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Lamadaya - base of waterfalls. Somalia
Lamadaya – base of waterfalls / Abdirisak, / CC BY-SA 3.0

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There are many waterfalls – perennial and persistent – in Cal Madow mountains. One of most impressive is Lamadaya, one of the rare waterfalls which flows throughout the year.

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GPS coordinates
10.9902 N 48.5434 E (mistake up to 5,500 m)
Location, address
Africa, Somalia, Sanaag district, precipice of Cal Madow mountains
Alternate names
Lama Daya, Lama Daye
Aroor Gob?

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Lamadaya - the tallest cascade
Lamadaya – the tallest cascade / Abdirisak, / CC BY-SA 3.0

The name of this waterfall could be translated from Somali as "not to be looked at" – because falls are on a high hill, falling from a great height.

This waterfall has several cascades. One vertical cascade is especially high, in excess of 100 m. At the base of cascades have formed plunge pools but cliffs are covered with tufa formations left by the evaporating water.

Lamadaya - another cascade
Lamadaya – another cascade / Abdirisak, / CC BY-SA 3.0

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Cal Madow mountains, Somalia
Cal Madow mountains / Abdirisak, , public domain

Wonders of Somalia

Last decades have been very hard for Somalia. The country has experienced devastating civil war and poverty, there is a possibility that this large country will divide into smaller countries.

These events have "closed" Somalia for general tourism and most people in the world don’t realize how incredibly rich is the cultural heritage of this country.

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, Wikimedia Commons / public domain


Some of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

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Semuc Champey. / Esmée Winnubst, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Spring tufa, travertine, and other formations

This category includes very diverse landmarks that have one thing in common: all of them are created by springs that are depositing chemical sediments – silica, carbonates, salt, or other chemical compounds.

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