Nature and its serenity is one thing that makes the world beautiful and bright. Waterfalls are part of nature’s great décor and their water flow is the icing on the cake. There are a ton of great waterfalls in different continents. Their vigorous flow and landscape have attracted thousands of tourists to visit these beautiful nature’s best. Waterfalls are part of the wonders of the world that are fascinating and each beautiful in its own way. Additionally, they are different from each other, but they all have that natural beauty. Here are the 8 great waterfalls that you will fall in love with, without a doubt.
1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Iguazu Falls are part of the Iguazu River, located at the border of Argentina and Brazil. Two-thirds of the falls lie in Argentina. The falls separate the Iguazu River into two i.e. the upper and lower levels of Iguazu. It runs for 2.7km on the river and it comprises of 275 incredible waterfalls. Iguazu originates from the names “water” and “big” and this waterfall does not fall short in size. The waterfalls are magnificent and one, in particular, surpasses the beauty of nature. The devil’s throat is a U-shaped torrent christened waterfall that drops 82m down. Most of the falls are about 64m in height.
2. Niagara Falls, USA/Canada
The Niagara Falls is located in both Ontario, Canada and New York, USA. It consists of three waterfalls that overlap at the border. That is the Horseshoe Falls, which is the largest, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls that are the smallest. Regardless of which side you visit the Niagara Falls, you are assured of a spectacular view. However, from the Canadian side, you should be confident that you will see a rainbow. The three falls merge to produce the highest flow at a speed of 56.3km/hr. The source of the Niagara River is Lake Erie while its mouth is Lake Ontario. The falls are 54m high.
3. Victoria Falls, Zambia
The Victoria Falls are in existence thanks to the Zambezi River that runs 2,574km long across Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls are 1,708m wide and 108m high and cut across the Zambezi River at its middle point. It may not be the widest or deepest in the world, but the Victoria Falls has the largest curtain of falling water. Bordering the Victoria Falls is the Victoria Falls Rainforest, home to many wild plants and animals.
The forest is unique in that it rains daily, as a result of the vapor from the falls. At night, the falls transform into a beautiful scenery and under the moonlight, a moonbow is formed. From September to December, water levels are lower as the Zambezi River does not have much flow. This makes it ideal for visitors to take a dip in the naturally formed Devils swimming pool.
4. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Venezuela is home to the iconic Angel Falls that is the tallest in the world. It has a continuous flow of water that runs down to 979m with an 807m deep plunge. The falls are located in the middle of the jungle, the Canaima National Park. In addition to the plunge, the falls have 400m of torrents and rapids and yet another plunge of 30m after the talus rapids. The falls are a supplemented by the Carrao River that is part of the Orinoco River system. The locals, the Pemon clan refer to the falls as Kerepakupai Meru which means “waterfall of the deepest place”. The locals take tourists for the river tours and across the foothills of the park. When you are a kilometer away from the falls, you can feel the water drops from the falls pour on you.
5. Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland
The Skogafoss waterfall lies on the Skoga River that is located on the south coast of Iceland. They are the largest falls in the country that run 60m deep and have a width of 25m. The fascinating thing about the falls is that they are triangular in shape with a tranquil spot around the falls. On sunny days, the splash from the falls can form a double or single rainbow. To get to the Skogafoss Falls, you can choose the walk of the 183 stair steps across the fall for a one-on-one view of the amazing falls. The cave under the falls is said to harbor a treasure chest that locals found years later, but disappeared once again. If you visit the Skogafoss Waterfall, you can enjoy the camping amenities that are offered within the area.
6. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Kaieteur Falls is the largest single drop fall in the world by the volume of dropping water. It is located in the Kaieteur National Park, along with the Potaro River. The Kaieteur Park is part of the bigger Amazon Rainforest which makes it a must visit destination in the world. The fall is 226m tall and drops over a series of cascades making its height 251m tall. It is a hub of both high volumes of water flow and height making it one of the most powerful falls in the world. Tourists to this marvelous fall take a turn to experience its beautiful view, thus you can enjoy its beauty to the fullest.
7. Godafoss Falls, Iceland
The Godafoss Falls of Iceland is the waterfall of the gods. It is yet another amazing scenery alongside the Skogafoss Falls in Iceland as well. It is not tall nor is it powerful. But, it is one of the beautiful falls the world has seen because of the semicircular arc that is formed from the torrents of the water flow. The arc has a spectacular gush of patterns of swirling the blue-green water and bubbly lava of water. It is located in the Myvatn District, North of Iceland, off the Ring Road 50km east of Akureyri and 53km south west of Husavik. The fall is 12m high and 30m wide. It is associated with the conversion to Christianity event in Iceland.
8. Yosemite Falls, USA
The Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall located in Yosemite National Park of Sierra, Nevada. It is 739m tall that is divided into three parts – upper Yosemite Fall, the middle cascades and the lower Yosemite Fall. The lower Yosemite Fall is easily accessible from the Yosemite lodge in the valley. To the topmost part of the Yosemite Falls, you would have to hike for 8 hours to reach the Upper Yosemite Fall. The middle cascades are not easily visible, but from the trail, you can have a better view of the 5 smaller cascades trickling down the rocks. During the spring season, water flow is at its peaks and the view them is most spectacular.