Kalandula Falls belong to the largest waterfalls of Africa. This waterfall is 410 m wide and (possibly) up to 105 m tall.
Name in Portuguese
Average annual flow
Map of the site
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Falls have formed on Lucala river, the largest tributary of Kwanza.
The stream of this horseshoe shaped waterfall is divided into countless smaller trickles by the crevices and boulders at the rim of falls. As a result, Kalandula Falls have their own, very special beauty, they differ from any other large waterfall in the world. The stream is eroding the cliff, large boulders and smaller rubble often falls down together with water.
Tourist handbooks often mention that falls are 105 m (or a bit more) tall. In images, this waterfall though seems lower.
The eternal vapour of falls has sustained a small oasis of rainforest around the river. In the rainy periods (February to April) this waterfall is especially impressive – then the stream becomes powerful, falls are up to 580 m wide. Mist of falls then is seen from afar.
Although Kalandula Falls belong to the most spectacular falls of the world, there are no ticket offices, railings, souvenirs, and hordes of tourists.
It has not been like this in earlier times – earlier here operated a hotel with carefully moved lawn up to the rim of falls. Before the independence of Angola in 1975 falls were named after the Duke of Braganza – one of the highest titles of Portuguese nobility.
- Kalandula Falls, World Waterfall Database. Accessed in 08.07.2013.
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