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Farin Ruwa Falls

Farin Ruwa Falls is among the highest waterfalls in Nigeria. It is located in Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, and found along the boundary of Plateau and Nasarawa State, under the Bokkos and Wamba Local Government Areas of the two states.

The Waterfall has its source from the Jos plateau, in the Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State. The water drops a total height of about 150 metres during its descent from the Jos Plateau, This drop is higher compared to the popular Victoria Falls in Zambia, which drops a height of around 108 metres during its descent. 

Farin Ruwa is a Hausa language word meaning 'white water'. The height covered during the descent of the falls is very great, so that the descending water crashes during its way down the Jos plateau escarpment. The falls gradually turns white as a result of the height covered by the falls during its descent.

The fall appears to the inhabitants of the Farin Ruwa area like white smoke on the mountains because of the water vapour. 

The mountainous nature of the region surrounding the Farin Ruwa falls induces heavy rainfall from clouds passing over the region during the rainy season from March to November. As a result, there is an increase in the volume of water of the falls crashing from the mountains during the rainy season. The mountains around the falls are the edge of the Jos Plateau. 

The villagers see the waterfall as a sacred one.