9 Most Famous Waterfalls In The World

If you have ever seen some of the world’s largest waterfalls, then you most definitely stood in awe of such a force of nature.

In this post, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most famous waterfalls in the world!

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1. Yosemite Falls

The Yosemite Falls are located inside the Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada, a famous mountain range in California on the west coast of the United States. They are one of the most fascinating attractions in the park.

These falls consist of three parts, the Upper Yosemite Fall, the Middle Cascades, and the Lower Yosemite Fall.

The total drop is an astounding 2,425 feet (739 meters) with the longest drop being 1,430 feet (436 meters).

Yosemite Falls most famous waterfalls in the world

2. Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls is a collection of 3 waterfalls located on the border of Canada and the United States. These waterfalls are located in the Canadian Province of Ontario and the US state of New York.

The largest of the 3 is referred to as the Horseshoe Falls and is located right on the border of the 2 countries.

They are located on the Niagara River which drains some of the most famous lakes in North America such as Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and has a maximum drop of 167 feet (51 meters). The Horseshoe waterfall is the most powerful in North America.

Niagara Falls

3. Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, in the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná.

These waterfalls divide the Iguazu River into the Upper Iguazu River and the Lower Iguazu River.

These huge waterfalls consist of a total of 275 drops and have a staircase type of character. These steps have a height of between 115 and 131 feet (35 and 40 meters).

Iguazu Falls

4. Angel Falls

Angel Falls is located in Venezuela and is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfall. It has a total height of 3,212 ft (979 meters) and the longest drop is 2,648 feet (807 meters).

The waterfall drops from the Auyán-tepui mountain, one of the most fascinating mountains in the world in the Canaima National Park, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Apart from the long drop, the waterfall also consists of 1,300 feet (400 meters) of cascades and rapids.

Angle Falls venezuela
Angel Falls / Berrucomons / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

5. Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls are one of the most famous waterfalls in the world and are located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa.

It’s located on the Zambezi River and with a total width of 5,604 feet (1,708 meters) is considered to be some of the biggest waterfalls in the world.

Just like Lake Victoria, the waterfall has been named after Queen Victoria. This magnificent feat of nature was named after her by famous Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone who is believed to have been the first European to see the waterfalls in 1855.

Victoria falls famous waterfalls in the world

6. Gullfoss Falls

Gullfoss Falls can easily be described as one of the most fascinating waterfalls in the world. It can be found in the southwest of Iceland and is located right in the canyon of the Hvítá river.

The waterfall consists of a staircase with 2 drops, one of 36 feet (11 meters), and one of 105 feet (21 meters).

It’s one of the most remarkable sights in nature you’ll ever come across and especially looks magnificent during the freezing winter months in Iceland.

Gullfoss Falls Iceland

7. Tugela Falls

Tugela Falls is located in South Africa and is considered to be the second-highest waterfalls in the world, behind the Angel Falls in Venezuela, even though some sources claim they are the highest in the world.

The waterfalls consist of 5 distinct separate drops and have a combined height of 3,110 feet (948 meters) with the longest drop being 1,348 feet (411 meters).

They can be found at the Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa and look absolutely astounding.

Tugela falls

8. Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the State of Washington in the utmost northwestern corner of the United States. It’s visited by over 1.5 million people every year.

This waterfall is world-famous for its feature in the cult mystery-horror television series “Twin Peaks” along with the city nearby with the same name.

The falls are located just east of the largest city in the state, Seattle, at a distance of about 45 kilometers (28 miles). It features a single drop with a height of 82 meters (268 feet).

Snoqualmie falls amazing view
Snoqualmie Falls / Hairyegg / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

9. Kaieteur Falls

Kaieteur Falls is a waterfall located in the central part of Guyana, a small country in the northern part of South America. It’s located within the Amazon rainforest.

The waterfall has a total height of 226 meters (741 feet) which consists of a single drop. Because it’s so wide, it’s one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world with a flow rate of 663 cubic meters per second (23,400 cubic feet per second).

It’s the centerpiece of the Kaieteur National Park and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Despite its remote location, it can easily be reached via the Kaieteur International Airport nearby.

Kaieteur Falls fun facts
The amazing Kaieteur Falls / Sorenriise / Wiki Commons