As waterfalls are amongst the planet’s most spectacular natural wonders, we’ve selected five of the world’s highest, widest and most incredible to share with you…
Ban Gioc – Detian Falls (width 200 metres; drop just over 70 metres).
Straddling the border between China and Vietnam, these waterfalls, separated into three by rocks and trees, plummet to form a 300-metre deep pool. It’s hard to resist plunging into the blue waters, especially around the smaller, more placid cascades, away from the main waterfall. Visit in spring to enjoy flame-red blossoms all around the falls while in autumn, the vegetation turns golden-yellow.
Angel Falls, Venezuela (height 979 metres; longest drop 807 metres).
This breath-taking waterfall plunges from incredible heights over the edge of Auyantepui Mountain in Canaima National Park. Initial explorers managed to measure the height of these falls after nine and a half days ascending the slippery rock face! Despite being tucked away in the thick of the jungle, UNESCO-listed Angel Falls now form one of the most popular tourist attractions in Venezuela. Try to visit from June to December when both the waterfall and the Kerepacupai Meru River are at their fullest.
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Kaieteur Falls, Guyana (height 226 metres; width 113 metres).
This wonderfully remote curtain of water within the Kaieteur National Park is where the River Potaro cascades majestically into an epic, forested gorge. Kaieteur Falls form the world’s highest single drop by volume of water, making them the most powerful in the world (average flow rate 663 cubic metres per second). Take the trail approaching the falls and you’re likely to spot scarlet Guiana cock-of-the-rock birds and tiny golden frogs, best seen in the morning during the rainy season.
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Gullfoss, Iceland (height 32 metres; longest drop 21 metres).
Iconic Gullfoss is dubbed “Golden Waterfall” and provides a spectacular view of the sheer power of untouched nature. This two-tiered natural wonder is most popular during winter months as it’s the perfect setting for the colourful Northern Lights streaking across the sky. It’s made up of glacial waters that take on a golden-brown hue from sediments in the ice and on a sunny day you’ll witness a shimmering rainbow over the falls – blissful and highly photographable!
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (width 1.7 km; highest drop 108 metres).
The Falls have been billed the “Greatest Falling Curtain of Water on this Planet” and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This roaring body of water is the highest and widest waterfall in the world – small wonder the local tribes call it: Mosi-o-Tunya (smoke that thunders). Victoria Falls are at their calmest from October to early November when the water level in the Zambezi River drops, making it possible for you to get up close to parts of the falls.