Farin Ruwa

Farin Ruwa

History of Farin Ruwa falls

This was discovered in 1950. It is notable as a top tourist destination ideal for picnics and bird watching.

  • The colonial government created a catering rest house to exploit the falls commercially in 1950, but the falls was relegated to the background and didn’t come to light until the creation of Nassarawa state in 1996.
  • The name Farin Ruwa meaning ‘white water’ was given to the falls by the locals.

Not many falls in Africa drop more than the popular Victoria falls, and one of the few that does is the glorious Farin Ruwa falls which is a popular site for picnics and bird watching.


This is a very safe location.

  • don’t swim in the water without supervision

What To Bring

Before heading to Farin Ruwa falls, here are some helpful things to take along with you:

  • Shorts
  • Swimming gear
  • Climbing shoes

Things to do while at Farin Ruwa falls

These are the following things you can do while you’re here:

  • Climb to the source of the falls
  • Bird watching
  • Take photos of the fall, scenery and your friends!

Writer’s Review

It is a good place to relax away from the stress of Urban life.

Most common visitors

Adventurers, Fun seekers, Nature lovers, Writers

  • Farin Ruwa falls is just as spectacular as Canada’s Niagra Falls or Zambia’s Victoria Falls- Come to Nigeria guide, 2011.

Eco-Tourism At Farin Ruwa Waterfalls

Farin Ruwa is captivating; tumbling 150 metres, the waterfall is a cascade of three falls 50 metres wide creating a natural spectacle that is at once beautiful and breathtaking.

Its tourism potentials have been noted internationally as the World Tourism Organisation has listed it as a world tourist site. Much of the surrounding environment is light forest, making the area ideal for eco-tourism.

Birdwatching At Farin Ruwa Waterfalls

The surrounding forest also makes the area a prime location for bird watching and over 2,500 birds from 148 species had been found within the area. Of the 148 bird species, 15 are of conservation importance and three are typical of the forest habitat. The 15 species of conservation importance suggest that the forest reserve within the area is an important bird enclave.

When To Visit Farin Ruwa Waterfalls

The best time to visit and see Farin Ruwa at its highpoint is in the month of April through the summer months of July, August and September. Aided by the mid-year rains, Farin Ruwa becomes tempestuous, roaring down the hills in a stream of whiteness.

The force of its gusting water is so torrential that it can be mistaken for white smoke or white liquid from where it gets its name – Farin Ruwa, meaning “White Water” in the Hausa language.

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