There is something awe-inspiring about waterfalls, from the raw power of water tumbling down a cliff to the gentle cascades that are surrounded by breath-taking scenery. If you’re a keen photographer here is a look through the lens at 20 waterfalls worth visiting.
1. Iguazu Falls
Argentina / Brazil
The majestic Iguazu Falls are located along the Iguazu River, which forms the boundary between Brazil and Argentina. The 2.7km long waterfall edge is divided by several islands and outcrops, creating separate waterfalls which are between 60 and 82 metres (197 to 269ft) high. Although most of the falls are located on the Argentinian side, there are fantastic views from the Brazilian side. Both sides have walkways that allow visitors to enjoy spectacular views.
Beautiful Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. It’s 25 metres (82ft) wide and has a drop of 60 m (200ft). If you have the energy you should take a walk up the stairs for some great views from the platform at the top. The falls were featured in the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World. There is also a popular hiking trail on the eastern side of the falls.
3. Angel Falls
Angel Falls is located in the Canaima National Park in Venezuela, and excluding the Denmark Strait cataract underwater falls, is the highest waterfall in the world at 979m high (3,212ft). It’s situated along the Gauja River, and despite its isolated location in dense jungle Angel Falls is one of Venezuela’s most popular tourist attractions.
4. Stirling Falls
It may not be as grand as some of the world’s bigger waterfalls, but Stirling Falls in New Zealand is a truly spectacular waterfall thanks to the magnificent setting. Located on Milford Sound, the falls are 155m high, nestled between Elephant Mountain and Lion Mountain. Visitors to Milford Sound can get so close enough to feel the spray on a cruise of the Sound.
5. Victoria Falls
On the Zambezi River, where Zimbabwe and Zambia meet, you’ll find one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. There are few waterfalls in the world that evoke the awe that Victoria Falls does. Also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “the smoke that thunders”, it is 1,708 metres (5,604ft) wide and 108m (354ft) high and is the world’s largest sheet of falling water, roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls. This breath-taking natural wonder not only has rainbows, but also “moonbows” during a full moon nights.
6. Barron Falls
If you’re visiting Queensland, you can’t miss visiting Barron Falls in Barron Gorge National Park. There are fantastic views of the waterfall and the gorge from the sky rail or the Kuranda scenic rail. Although much of the year the falls is little more than a trickle, if you visit during the wet season (December to March), it transforms into an impressive waterfall that is well worth visiting.
7. Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls is a major attraction in Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada. Split into three sections, the falls are 739m (2,425ft) from the top of the Upper Fall to the base of the Lower Fall. The best time to photograph these beautiful falls is in the spring when there is the most volume of water cascading over the edge.
8. Kaieteur Falls
You’ll find the scenic Kaieteur Falls in the central Essequibo Territory, in Guyana, along the Potaro River. Located in the dense rainforest of Kaieteur National Park, the falls are 251 metres (822 ft) high. The large volume of water that cascades over the sandstone cliff creates fine spray and beautiful rainbows.
9. Augrabies Falls
Most people have probably never even heard the name, but the Augrabies Falls are well worth a visit. The thundering falls, which are located along South Africa’s Orange River, are a great example of granite erosion. The Khoikhoi inhabitants of the region aptly named the waterfall Ankoerebis, which means ‘place of big noises’. Although the water might be slightly muddied after rainfall, the way it thunders down the granite gorge, in an otherwise very dry landscape, is very impressive. You can get great photos from the viewing deck.
10. Niagara Falls
What list of great waterfalls would be complete without mentioning Niagara Falls? The falls are made up of three waterfalls (Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil) that straddle the boarder of the USA and Canada. Although the falls may not be very high, they are wide and have the highest flow rate in the world. For spectacular close-up views you can take a trip on Maid of the Mist.
Iceland is home to many spectacular waterfalls, and Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is no exception. It’s located along the Hvítá River in southwest Iceland and is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. You can get beautiful panoramic views of the tiered waterfall from the café area.
12. Chutes de Montmorency
Just a few minutes from Québec City you’ll find Chutes de Montmorency, in the Montmorency Falls Park. A suspension bridge spans the width of the falls, but you can also get great views from the aerial tram.
13. De Tian Falls
The De Tain (Ban Gioc) Falls are located along the China-Vietnam border, approximately 170 miles north of Hanoi. They may be in the middle of nowhere, but the three-tiered falls are well worth the effort it takes to reach them.
14. Jog Falls
Located along the Sharavathi River in the Indian state of Karnataka, the Jog Falls (Gerosoppa Falls) are the second-highest falls in India with a drop of 253 m (830 ft). During the monsoon season these picturesque falls transform into a powerful waterfall with a thunderous roar.
15. Friaren Waterfall
It may not be as famous as the Seven Sisters Falls on the other side of the Geiranger Fjord, but Friaren Waterfall (Skageflafossen) is still picture perfect. The best way to see these falls along with the Seven Sisters is on fjord cruise.
Another waterfall in Iceland that you don’t want to miss visiting is Seljalandsfoss, which is in the south of the country. It’s not the country’s biggest or most powerful waterfall, at 60m high (200ft), but it’s definitely one of the most picturesque. One of the best things about Seljalandsfoss is that you can walk along a footpath that takes you behind the falls for some great photos.
17. Hogenakkal Falls
The Hogenakkal Falls are a series of waterfalls located along the Kaveri River in southern India. It’s been nicknamed “Niagara of India”, and is a popular tourist attraction in the region. There are great views from the top of the falls, but there are also boats that resemble large baskets which take tourists close enough to feel the spray. The best time to visit is after the monsoon season.
Dettifoss is another of Iceland’s spectacular waterfalls. It’s located in the Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland. Dettifoss may not be the largest waterfall at 100 m
Dettifoss is another of Iceland’s spectacular waterfalls. It’s located in the Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland. Dettifoss may not be the largest waterfall at 100 metres (330 ft) wide and 45 metres (150 ft) high, but its picturesque setting makes it well worth visiting.
19. Plitvice Waterfalls
If you want to take photos of waterfalls in the most beautiful settings you should head to the Plitvice waterfalls in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park. The large network of lakes has created dozens of waterfalls that flow into the blue-green water of the lake below. You can get great views from the walkways that wind their way between lakes. It’s Mother Nature at her best.
20. Maletsunyane Falls
If you’re looking untouched natural beauty, then Maletsunyane Falls is certainly worth visiting. It’s located near the town of Semonkong, in central Lesotho. These beautiful falls are 192m (630 ft) high and are truly spectacular whether you are hiking or viewing them from a helicopter. The falls is also home to the Guinness World Record highest commercial abseil (rappel) in the world.