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The Farin Ruwa Waterfalls

The Farin Ruwa Waterfalls

The Farin Ruwa Waterfalls
Farin Ruwa Waterfalls. Credit:

If you stood on the plateau of Farin Ruwa community, if you did not hear it but only saw it, it might appear as white smoke burning up the cliff. Of the 36 billion cubic metres of water running through Nasarawa State, none intrigues more than the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls, one of the highest in Africa.

Located at the border of Nasarawa and Plateau States, at the line between the local government areas of Wamba and Bokkos, the waterfalls crashes down a height of 150 metres and, in the rainy season, has a width of 50 metres. Higher than the famed Victoria Falls’ 108 metres, the Farin Ruwa water falls with so much force that it turns white, and so earned the name “Farin Ruwa”—Hausa for “white water.”

The water, which begins on the Jos plateau, was found in the 1950s by British colonialists, who proceeded to secure the area as the Marhai Forest Reserve. Construction of access roads began in 1999. The mountainous environment induces heavy rainfall in the rainy season, with a resultant great volume of water cascading down the cliff, and ensures that the dry season is brief.

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The Farin Ruwa Waterfalls is listed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Only an hour and 30 minutes away from the Abuja International Airport, there is a real promise of the waterfalls becoming a major centre of attraction for visitors.

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