Wondering where to go on your next vacation trip? Why not visit a waterfall and spend time with nature? You don’t have to travel outside Nigeria to do that as there are so many beautiful waterfalls in Nigeria. Check out the top 10 waterfalls in Nigeria below;
1. Gurara Falls
Gurara Falls is about 30 meters high and was discovered by Buba, a Gwari hunter, in 1745. The waterfall was named after two gods, ‘Gura’ and ‘Rara,’ who were originally worshiped by the locals who offered sacrifices to the fall in exchange for answered prayers. In 1925 it was transformed to a recreational area. During the rainy season, the waterfall is raging, but during the dry season, it is calm and ideal for a swim. Gurara waterfall is located in Gurara, Niger State.
2. Owu Waterfalls
You’ll find the Owu waterfalls in Kwara State, Owu Isin Local Government. It has been regarded as one of West Africa’s highest and most stunning natural waterfalls. The waterfall flows 330 feet down an escarpment with rocky outcrops to a pool of ice cold water below, creating a stunning environment and a pleasant ambience for tourists. Owu Falls, which spans 200 meters and is always at its best during the rainy season. Its ideal location and unforgettable holiday experience make it an ideal place for your next vacation.
3. Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls
In Erin-Ijesha in Osun State, you’ll find Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls. To many, it’s the most popular waterfall in Nigeria. It’s believed that in 1140 AD, one of Oduduwa’s daughters discovered the waterfalls. Others also say that hunters discovered the waterfall in 1140 AD. The fall has seven levels, the highest of which is the settlement of Abake. The locals in Abake consider the waterfall to be a spiritual spot where they can purify their souls. At one time, the place was the scene of festivals and sacrifices.
4. Kwa Falls
The Kwa Falls are an extension of the Kwa River and are located in Anegeje village in the Akamkpa LGA of Cross River State. It’s lovely rivers tumble over basement rocks in the Cross River National Park. The Kwa Falls run into a canopy of tropical rainforest and mangrove forest rich in Mahogany, Ebony, and Spruce trees, creating a magnificent panorama. The river is reported to originate in the Cross River National Park’s Oban Hills and run south to the Cross River estuary. Tourists and visitors to Calabar flock to the Kwa Falls all year long to see its breathtaking beauty.
5. Agbokim Falls
Seven streams form the Agbokim Waterfalls, a stunning cascade of fresh water falling down the high rock into the lovely tropical jungle. Hence the nickname ‘seven-faced’ wonder. It is surrounded by lush greenery and rugged hills. Agbokim Waterfalls, a popular tourist destination in Cross Rivers State, boasts beautiful landscape. This waterfall will leave you speechless with its radiant beauty and quiet setting, as well as the exhilaration of nature’s majesty. Without a doubt, this is the perfect place for a romantic break in Mother Nature’s loving arms. It’s also an excellent place for a picnic.
6. Kura Falls
Kurra Falls is a beautiful landscape with slopes and lakes that is ideal for sculling, outdoor activities, and rock climbing among other things. It is the ideal getaway spot for those seeking respite from the stresses of metropolitan life or simply wanting to take in the beauty of nature. The Kurra waterfalls are located in a beautiful setting around 77 kilometers southeast of Jos. This resulted as a result of the tin mining operations that took place in the area. It is also the site of the state’s first hydroelectric power station, which was built there in 1908. The Kurra Falls are located along the Jos-Pankshin route, approximately 20 kilometers east of Barkin-Ladi.
7. Arinta Waterfalls
The Erinta Waterfalls in Ipole-Iloro are about 6 kilometers north of Ikogosi. The Ikogosi Tourist Center is located on the road leading to the fall. There are three distinct escarpments in the area and it is surrounded by a dense, evergreen forest. The Arinta waterfalls are a spectacular sight to see, cascading from enormous heights down steep slopes to form a flowing pool of spring water amidst lush forest foliage. They are located in Ipole-Iloro, Ekiti, and are a renowned tourist attraction that attracts both local and international visitors.
8. Matsirga Falls
The Matsirga waterfalls are located about 227 kilometers south of Kaduna in Batadon, a tiny village in Advwan district of Fantswam chiefdom. The waterfall cascades down from a 30 meter high cliff into a canyon lined by boulders. Matsirga Waterfalls pours down four natural funnels from a vertical rock wall. It stands around 30 meters tall and ends in a big plunge pool. The creek that feeds the falls is known as “the River Wonderful” by locals. The Matsirga waterfalls’ surroundings have been described as having “exceptional natural beauty that is both calm and breathtakingly gorgeous.”
9. Farin Ruwa Falls
Farin Ruwa waterfalls originate from an astonishing height of over 150 metres, making it the highest waterfall in Nigeria and one of the most stunning waterfalls on the planet. It has a total water capacity of around 50 cubic metres, according to the manufacturer. Because of the whitish appearance of the water spray, the Hausa name ‘Farin Ruwa,’ which translates as ‘White Water,’ was given to the waterfall. It is located roughly 30 kilometers from Wamba and 120 kilometers from Lafia, the state capital of Nasarawa State, this waterfall is a must-see for everyone visiting the area.
10. Assop Falls
Assop Waterfall is a natural waterfall located at the bottom of the famed Hawan Kibo, a rocky uneven slope that stretches for a long distance below the immediate village and is named for it. The Assop Falls are in Plateau State, around 64 kilometers from Jos, the state capital. The waterfall is located along the Jos-Abuja route and is one of the top natural attractions in north-central Nigeria for tourists and fun-seekers.
You can visit any of these waterfalls for your next holiday and thank me later.