Waterfall has formed on Maletsunyane – tributary of Orange Rive, which falls over the ledge of Triassic – Jurassic basalt.
Often it is erroneously stated that this beautiful waterfall is the tallest (or second tallest) free falling waterfall in this part of Africa. This is not true: for example, the longest drop of Tugela Falls (South Africa) is 411 m tall, Kalambo Falls (Zambia) are 221 – 235 m tall.
Nevertheless Maletsunyane Falls have special qualities – natural setting of falls among tall cliff walls is very impressive, there opens a fine view on waterfall.
In winter the waterfall often is adorned with enormous icicles. Sun does not shine at the foot of waterfall – thus the ice stays there up to the early summer.
The first European to see these falls was French missionary François Le Bihan (1833 – 1916) in 1881. Falls have given a name to the nearby town of Semonkong – "Site of smoke".
It is possible to abseil next to the falls – this is the tallest commercial abseil in the world, 200 m high.
|Coordinates:||29.8684 S 28.0511 E|
|Address:||Africa, Lesotho, Maseru district, some 80 km south-east from Maseru (direct line), near Semonkong|
|Alternate names:||Le Bihan Falls, Lebihan Falls, Semonkong Falls|
Lesotho is friendly country with gorgeous scenery. Highlights of this country are the impressive horseshoe waterfalls, including the world-class Maletsunyane Falls, as well as the amazing plateau – fortress Thaba-Bosiu and prehistoric rock art.
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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