The Best Waterfalls In The World
Waterfalls capture the senses in a way that only nature, at its best, can do. Lucky for us, the world is full of spectacular watery wonders. Here are 10 of the best across the globe.
1. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa
Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River, used to be called ‘the smoke that thunders’ by the local tribes, due to the incredible height of the mist that sprays from the roaring water. To access the falls, you can do a day trip from Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe.
2. Angel Falls, Venezuela
The world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall spills over the edge of the Auyantepui Mountain in the Canaima National Park. You can book a tour from the town of Ciudad Bolivar, which will include a motorised canoe trip up the Carrao River and a trek through the jungle to the falls.
3. Tugela Falls, South Africa
The seasonal Tugela Falls are located in the Royal Natal National Park and are at their most spectacular during the summer rainy season, when more than 10 waterfalls plunge down the mountains. You can embark on 2 hiking trails to the falls, one to the top of Mount-Aux-Sources and one to the foot of the falls through lush forest. The nearest, fully equipped town is Bergville.
4. Iguassu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
275 sheets of water make up the incredible cascades of the Iguassu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Recognisable as a backdrop for movies such as ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’, the falls can be accessed from Foz do Iguacu in Brazil and Pueto Iguazu in Argentina.
5. Niagara Falls, Canada
Possibly one of the most famous falls, thanks to Superman, Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls make up Niagara Falls and straddle the border of Canada and the USA. In summertime, floodlights illuminate the falls after dark and you can journey into the heart of the rapids on a Maid of the Mist boat cruise.
6. Plitvice Falls, Croatia
Plitvice National Park is a lush valley of lakes, wildlife, walks and a large network of exquisite waterfalls. The area is split into the Upper Lakes and the Lower Lakes, each offering boardwalks over fish-filled lakes and cascading waterfalls. To make the most of it, there are 3 hotels and a campground located within the park.
7. Gullfoss Falls, Iceland
‘The Golden Falls’ are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland, with misty rainbows floating over the powerful rapids as the falls drop into a narrow canyon. You can book day trips from Reykjavik that also include visits to the Haukadalur Valley.
8. Yosemite Falls, USA
The highest waterfall in California, in the Yosemite National Park, drops in 3 spectacular stages and faces a wide open valley, making it easy to access and admire. The best time to go is Spring and there are a range of accommodation options in Yosemite so you can explore the park at your leisure.
9. Nohkalikai Falls, India
Plunging down from a height of 335 metres into a rocky, green pool below, the Nohkalikai Falls are one of the tallest in India. They’re located near Cherrapunji, which is reportedly one of the wettest places on earth and, from there, you can hire a private car or go on a tour of the falls.
10. Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
The Sutherland Falls on New Zealand’s South Island can only be accessed via the Milford Track or scenic flights, however the 580 metre, near vertical drop of mighty water is definitely worth the effort.
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