The northern Wild Coast area between Lusikisiki and Msikaba and Mbotyi is a feast of natural wonders and waterfalls. One of the most magnificent among these sites is Magwa Waterfall. The 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 truly is impressive and what makes it even more significant is that it is one of few waterfalls on the rugged Wild Coast that is accessible.
The 144 meter high waterfall forms a curtain of water dropping into a narrow canyon formed by seismic activity caused by a past sudden movement of the earth’s crust along geologic faults, or volcanic activity.
The drive to the falls is a mere 8 kilometers and worth it just to see the river lurch off the precipice and down to the river bed in the gorge below. In places you cannot even see the bottom. Although the Magwa Fallsl isn’t as big as the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, many often remark how it reminds them of it.
The closest town is Lusikisiki just north of Port St Johns. The town go it name from the sound the wind makes rustling through the reeds along the river banks in the area.