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Lobé Falls

Lobé Falls, Cameroon
Lobé Falls / Brian Smithson, Wikimedia Commons / public domain

WorldBlue  In short

Lobé Falls belong to the very small number of waterfalls discharging directly into the sea.

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GPS coordinates
2.8823 N 9.8975 E
Location, address
Africa, Cameroon, South, at the beach 7 km south from Kribi
Name in French
Chutes de la Lobé
10 – 17 m
˜ 270 m

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Lobé Falls, Cameroon
Lobé Falls / cylc, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Area around the falls and falls themselves is scenic destination with idyllic beach, which is adorned with palm trees. Two species of sea turtles come to nest in this beach – leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).

Falls are much less impressive (but taller) in the dry period of the year, but in the rainy period, in October – November falls are at their best – then Lobé River brings much water from the vast rainforest of South Cameroon Plateau.

Lobé Falls, Cameroon
Lobé Falls / Brian Smithson, Wikimedia Commons / public domain

To local people – Batanga, Maabi, Pygmies – waterfall is sacred site, a place of purification and meeting with the spirits of ancestors. There are reports about Pygmy healers pushing their patients under the falling water in order to purify them. Lobé Falls have been used in inthronisation rituals of Batanga kings who meet the spirits of their ancestors here.

Over the last decades the area around the falls has changed. Village at the falls is growing and more tourists arrive. Humans have started to encroach on the rainforest on plateau, thus diminishing the amount of water in the stream. Nevertheless Lobé Falls belong to the most beautiful natural landmarks in Cameroon.

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  • Crater lakes. Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun got the dubious world fame of "lakes – killers" in the 1980s, when they exploded, emitting huge clouds of carbon dioxide. Other crater lakes may also have gas in their sediments but are unusual due to unique ecosystems – each of them has a whole collection of water animals that are not found anywhere else in the world.
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