Boali Falls belong to the best known landmarks in Central African Republic. This impressive waterfall is some 50 m high and 250 m wide.

Boali Falls have formed on M’Bari River and fall down from a nearly vertical cliff of schist.

Boali Falls, Central African Republic
Boali Falls / Philippe Jimenez, / copyleft Art Libre

Numerous smaller trickles of water fall down along the wide cliff and trees grow among them but in the rainy season the stream becomes powerful and falls are very impressive.

There are built hydroelectric power plants upstreams and downstreams from the falls. These plants supply the capital of the country – Bangui – with electric power. Due to this the stream is scarce in weekdays but in Sundays the dam is opened and falls become more impressive.

Boali Falls at low water, Central African Republic
Boali Falls at low water / Philippe Jimenez, / copyleft Art Libre

Small cluster of tourist industry operates here – near the top of falls is located hotel and restaurant. There is built small platform and steps to provide better view of falls, small fee should be paid for visit.

Boali Falls on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates: 4.8747 N 18.0485 E
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: 3.5 out of 10 stars
Where is located? Africa, Central African Republic, Ombella-M’Poko, upstreams from Boali town
Height: 50 m
Width: 250 m
Average flow: 20 m³ (much less in dry season)
Stream: M’bari (M’bali)

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