Best Waterfalls in the World
Waterfalls are among the most terrifying yet mesmerizing wonders of nature. Thousands of tons of water cascading down from hundreds of inches – a manifestation of majestic nature! But it all just breaks down to simple Physics: a classic case of gravity pulling millions of drops of water towards the earth. These best waterfalls in the world could be the center-point of your next vacation.
# 1 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe & Zambia)
Victoria Falls, also called the Africa’s A-list waterfall, is also the world’s biggest waterfall if height (354ft/108m) and width (5,604ft/1,708m) are considered. The aboriginal name given by the natives of the land – The Smoke That Thunders – perfectly describes the vibe created by the loud noise of falling water and the smoke rising from the bottom of the falls. You can witness the beauty of Victoria Falls from a specific distance. If your daring soul wants more from this experience you can choose to swim in the Devil’s Pool.
Obviously, the experience of the falls depends on the country you are visiting- Zimbabwe or Zambia. At the Zimbabwe side, the beauty of the falls is out of this world! The mist and cold wind blowing directly at your face will make you never want to move an inch from where you are standing. And the rainbows! In Zambia, you get to swim in the Devil’s Pool and can actually see the Boiling Point at the bottom of the fall.
# 2 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Iguassu Falls (Brazil/Argentina)
Located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, Iguassu falls consists of 275 individual waterfalls and cascades. These waterfalls are organized in a way that they resemble an inverted letter “J”. The rainforest surroundings make for the perfect natural allure. The height of the falls varies between 200ft and 269ft while they stretch in width for about 2.7km. Walkways are built for people to get up close and witness the charisma of these falls. On the Brazilian side helicopter rides over the water are also available which is an experience like none other.
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Check out this amazign video of the Iguassu falls.
# 3 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Niagra Falls (USA & Canada)
Niagra falls might not be the largest waterfall in the world but its reputation does not match its height. When compared to other waterfalls, Niagra has a mere height of 167ft. “Poor Niagra!” were the words of Eleanor Roosevelt when she visited Iguassu falls. However, the visual experience is not lessened by the stature of these falls. Marking the American and Canadian border, Niagra consists of two sections: Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and American Falls on the American side. Both these sections are separated by an island. Also, the view from the Canadian side is prettier than from American side.
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With thrilling attractions, awe-inspiring sceneries and amazing food places, there is a lot you can do on the American side of the falls. Cave of the Winds promises to get you closer to the falls by descending 175ft into the Niagra Falls. On the Canadian side, you can enjoy different shows, events, and festivals. Lundy’s Lane offers the best food there.
# 4 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Angel Falls (Venezuela)
With water falling down uninterrupted from a height of 3,212ft, Angel Falls is marked as the highest waterfall in the world. This waterfall is named after its discoverer US aviator Jimmie Angel. You can plan your trip to Canaima Park to visit Angel Falls which is protected by UNESCO. Getting to this waterfall is not easy. But the journey to Angel Falls is certainly rewarding. You get to witness the majestic wonder of nature in the form of Angel Falls at the end of tiring and exhaustive hiking trip. With its rainforest surroundings and pure thriving nature, Angel Falls is certainly one of the best waterfalls in the world.
# 5 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Kaieteur Falls (Guyana)
In the middle of wilderness lies the Kaieteur falls of Guyana. With no means except your own feet to go there, Kaieteur falls attract many tourists who like extreme trips. The height of this waterfall is approximately 741ft and its width is said to be 370ft. It is located on the Potaro river. This waterfall is located in one of the few facilities which have allowed nature to thrive on its own! Not only you will witness different kinds of plants but also animals and birds which are found nowhere on this planet. If you just want to view this waterfall from a distance you can get on a little air design from Guyana airport which provides spectacular bird’s eye view of this wonder of nature.
# 6 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Tugela Falls (South Africa)
Tugela waterfall is marked as the second highest waterfall in the world with the recorded height of 3,110ft which is 102ft lesser than the Angel Falls in Venezuela. Tugela Falls consists of five major cascades in the Tugela river. There are two hiking trails for Tugela Falls leading you to different parts of this waterfall. Trail 1 leads to the base of the waterfall and Trail 2 takes you to the point where the water starts its tumble down. The source of the Tugela Falls is at Mount-aux-Sources and Trail 2 takes you to the top of it. Trail 1 is somewhat flat but offers beautiful scenic views along the way. Depending on which hiking trail you choose, you’ll witness different spectacular views of this waterfall all of them being the spectacular manifestations of nature.
# 7 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Gullfoss Falls (Iceland)
Gullfoss waterfall is not very high which does not lessen its beauty in any way. Located in Southwest Iceland, Gullfoss is said to be the Queen waterfall in Iceland. There are many services available that will plan your trip to Gullfoss for you in the best way possible. If you are lucky you might witness an Aurora Borealis sighting at the Gullfoss waterfall. Owing to the beauty of it, Gullfoss has become the busiest tourist attraction in Iceland. During summers when the afternoon sun comes out mesmerizing rainbows are created in the mist of Gullfoss waterfall.
# 8 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Plitvice Falls (Croatia)
Plitvice Falls are found in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. They are not very high falls, but are stunning due to the many cascades water has to overcome. There are hundreds of waterfalls. The color of water varies from crystal clear to azure to turquoise. The park is divided into two parts: The Lower Lakes and The Upper Lakes. You cannot possibly witness all of the waterfalls in a single trip to the park even if you spend your entire day there. Throughout the year the park is crowded with so many people that it makes your experience of the falls not so overwhelming. But that doesn’t undo the fact that Plitvice falls are indeed one of the best waterfalls in the world.
# 9 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Yosemite Falls (USA)
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America. It drops 2,425 ft (739 m) in the Sierra Nevada, California. The source of water is melting snow, therefore sometimes the stream may cease due to a little amount of snow. Yosemite Falls is the iconic symbol of the grandeur and beauty of Yosemite National Park. The waterfall drops in three major stages: Upper Fall, Middle Cascades, and Lower Fall. This waterfall is the easiest to see and access since it faces towards a wide open valley. This accessibility and the beauty make this waterfall a world class tourist attraction and stand out from the rest of the waterfalls which are not included in this list. During the Spring snow-melt, the flow of water is more vigorous than ever.
# 10 of 10 in Best Waterfalls in the World – Sutherland Falls (New Zealand)
Sutherland Falls are located in Fiordland, New Zealand. With its 1902 ft (580 m) plunge, it is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. This waterfall falls in three cascades, that creates this unique landscape. Sutherland falls was named after its discoverer Donald Sutherland in 1880. It is somewhat difficult to reach these falls, to visit it you either have to walk 4 days tramping Milford track or take a scenic flight. It is one of the New Zealand’s must-see waterfalls.
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