Magwa Waterfall

The Magwa waterfall is one of few waterfalls on the Wild Coast that is accessible

Eastern Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Magwa Waterfall

The Magwa Waterfall lies in the middle of the 1 800 hectare Magwa tea plantation, South Africa's last remaining tea estate just outside Lusikisiki.

The Magwa waterfall is pretty impressive. It is one of few waterfalls on the rugged Wild Coast that is accessible others entail such effort to reach that they're seldom seen by any but the most intrepid travellers.

The curtain of water falls 144 metres and drops into a narrow canyon formed by seismic movement - a past sudden movement of the earth's crust along geologic faults, or volcanic activity.

Although on a much smaller scale, obviously, the Magwa falls have been said to resemble the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

The drive to the falls is a mere 8 kilometres and worth it just to see the river lurch off the precipice and down to the river bed in the gorge below. In parts you cannot see the bottom.

Close to the falls is Magwa Volunteers, a small permaculture project perfect for those after a gap year as a volunteer to learn about sustainable living. What began as a tour company has grown into a permaculture and community-projects centre. Its goal is sustainability through tourism.

The trading town of Lusikisiki is just north of Port St Johns. Its name sounds like the wind rustling through reeds, heard along many of the rivers in the area. For miles along this coastline, between Lusikisiki and Msikaba and Mbotyi, is a feast of natural wonders and waterfalls.

Whilst in the area head to Mkambati Nature Reserve, Ntsubane Forest and Lupatana Nature Reserve for further appreciation of nature.

Attractions near to Magwa Waterfall

Mkambati Nature Reserve


Flanked on either side by the forested ravines of the Msikaba and Mtentu Rivers, Mkambati Nature Reserve is 8000 hectares of coastal reserve that consists mainly of grassland, close to the KwaZulu Natal border in north-east Pondoland...

More info and photographs: Mkambati Nature Reserve

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The curtain of the Magwa Waterfall falls 144 metres and drops into a narrow canyon formed by seismic movement - a past sudden movement of the earth's crust along geologic faults, or volcanic activity.

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