall is situated in Erin-Ijesha town of Osun State in the South-Western part of Nigeria. This waterfall is along the Efon Ridge along the Ilesha-Akure expressway, and within the community axis of Erin-Oke, Erin-Ijesha, and Erinmo. The spectacular thing about this waterfall is that it is an assemblage of 7 distinct waterfalls falling alongside one another from the top cliffs of the rock, cascading down into a pool of river that runs into canopies of lush vegetation.
Well, now you have the list of the most famous waterfall names and you can also see a short description for each of them. So, now you know where to go for an excursion and what waterfall to choose to take picturesque photos.