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Mutarazi Falls (Mtarazi Falls)

Mutarazi Falls and Mutaruru Falls
Mutarazi Falls (right side of the image) and further in the background – Mutaruru Falls. / Andrew Ashton, Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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The second tallest waterfall in Africa is Mutarazi Falls – 762 m tall waterfall on Mtarazi River.

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GPS coordinates
18.4842 S 32.7925 E
Location, address
Africa, Zimbabwe, Manicaland, Mutasa District, in Nyanga National Park
Alternate names
Mtarazi Falls
Height
762 m
Stream
Mtarazi

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Description of falls

Mutarazi Falls sliding down along the cliff
Mutarazi Falls sliding down along the cliff. / Andrew Ashton, Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Mutarazi Falls is considered to be the second tallest waterfall in Africa after the 948 m tall Tugela Falls.

Here the Mtarazi river falls down a very impressive Archaean granite escarpment of Nyangani massif in Honde Valley. Soon after the waterfall Mtarazi flows into Honde River.

Part of the waterfall plunges free in the air (479 m) and then it slides down along a very steep cliff.

Some 600 m to the west over the escarpment falls another waterfall – Mutaruru Falls. It has a similar height but the stream is smaller.

Area around the falls has got some commercialisation – since 2019 there is a zip line and very impressive skywalks – two walking bridges along the falls. Nevertheless, to a large extent the area around the waterfall is little influenced by human activities.

At the foot of the waterfall is some 260 ha large patch of rainforest (1). The main species of tree in this forest is Pouteria adolfi-friedericii – a characteristic tree for stable, little disturbed rainforest. This is the only location in Zimbabwe where this tree is found – it is more typical in more equatorial forests, e.g. in Congo Democratic Republic.

References

  1. Tom Müller. The Distribution, Classification and Conservation of Rainforests in Eastern Zimbabwe. 2006. Accessed in 30th January 2022.

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