World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls
What is the most incredible phenomenon? You are walking on it. Everywhere around us are travel destinations with the most beautiful nature sceneries. A scenery which really can take your breath away is one with a waterfall. These enormous forces of nature are a beauty to the eye and definitely something you have to see for yourself! But where do you need to travel to see world’s most beautiful waterfalls?
There are so many locations with amazing waterfalls, so that’s why we have narrowed it down for you. Here are our 5 favorite travel destinations to witness these natural beauties yourself (in random order).
1. NIAGARA FALLS
Located on the border between the US and Canada, the Niagara Falls can be found. These waterfalls belong to the biggest and most famous waterfalls of the world. They are not very high (51 meters) compared to some other waterfalls on this list, but because of their width (1,203 meters) and the amount of water that passes it has become a world famous phenomenon.
On both the American and the Canadian side of the waterfalls there are cities located which have the similar name of Niagara Falls. At the bottom of the waterfalls there is a bridge that connects both sides: Rainbow Bridge.
On the 29th of March the Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day is celebrated which commemorates the remarkable day in 1848 when the rivers ran dry because of ice blockages. These blockages stopped the entire flood of the waterfalls which normally is around an astonishing amount of 3,160 tons of water per second.
There are lots of accommodations in the area where the locals celebrate the special day. So why not celebrate with them?! Besides, who doesn’t want to see a waterfall that gets lit up by night?
Since the Niagara Falls can be a super crowded place to visit, we really advise you to go during spring. The best months to go are April to June. Then it’s not as busy as during the peak months, but the water levels are high and temperatures are comfortable. During this period there are these amazing weekly firework and light shows.
Furthermore, visit Niagara Falls in Canada and avoid the US side. The US side does not come close to what the Canadian side has to offer in terms of hotels, attractions and viewpoints.
Destination: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
2. VICTORIA FALLS
Located in the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe the widest waterfalls of Africa can be found. These waterfalls are 1,708 meters wide and have a height of 108 meters! Every minute about 500 million liters of water falls down the cliff.
The Victoria Falls are actively visited by tourists who go rafting or canoeing. The perfect starting point of your visit to these waterfalls is Livingstone, which is a city located 11 kilometers from the waterfalls.
Just like the Niagara Falls, this place also has a connecting bridge. The Victoria Falls Bridge connects Zambia and Zimbabwe, and provides you with an opportunity of a lifetime: bungeejumping above the Zambezi! You will never forget this adventurous experience!
If you want to get a glimp of the canyon from the top of the waterfall you should visit during the months September to December. During this period the water flow is at a certain level creating a rock barrier right before where the water cascades over the edge. This is called the Devil’s Pool. Here you will be able to splash around while having an unforgettable view, if you dare…
Here’s a 360° video to get an impression of the adventurous Devil’s Pool.
Destination: Livingstone, Zambia
3. IGUAZU FALLS
Most of this gigantic complex of waterfalls can be found in the Argentinian province Misiones (about 80%). Only about 20% of the falls are located in the Brazilian state Paraná. The highest point of the Iguazu Falls is 82 meters, and in total they are a whopping 2,700 meter wide.
This gorgeous area contains 270-300 waterfalls, depending on the amount of water that passes through. With this it forms the largest group of waterfalls in South America. The waterfalls in Argentinia and Brasil were declared as World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1986, respectively.
The most iconic part of the Iguazu Falls is the ‘Garganta do Diablo’ which means Devil’s Throat. This is a semicircular waterfall with a width of 150 meters and a drop of 70 meters. To get the most complete view of the waterfalls you should get a view from the Brazilian side of the area, as this side is located down river.
We advise you to go during the months of March to April or August to September. These are not the peak periods in terms of the water level, but it is not as crowded as during both the European and Brazilian summer months (December to February). Besides, during the periods we suggest, there is less rain and the temperatures are more comfortable, as it can get very muggy in this climate.
Destination: Iguazú National Park, Misiones, Argentina
4. ANGEL FALLS
Do you want to see world’s highest free falling waterfall? Then you should pay a visit to Angel Falls! This earthly beauty is no less than 979 meters high and is located in Canaima National Park, Venezuela on a branch of the Caroni River. Angel Falls were included in the World Heritage Site list in 1994.
In the area of this amazing travel destination you can find lots of table mountain formations, called tepuis, on which very characteristic vegetation can be found. In the tropical regions these rock formations transport the excess of rainwater to their edges through caves which provides very pleasing sights for us to enjoy.
To get an idea, here’s a 360° video of Angel Falls from a bird’s eye view.
This one is a bit harder to reach as it is located in an isolated jungle (which also makes it even more exciting and satisfying!). The starting point of this journey is Canaima camp. From here on you take a river trip to the base of the waterfalls. These river trips usually are available from June to December. During this period the rivers are deep enough to use for traveling. After December the dry season begins and it might be a lot more difficult to reach these beautiful waterfalls.
Destination: Canaima National Park, Venezuela
5. YOSEMITE FALLS
To see the highest waterfall in North America you need to head to Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada in California. This waterfall is 739 meters high which makes it the 6th highest waterfall in the world.
It constist of 3 sections: the Upper Yosemite Fall, Middle Cascades and Lower Yosemite Fall. These sections are accessable from different starting points.
The Upper Yosemite Fall offers a breathtaking view with its own 440 meter drop over the edge of the hanging valley. The Middle Cascades are mostly neglected because of the lack of public accessibility and visibility. This is due to very narrow shape of the gorge. The Lower Yosemite Fall is the most used viewpoint. Here you can see the 98 meter drop of water which forms Yosemite Creek and later on emerges into the Merced River nearby.
To visit Yosemite Falls we advise you to go in late May to early June. Unfortunately, it is hard to avoid crowds at Yosemite as it is very busy during the entire year. But during this period the water level is close to its peak depending on the weather of the previous winter.
However, some roads still might be closed because of snow or ice, so having is a plan B and being prepared for a change of route is recommended. Yet, you will probably get the most pleasure out of your visit during this period as the waterfalls are at their best.
Destination: Yosemite National Park, California, USA
That concludes the list of our 5 favorite travel destinations for world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Let us know in the comments if you think we missed out on a destination that should have been on this list!