Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Greatest And Highest Waterfalls in The World in 2016-2017. Waterfalls are some of the most beautiful and spectacular natural features in the world and to see the great waterfalls is to experience bliss on earth. They can be found all over the world but each one is very different indeed and each time you see it you will experience it in a different way. Here is a list of the 10 highest waterfalls in the world. We hope that you can begin to tick them off your list if you haven’t already experienced them.
List of Top 10 Greatest And Highest Waterfalls in The World
10. Browne Falls, New Zealand
Standing at a height of 2744 feet (836 metres) this waterfall is located above Doubtful Sound in the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand. It is actually not one waterfall but a number of different falls, hence the name. The waterfall is named after Victor Carlyle Browne who ‘discovered’ the place for western civilisation in the 1940s. There is a great amount of plant and birdlife in the surrounding area.
9. James Bruce Falls, Canada
The James Brice Falls are the highest in the mainland continent of North America and can be found in the Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park in British Columbia. It is formed from an area in the mountains that catches a lot of snow which feeds the waterfall when it melts. It eventually falls 2755 feet (840 metres) until it reaches the Princess Louisa lake.
8. Pu’uka’oku Falls, United States
This set of waterfalls is the first in the top 10 to come from Hawaii. It actually hits a number of different parts of land before reaching the bottom but it still counts as a single waterfall. From top to bottom it measures 2756 feet (840 metres).
7. Balåifossen, Norway
Falling 2788 feet (850 metres) this is the second highest waterfall in Europe. It is located in Hordaland, the third largest county in the country with Bergen in its western quarter, and is fed by meltwater from the Kyrelvfjellet with a glacier called Onen as well as a large lake. Two other waterfalls, Røykafossen and Kyrfossen are both near Balåifossen.
6. Vinnufossen, Norway
This is the highest waterfall in both Norway and Europe and measures 2822 feet (860 metres) from top to bottom. Its source is the Vinnufonna glacier. It is near the village of Hoelsand.
5. Catarata Yumbilla, Peru
This waterfall approaches 900 metres, falling 2938 feet (896 metres). It can be found in Peru’s Amazonas Region and is the country’s second tallest waterfall. It was measured as recently as 2007 by the National Geographic Institute of Peru (IGN). It consists of five different sections which each allow the water to crash down to the next. It is relatively isolated and takes quite a long time for tourists to reach. From Chachapoyas, the capital of the region, it takes about an hour and a half to reach the nearest town, then another hour and a half to reach the waterfall, which can only be got to on foot or mule. There is lots of interesting wildlife in the surrounding area including the incredible spatuletail hummingbird and the spectacled bear. There are also a great number of orchids and fern species.
4. Olo’upena Falls, United States
Here a small seasonal stream carries water off one of the tallest cliffs in the world, resulting in the incredible Olo-upena Falls in Hawaii. The waterfall measures 2953 feet (900 m). The water is slowly eroding the rockface and retreating.
3. Cataratas las Tres Hermanas, Peru
The tallest falls in Peru, this waterfall is absolutely naturally stunning. The water falls 3000 feet (914 metres) into a basin which is quickly carried away. It is in a wet montane forest in the Otishi National Park and is relatively isolated and so difficult to reach. It is certainly worth it though if you can actually get there!
2. Tugela Falls, South Africa
The only waterfall on the list from the continent of Africa there is no doubting the incredible size and scale of the Tugela Fall which are located in the Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province. A oarticularly good time to go and see them is following heavy rain with the sun shimmering down on the water. The water falls over a rock face to the distance of 3110 feet (948 metres). You can walk to the falls by following one of two trails. One is much easier than the other! It is not unknown for Tugela Falls to be cited as the tallest in the world but this is controversial.
1. Angel Falls, Venezuela
There is certainly no disputing Angel Falls as the ultimate cascading fall of water in the world. The water drops over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain in the Canaima National Park to the height of 3212 feet (979 metres) with a plunge of 2648 feet (807 metres). It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The waterfall is named after an American pilot called Jimmie Angel who was the first person to fly over the falls. However, its indigeonous name is Kerepakupai Vená which means waterfall of the deepest place.In 2009 there was an attempt by the President Hugo Chavez to change the name but it was not actually decreed to change it. The falls are one of Venezuela’s biggest tourist attractions although due to its isolated location it is very difficult to reach. For part of the year (June to December) local guides lead trips out on the river so that a truly unique view of the falls can be gained. This is not possible however in the drier season.
We hope that this list has inspired you to go searching for waterfalls and to enjoy the spleadour of the power of nature at its best. Of course waterfalls are not just over the ground but can also be underground. Indeed, the Denmark Strait Cataract, in the north Atlantic between Greenland and Iceland, is measured as being the largest waterfall with a drop of 11500 feet (3500 metres), which is more than three and a half times the size of Angel Falls.