Waterfalls are part of myths and legends around the world. The sheer power of the crashing water inspires awe and mystery

Sunny South Africa has its fair share of exquisite waterfalls throughout the country. Here are four of the most spectacular – be sure to visit them all!

The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are some of the most unique formations in the world. This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon which is the third largest canyon in the world. The canyon’s Kadishi Tufa waterfall is just one of the spectacular natural sites in the area.

The Tugela Falls can be reached while hiking in the Drakensberg. The falls are almost 950 metres tall, and will certainly take your breath away! It is generally accepted as the world’s second-tallest waterfall, but some believe that the falls are actually the tallest in the world, rather than Venezuela’s Angel Falls.

Tugela Waterfall at the top of Sentinel Hike, Drakensberg (Copyright : Robin Runck 123rf.com)

The Howick Falls near the Midmar Dam in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands (known as the ‘place of many waterfalls’) is a wonderful escape from busy city life. Local people named the falls ‘KwaNogqaza’ – the ‘place of the tall one’ – as the waterfall is 95 metres! Many myths and legends surround the pool at the base of the falls.

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Howick Falls, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Copyright : Grobler Du Preez (123rf.com)


On the Wild Coast is a particularly rare kind of waterfall, Waterfall Bluff, one of only a few waterfalls in the world which falls straight into the ocean. A must-see experience for any nature lover, this waterfall is situated near Cathedral Rock. Cathedral Rock is an exquisite natural rock formation which has been eroded by the ocean, leaving a circular hole in a massive cliff.

The thunderous Augrabies Falls was called the ‘place of great noise’ or ‘Aukoerebis’ by the Khoi people. It plummets into the 18km long abyss of the Orange River Gorge.

The main Augrabies waterfall at sunset, Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Copyright : Grobler Du Preez (123rf.com)


Did you know that there’s a spectacular waterfall right near the city of Johannesburg? The cliff from which the Witpoortjie Waterfall in the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens flows is also home to a famous pair of nesting black eagles.

Other spectacular waterfalls in South Africa

These are just six of the waterfalls in South Africa. There are numerous others including Algeria Waterfall, Gifberg Waterfall, Hartebeespoort Dam Waterfall, Lisbon Falls, Mac-Mac Falls, Paradise Valley, Witpoortjie Waterfall, Elands River Falls and Lone Creek Falls.

Which waterfall would you most like to visit?