Waterfalls are indeed natural wonders. Streams of water flowing from as high as the sky – the beauty of waterfalls are inexplicable. A true spectacle, waterfalls are proof of wonders and beauty of Mother Nature. While every waterfall is a beauty by itself, the taller the waterfall, the more lovable it is. The world is filled with some of the biggest and greatest waterfalls, which would floor you over with their beauty. We have compiled a list of top 20 highest or tallest waterfalls in the world that would make you want to visit them immediately. Without any further ado, here are the 20 waterfalls in the world that you got to visit at least once.
1. Angel Falls
The highest waterfalls in the world, the Angel Fall is located in Venezuela. This is the world’s highest, uninterrupted waterfall for ages now. Located in Bolivar, this waterfall will leave the visitors’ minds blown. The jaw-dropping beauty of this place is totally unexplainable and can only be felt and seen than explained or read.
Located in Bolivar, this waterfall will leave the visitors’ minds blown. The jaw-dropping beauty of this place is totally amazing and worth watching.
Height: 3,212 feet
2. Tugela Falls
The complex seasonal waterfall of Tugela is the second highest in the world and first in Africa. Located in the Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province, the Tugela waterfall is a picturesque beauty. A brief visit to in and around this place is so worthy that you will never want to leave this place. While you are visiting this waterfall, do not forget to have a safari in the national park. It is an incredible experience that you will cherish forever.
Height: 3,110 feet
Location: South Africa
3. Cataratas las-Tres Hermanas Falls
Loosely translated as “Three Sisters” from Spanish to English, this waterfall is the highest in Peru. Located in the Otishi National Park, Cataratas las-Tres Hermanas Falls is a three-tiered waterfall which has three sections or drops – thus the name three sisters.
Found in the remote Ayacucho region, this waterfalls is something that you would undoubtedly enjoy visiting.
Height: 3,000 feet
4. Olo’upena Falls
Norway and Hawaii seem to have some of the best waterfalls in the world. The fourth highest in the world and the first in Hawaii, Olo’upena Falls will be a different experience. Travelers, hikers, photographers, and even tourists will love visiting this waterfall.
Located in Molokai Islands of Hawaii, this waterfall is something that would be nest for trekkers and hikers. While this waterfall doesn’t attract as many tourists as Niagara or Victoria, the waterfall is as impressive and gigantic as those two.
Height: 2,953 feet
5. Catarata Yumbilla Falls
Located near the town of Cuispes, the Catarata Yumbilla Falls is the fifth highest waterfall in the world. While you are here, you would never want to go back home, for the waterfall is a mesmerizing magic that casts a spell on you.
What’s more, there are a lot of waterfalls in and around this waterfall that would make it perfect for a waterfall getaway or expedition in Peru. Go ahead, and enjoy to your fullest while you are in Peru.
Height: 2,938 feet
6. Vinnufossen Falls
Can you take the trip to Norway already? Yes, this is yet another waterfall that is worth visiting in Norway. Located in the east of the village of Sunndalsøra, the waterfalls flow into the river Driva near the village of Hoelsand. This fall has the out spring from Vinnubreen glacier.
This waterfall is, in fact, one of the tallest in the whole of Europe. The scenic attraction in and around the Sunndalsøra Village is an additional bonus to this waterfall. So, go ahead and relish the beauty of this place.
Height: 2,822 feet
7. Balaifossen Falls
It would not be an exaggeration if we said that most of the beautiful waterfalls in the world are in Norway. Yes, even the gigantic, beautiful Balaifossen Falls is in Norway. Situated just six kilometers away from Osa, this European waterfall is something that you must not miss when you are in the country.
Located on the east side of the Osafjorden, in the municipality of Ulvik, the falls is just mystic and magical. You can have a relaxed home stay in the nearby areas and have the best time of your lives while you are here.
Height: 2,788 feet
8. Pu’uka’oku Falls
Another well-known waterfall in Hawaii, Pu’uka’oku Falls is one of the less-explored, underrated, yet a beautiful waterfall in the world. A quick search on Flickr will give you thousands of mesmerizing images that would make you pack your bags and take a flight to Hawaii right away.
So, what are you waiting for? Now is the chance to take that long-planned trip to Hawaii. As we mentioned earlier, Hawaii has everything that you need for a perfect vacation. Trust me, you will never feel disappointed with the place.
Height: 2,756 feet
9. James Bruce Falls
The highest waterfall in the North American continent and ninth tallest in the world, James Bruce Falls is located in the Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park. One of the important tourist attractions in British Columbia, Canada, this waterfall is quite an eye candy.
Persistently flowing throughout the year, the falls have two parallel streams. While you are here, you can also try hiking around the forest in this area. If you are planning to have an off-beat travel experience in Canada, do not miss out this waterfalls and the forest around it.
Height: 2,755 feet
10. Browne Falls
Located above Doubtful Sound, Browne Falls is part of Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. With it source from a tarn called Lake Browne, the Browne Falls is one of the two highest waterfalls in New Zealand.
Named after the aerial photographer, Victor Carlyle Browne, who not only found the tarn but also the waterfalls, this waterfall is a great tourist spot in New Zealand. The biodiversity of the flora and fauna near this waterfall is one of the additional advantages of this waterfall as the biodiversity makes the place all the more picturesque.great tourist spot in New Zealand. The biodiversity of the flora and fauna near this waterfall is one of the additional advantages of this waterfall as the biodiversity makes the place all the more picturesque.
Height: 2,744 feet
Location: New Zealand
11. Strupenfossen Falls
This waterfall is said to be the tallest in Norway. While that claim is arguably, the undeniable fact about this waterfall is that it is one of the unique waterfalls in the country. The shape of the waterfall is so unique that it feels like there are multiple waterfalls interconnected to look like a single one.
This waterfall is a delight to photographers; one can easily capture award-winning photos at this waterfall. So, travel lovers, here are more reasons for you to travel to Norway this year – Northern Lights and a lot of waterfalls.
Height: 2,690 feet
12. Ramnefjellsfossen Falls
While the waterfall is unofficially listed as the third-highest in the world, it is indeed the twelfth highest. Located on the mountain Ramnefjellet in the villages Loen and Olden, the falls are fed by the Ramnefjellbreen glacier. The falls can be reached easily by boat or even by road. The tourists can camp and hike near this waterfall. Also, this waterfall is one of the very few falls that has not been used to generate hydroelectric power. Therefore, the flow is quite good throughout the year.
The tourists can camp and hike near this waterfall. Also, this waterfall is one of the very few falls that has not been used to generate hydroelectric power. Therefore, the flow is quite good throughout the year.
Height: 2,685 feet
13. Waihilau Falls
Situated in the Waimanu Valley, this waterfall is the third tallest in Hawaii and the thirteenth highest in the world. A horsetail type waterfall, this fall makes Hawaii an all the more interesting travel destination.
As most people say, some of the best waterfalls cannot be reached by feet – this waterfall too is not something that can be hiked generally. Nevertheless, a short ride in a boat to the nearby river will give you a breathtaking experience of the waterfall. Next time you are in Hawaii, do check out the beautiful waterfalls in its vicinity.
Height: 2,600 feet
14. Colonial Creek Falls
Considered to be the tallest waterfall in the continental United States of America, the Colonial Creek Falls is located in the Whatcom County. Apart from being the obvious tourist attraction, the Colonial Creek Falls is also known for being a great trek trail for trekking and hiking enthusiasts around the world.
If you are someone interested in trekking, then you must definitely try to visit this place once. Apart from the impeccable trekking experience, you will also enjoy the mystical beauty of the waterfalls that will keep rejuvenate and refresh you during your trek.
Height: 2,584 feet
15. Mongefossen Falls
The waterfall in the Rauma Municipality of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway, Mongefossen Falls is the waterfall located near the Rauma River. This waterfall is majorly targeted for hydroelectric power. Owing to this, the water flow during the summer season is reduced to a great extent.
When you take a train between the villages of Flatmark and Marstein, on the north side, you can view this beautiful falls. So, what are you waiting for? Make Norway your next travel destination and enjoy the beauty of the country to its fullest.
Height: 2,535 feet
16. Catarata Gocta Falls
A perennial waterfall with two drops located in Peru, Caatarata Gocta is the 16th highest waterfall in the world. This waterfall was recently found in the last decade by a German explorer Stefan Ziemendorff. The waterfall can be seen from several kilometers away easily.
A small hotel has been built recently 6 miles from the base of the waterfall. This will allow tourists to stay close by the waterfall and relish its beauty during their stay there. The tourists can also hike the trails around this waterfall.
Height: 2,531 feet
17. Mutarazi Falls
Highest waterfall in Zimbabwe and second highest in Africa, the Mutarazi Falls is another well-known waterfalls in the world. This waterfall was, in fact, fifteenth highest waterfall in the world until 2002. Located in the Nyanga National Park in the Easter Highlands, this waterfall is a popular tourist attraction as well.
When you are here, you can stay in one of the nearby cottages, so you can wake up to the lovely rustles of the waterfall gushing on to the ground from a height of 2500 feet.
Height: 2,499 feet
18. Kjelfossen Falls
One of the highest waterfalls in Norway, the Kjelfossen Falls is located near in the Gudvangen Village. Consisting of three waterfalls, the largest of the three is the one on the left, which is named as Kjelfossen but popularly known as Stor Kjelfossen.
The middle one is called the Vetle Kjelfoss. The last one is known as Nærøyfjord. One of the well-known waterfalls, this waterfall is a popular tourist attraction that most tourists across the globe love to visit. If you are in Norway for a vacation, do not miss watching this beautiful wonder.
Height: 2,477 feet
19. Johannesburg Falls
There are many small water streams that flow on the Johannesburg Mountain. However, this waterfall is the most significant in several ways. To start with, this waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in the world.
Secondly, it produces more volume than the other waterfalls in the vicinity. The waterfall is also known for its increased stream flow during spring and fall. Although this waterfall is not a major tourist attraction yet, this place is worth a visit, when you are in the city. Also, there are some other waterfalls in close radius to the Johannesburg Falls.
Height: 2,465 feet
20. Yosemite Falls
The United States of America has some of the tallest and most beautiful waterfalls in the world. One such waterfall is the Yosemite Falls located in the Sierra Nevada. This waterfall is a major spring attraction. Consisting of 3 sections – Upper Fall, Middle Cascades, and Lower Fall – the waterfall is a part of the Yosemite National Park. While the waterfalls are amazing throughout the winter and spring, they sometimes cease to flow during summers.
This waterfall is a major spring attraction. Consisting of 3 sections – Upper Fall, Middle Cascades, and Lower Fall – the waterfall is a part of the Yosemite National Park. While the waterfalls are amazing throughout the winter and spring, they sometimes cease to flow during summers.
Height: 2,425 feet
So, we hope, by now, you are already interested in travelling to these beautiful countries. What’s more, if you choose Peru, Hawaii, or Norway, you can club the few important waterfalls and have a waterfall expedition. Pack your bags and keep travelling, for it’s a true love and obsession.