Most tourists know about the nearby Howick Falls but even more impressive are the Karkloof Falls.
Map of the site
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It is not quite clear how high are Karkloof Falls – some sources mention 88 meters but some – 105 meters and many – something in between.
Nevertheless, this is a true, grand waterfall The Karkloof stream here falls into a free fall until it hits a narrow ledge close to the base of the falls. During the winter falls become weaker but after a thunderstorm, in summer the waterfall becomes very impressive.
Falls have formed on the sandstone of the Vryheid Formation (the Permian period).
If compared to the nearby Howick Falls, Karkloof Falls seem to be taller, more spectacular, and more pristine. And, the best: the stream is quite clean!
The name of the stream originates from Afrikaans and means “ravine of the cart”. According to a local story, a heavily laden cart overturned in this stream sometime around 1845. The cart stayed there for a long time and thus the stream (and waterfall) got its name.
Early settlers in this area considered this to be the most beautiful waterfall “in the land”. This is quite an achievement: there are many beautiful waterfalls in the Midlands indeed!
Some 500 meters above is another waterfall in the river – the 9 – 10 m tall Woodhouse Falls.
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