1. Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
On the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, these impressive falls plummet down in a straight line for 354 ft (108 m) that create a spray so large that it can be seen many kilometers away. Named after Queen Victoria, it also goes by the name Mosi-oa-Tunya which means ‘the smoke that thunders’due to the immense noise created by the flowing waters.
2. Angel Falls – Venezuela
At 3,212 ft (979 m), these are the highest falls in the world and are protected by UNESCO. Situated in the Canaima National Park, they were discovered by an aviator who flew over them called Jimmie Angel, hence the name.
3. Kaieteur Falls – Guyana
741 ft (226 m) high, these falls are out in the wilderness with no amenities nearby making them an essential trip for any wilderness adventurer. After the falls, the water plunges into several deep cascades before carrying on its way.
4. Niagra Falls – Canada
On the border between America and Canada, Niagra falls are the most famous waterfalls in the world and are formed of two parts separated by an island in the middle. On the Canadian side there are the horshoe falls that drop 173 ft (53 m), while the American Falls drop only 70–100 ft (21–30 m).
5. Plitvice Falls – Croatia
Not the highest of falls, these are particularly impressive due to the amount of cascades that precede them and the fact that the water can vary from crystal clear to a stark blue/azure color to sometimes turquoise depending on the time of year.
6. Sutherland Falls – New Zealand
Named after Donald Sutherland, not that one, who discovered them in 1880, these falls come down in three cascades with a 1902 ft (580 m) plunge.
7. Nohkalikai Falls – India
With a feeding stream that is only 1,5 mi (2 km) long, it is a surprise at how impressive these falls are as they tumble 1100 ft (335 m) and form a pool below that takes on a greeny-blue color.
8. Yosemite Falls – USA
The highest waterfall in North America, dropping 425 ft (739 m), it is caused by melting snow and so sometimes ceases due to a lack of snow. Because of its positioning and the way the light hits it, at certain points in the day, this waterfall in the Yosemite National Park, USA can look as though it is transforming into a rainbow on its descent.
9. Gullfoss – Iceland
Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland and it is not hard to see why. Literally translated as ‘Gold Fall’ legend tells that when the sun hits the water at the right angle, it turns to gold whilst others say it is because of the rainbow is often seen emanating over it on sunny days because of its spray, where a pot of gold is supposed to be located at the end of it. In any case, approaching the crevice it seems like the water from the flowing river above might just disappear underground but once you reach the edge you see the waterfall in all its sheer magnificence.