Top Ten Waterfalls

Top Ten Waterfalls

  1. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the Smoke that Thunders”) is a waterfall located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are the largest in the world.
    Links: Top Ten Zimbabwean Attractions,
  2. Angel Falls, Venezuela
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    Angel Falls, located in Venezuela takes the honor of the highest waterfall in the world at over 980 meters and is so tall that most of the water that falls off the cliff is vaporized before ever hitting the ground.
    Links: Top Ten Venezuelan Attractions,
  3. Iguaza Falls, Argentina/Brazil
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    Links: Top Ten Brazilian Attractions, Top Ten Argentinian Attractions, National Parks, 
  4. Niagara Falls, NY, USA and Ontario, Canada
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    Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie on the Canadian side and the American Falls on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island. Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, as measured by vertical height and also by flow rate. Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment en route to the Atlantic Ocean. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. The falls are also notorious for people attempting to survive the fall by encapsulating themselves in various devices such as those pictured above.
    Links: Top Ten US Attractions, Top Ten Canadian Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Falls,
  5. Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho
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    Links: Top Ten Lesotho Attractions,
  6. Mauritius Under Waterfall
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    Located off the southwestern tip of Mauritius is a rare “underwaterfall.” Although more of an illusion that an actual waterfall, the formation is the result of a volcano created the surrounding island. With its stunning beaches, jewel-toned lagoons and spot of multi-colored earth, Mauritius is often regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean. The island is also home to some of the rarest plant and animal specimens in the world.
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  7. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
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    Links: Top Ten Guyanese Attractions,
  8. Boyoma Falls, Congo
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    Boyoma Falls, formerly known as Stanley Falls, consists of seven cataracts, each no more than 5 m (16 ft) high, extending over more than 100 km (62 mi) along a curve of the Lualaba River between the river port towns of Ubundu and Kisangani/Boyoma in the Orientale Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The seven cataracts have a total drop of 61 m (200 ft). The two major cataracts are the first below Ubundu, forming a narrow and crooked stream that is hardly accessible, and the last that can easily be seen and also be visited from Kisangani. Especially among French speakers the cataracts are also known as Wagenia Falls (chûtes Wagenia), referring to the local people of fishermen named Wagenia or Wagenya who have developed a special technique to fish in the river. They build systems of wooden tripods across the rapids fixed in holes carved in the rock by the water current. They serve as anchors for baskets that entrap large fish.
    Links: Top Ten Democratic Republic of Congo Attractions, Top 100 Fishhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyoma_Falls,
  9. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

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    Links: Top Ten Icelandic Attractions,
  10. Jaegala Fall, Estonia
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    Links: Top Ten Estonian Attractions,
  11. Tugela Falls, South Africa

    Tugela Falls is the world’s second highest waterfall.
    Links: Top Ten South African Attractions,
  12. Ethiopia’s Jin Bahir Falls

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    Links:  Top Ten Ethiopian Attractions, Top Ten Primates,
  13. Links: Nature, Top Ten Natural Wonders of the World, http://www.worldwaterfalldatabase.com/top-100-waterfalls/,