Do you know that there are many waterfalls in Nigeria? Oh, how I love to visit waterfalls! The feeling of putting my legs in the water and absorbing my environment is the perfect way for me to spend my time.
If you leave me, I could go on and on about how I love visiting waterfalls. However, that is not why I have decided to write this article.
Today, I want to focus on highlighting some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nigeria. Some time ago, a friend of mine said that Nigeria didn’t have more than 2 waterfalls. What!? You can tell that I went into defense mode immediately as I have been to a good number of waterfalls in the country.
Sadly, I’ve seen that many people also have this perception. So, come with me, and let’s explore and see the various waterfalls in Nigeria.
15 Beautiful waterfalls in Nigeria
Nigeria is one of the most beautiful places to see in Africa. There is so much to see. From the beautiful beaches in Lagos to the lovely nature parks as well as waterfalls. There are a lot of beautiful waterfalls in Nigeria you sure will love to see. Below are the top most beautiful waterfalls in Nigeria to add to your bucket ASAP.
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1. Agbokim Waterfall
When anyone thinks of Cross River state, the first thing that comes to mind would be Obudu Ranch or Tinapa. During my last trip to Obudu Ranch, I learned about the Agbokim Waterfall located in one of the nearby local governments.
I didn’t need anyone to tell me to add visiting this place to my itinerary. You can imagine my delight when I saw this 100-foot waterfall. Interestingly, it is also close to the Nigeria-Cameroon border.
It is one of the best hiking spots in that area, and you will always see people when you visit it. If you are looking to reach this place from Calabar, the capital city, you are looking at a four-hour drive.
2. Ezeagu Waterfall
Enugu has a reputation for being one of the most interesting cities in Nigeria, especially in the southeast region. I had heard so much about this place, and I was set to visit and explore it for myself.
Getting into the town, the locals were quick to introduce me to Okpa, one of the indigenous meals. Nowadays, I’m always looking for anyone coming from Enugu to help me with Enugu Okpa.
The residents of this place boast of the Ezeagu waterfall. It is one of the fun areas for tourists visiting the state. It also makes an excellent picnic location. I almost didn’t feel like leaving when I visited this place.
3. Arinta Waterfall
Located in Ekiti state is the Arinta waterfall. It is a delightful place for both the locals and tourists visiting the state.
One thing I loved about this waterfall is that it had 7 cascades. My friends and I were eager to make it to the highest level. Typically, most visitors would only stop on the first level.
Well, I can tell you that we had fun trying to get to other levels of the waterfall. I wouldn’t tell you the cascade I reached. But when you visit this place, take it as a challenge and come back to drop a comment on the level you reached.
4. Karu Waterfall
Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful waterfalls you can visit in Nigeria is the Karu waterfall. And you can find this place in Abuja.
When compared to the Arinta waterfall, this one is not that high. It has three layers and it isn’t hard to climb them. However, you still need to be cautious as the steps are steep. But I can assure you that you would have fun at this place.
I also enjoyed feeding my eyes on the environment as everywhere looked clean and beautiful. You can enjoy scenic views and also engage in hiking if you desire.
5. Barup Waterfall
Although not as popular as other waterfalls, the Barup waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nigeria. Interestingly, many people also mistake the location of this waterfall. Some people would say that it is in Abuja.
I also thought so initially. However, when I got to Abuja, I began disturbing my Abuja friends about this place. They clarified to me that the waterfall is in Taraba.
I’ve personally not had the chance to explore this waterfall yet. But I’ve heard lots of positive reviews about it and the pictures are also breathtaking. I cannot say yet, but I may be visiting this waterfall in a few months.
6. Erin Ijesha Waterfall
See, just get your camera ready when you are visiting the Erin Ijesha waterfall as you will fall in love with the waterfall. Not only is it a beautiful waterfall in Nigeria, but it is also one of the most popular waterfalls in Nigeria.
It also shouldn’t be surprising that you have to pay a gate fee to access this place. The price is 1000 naira for adults and 500 naira for children. I have been to this place more times than I can count, and it is always a unique experience each time I visit it.
If you’re lucky to go there as a group, you’d enjoy the hiking experience. You can also check out other fun things to do in Osun state like a visit to Osun Oshogbo grove, Nike art gallery, Osun, etc.
7. Matsirga Waterfall
This is another beautiful waterfall in Nigeria. I have been fantasizing about it for the longest time, but have yet to visit it.
From the waterfall to the environment and the community, there is almost nothing you would not love about this place. It has four cascades and everything about it is giving. It gives the perfect backdrop for your pictures and you’ll find yourself loving all angles.
I’m sure you’re wondering how I know all of this about the waterfall. Well, I have friends that have visited this place and I hope to visit it soon and get my own experience.
If you ever find yourself in Kaduna, ensure that you visit this waterfall.
8. Ogba Ukwu Waterfall
I was impressed when I visited this waterfall in Anambra state. It showed me that Nigerians know how to convert something cultural into something historic.
There are unique stories surrounding this place, and I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun for you. However, keep in mind that it is a combination of both a cave and a waterfall. If you haven’t guessed already, you can be sure that I explored the cave while there.
The thrill that comes with being in this place is one that you would hardly find in another place. I loved my experience at this place and I recommend it to everyone
9. Osome Waterfall
Osome is another waterfall in Nigeria that many people do not know about. It is located in Kogi state.
When I visited this place, I noticed that the water started from a stream. Then, it went down through the rocks and formed a waterfall.
The atmosphere of this place is one thing I loved. It was as if I was as free as a bird in this place without any worries. I didn’t want to leave this place and look forward to more visits to this waterfall.
If you are looking for a calm place to relax in Kogi state, this is the place for you.
10. Sassa Waterfall
The location of this waterfall may be one of the reasons why many people do not know about it. It is a waterfall in Adamawa state and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nigeria. From the first time I saw the pictures of this place online, my tourism antennas were up and I was eager to visit it.
Going to this waterfall was my first time in Adamawa state and I absolutely loved it. From the waterfall experience to the food and the warm welcome by the locals, it felt like a home away from home.
11. Owu Waterfall
I can’t talk about waterfalls in Nigeria without mentioning Owu waterfall in Kwara state. Many people might not know, but it is the highest waterfall in west Africa. Yes, the highest waterfall in West Africa is in Nigeria!
Hiking and taking a dip in the pool before are some of the things people do at this waterfall. They make it more interesting by turning it into competitions. You might not be visiting this place with the mindset of entering into competitive games. However, it would be hard to resist these games when you are there.
My best advice is that you should visit Owu waterfall with an open mindset and you will have lots of fun. I will also recommend you visit the University of Ilori zoo. Although I wish it would be worked on due to its failing state. Also, you can check out other fun things to do in Ilorin, Kwara state.
12. Gurara Waterfall
This waterfall in Niger state is a fun spot for everyone who lives within the area. People always make out time to go and feast their eyes on this beauty. And some of them even use it as a location for parties.
I was in awe the day I visited this waterfall as I saw people using it as a picnic spot. You would easily spot various groups, and you’re welcome to join any of them.
Even if you want to hike within the area, you would find people willing to engage in this activity. It is an encompassing fun place.
13. Farin Ruwa Waterfall
Some people say that this waterfall is in Nasarawa state. Others say it is in Plateau state. It is because the waterfall sits on the border between both states. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nigeria that everyone needs to see.
Sadly, because of its location, not a lot of people know about this waterfall. I have heard wonderful comments about it and have it on my list of places to visit soon.
If you ever find yourself close to this place, do not hesitate to visit the waterfall. I’m sure that the experience will leave a smile on your face.
14. Amanagwo Waterfall
Abia state is also not left out of states that have beautiful waterfalls in Nigeria. It is a wonder why the government doesn’t push this tourist spot as much as other places do to their waterfall. However, I love to discover and uncover these things, which is why I am writing about this waterfall.
Hopefully, you will love it as much as I do.
15. Oferekpe Waterfall
You will find this waterfall somewhere in Ebonyi state. People use it as a spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. It has a great environment to relax and reflect. I absolutely loved the time I spent exploring this face. Also, I’ve never heard negative reviews about it.
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