Highest Waterfalls in the World
Often in mind, what is the highest waterfall in the world? While answering the same question, we have prepared a list of the top 10 Highest Natural Waterfalls in the world. With an elevation of 979 meters (3212 feet), Angel Falls in Venezuela is the highest waterfall in the world.
10. Browne Falls – 2,743 feet
Brown Falls is a waterfall above Doubtful Sound, located in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. In a temperate rain forest, the falls cascade down near Hall Arm. Heights of 619 meters and 836 meters have been given for the falls. Their source is a tar called Lake Brown, which, when full, flows down the side of the mountain.
Moreover, the stream creates a height difference of 836 meters with a horizontal difference of 1,130 meters, thus the mean slope of the stream is 42 degrees. This comparatively low angle makes the falls less impressive. Brown Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the world and the tallest in New Zealand.
Additionally, the falls are named after pioneering aerial photographer Victor Carlyle Brown. He discovered Lake Brown in the 1940s and the associated falls fell on one of his flights over Fiordland.
- Location: Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
- Height: 836 metres (2,743 feet)
09. James Bruce Falls – 2,756 feet
James Bruce Falls is a waterfall in British Columbia, Canada. It is the highest waterfall in North America and one of the top 10 highest waterfalls in the world.
Additionally, James Bruce Falls Located in Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park. It stems from a small ice field and cascades down 840 m (2,760 ft) to Princess Louisa Inlet. Two parallel streams, for which the springs are named, come from this icefield, and do not have a uniform flow throughout the year and they usually dry up during hot summers. The stream flows into Lowquilts Creek, which empties into the inlet through the better known Chatterbox Falls.
- Location: Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
- Height: 840 metres (2,756 feet)
08. Balåifossen – 2,789 feet
Balåifossen is one of the highest waterfalls in Norway and six kilometers south of Osa, east of Osfjordon, located in the municipality. Section of Falls’ named Seasides more than 1,000 meters above the sea. Balåifossen is the third highest waterfall in Norway and eighth highest waterfall in the world.
- Location: Vestland, Norway
- Height: 850 metres (2,789 feet)
07. Vinnufossen – 2,838 feet
Vinnufossen (Vinnufallet) is the highest waterfall in Europe and one of the top 10 highest waterfalls in the world after Skorga Falls. The 865 m (2,838 ft) tall Tier Horsetail Falls is located east of the village of Sundalsura in the municipality of Sundal in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway.
In addition, the falls are part of the Vinnu River which flows down the Vinnufjelet mountain and is fed by the Vinnu Fonna Glacier. The False Flow falls into the Driva river near the village of Hoelsand.
Also, Vinnufossen is easy to reach and is already visible from afar on road 70 when driving east from Sunandalsura. After 5.5 kilometers from Sundalsøra you can see Vinnufossen on the left side of the valley.
- Location: Møre og Romsdal, Norway
- Height: 865 metres (2,838 feet)
06. Skorga – 2,871 feet
Skorga is one of the top 10 highest waterfalls in the world and highest in Norway. Its height is about 875 meters (2871 feet). The Skorga falls a total of about 875 meters (2,871 ft) over a linear run of about 1,125 meters (3,700 ft), based on one-metre contour topographic maps. This gives Skorga the distinction of being the highest waterfall ever recorded in Norway.
This gives Skorga the distinction of being the highest waterfall ever recorded in Norway. In addition, the final 600 meters (1.970 ft) of the falls can be easily seen from the valley floor. While the rest of the upper 275 m are hidden from viewpoints along the valley floor in a narrow part of the gorge near the top of the falls.
- Location: Møre og Romsdal, Norway
- Height: 875 metres (2,871 feet)
05. Yumbilla Falls – 2,940 feet
Yumbilla Falls is a high waterfall located in the northern Peruvian region of the Amazonas, near the city of Cuspase. Due to a geographical survey conducted by the Geographical Institute of Peru (IGN) it has been recognized as the fifth highest waterfall in the world known internationally since late 2007.
Moreover, Yumbilla is 2,940 feet high, with the top being 8,936 feet above sea level and the base at 5,998 feet. The height was measured with the help of laser instruments by a geographic survey of the National Geographic Institute of Peru (IGN) in 2007. The region is part of the eastern Peruvian Andes, also known as the Cordillera. Oriental, more precisely, is part of a mountain massif called Cerro Panhuayco.
- Location: Amazonas Region, Peru
- Height: 896 metres (2,940 feet)
04. Olo’upena Falls – 2,953 feet
Oloʻupena Falls is a waterfall located in the north-eastern part of the Hawaiian island of Molokai. It is considered the fourth highest waterfall in the world, and is cited as the tallest waterfall in the United States.
Moreover, the falls are formed on a small, seasonal stream and fall on the edge of one of the world’s highest sea-side cliffs, located between the Pelekunu and Wailau valleys. The falls have cut a groove in the face of the cliff and can only be seen from the sea or from the air. The only real way to see Olo’upena Falls is usually a helicopter from Maui.
- Location: Molokai, Hawaii, United States
- Height: 900 metres (2,953 feet)
03. Tres Hermanas Falls – 2,999 feet
The Peruvian waterfall Las Tres Hermanas, one of the top 10 highest waterfalls in the world, with a height of 914 metres (2,999 ft). It is located inside the Otishi National Park near the northern fork of the Kativirene River in the Peruvian region of Junín. Tres Hermanas is a steep waterfall with three drops or sections and is surrounded by montane forest.
In addition, Tres Hermanas was named because of its shape. Its water is 914 meters high and 12 meters wide, and splits into three parts during its fall. Also, it faces the Kativirene River, and the silhouette of the water creates a scenic view in the midst of the mountains.
- Location: Otishi National Park, Junin Region, Peru
- Height: 914 metres (2,999 feet)
02. Tugela Falls – 3,110 feet
Tugela Falls is a complex of seasonal waterfalls located in the Drakensberg of the Royal Natal National Park in the KwaZulu Natal province of the Republic of South Africa. It is the second highest waterfall in the world after Angel Falls in Venezuela.
There is an argument that Tugela Falls is the highest waterfall in the world instead of Angel Falls. This argument is based on two possible inaccuracies regarding the estimated height of the respective falls.
In addition, waterfalls are easily visible in the park from the main road, especially after heavy rains. There is an undeveloped camping site and mountain hut just above the waterfall. There are two routes to Tugela Falls. The most spectacular trail is at the top of Mont-aux-Sources, starting at “The Sentinel” car park.
- Location: Royal Natal National Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- Height: 948 meters (3,110 feet)
01. Angel Falls – 3,212 feet
Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world in Venezuela. It is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world with a height of 979 m (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 2,648 ft. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Gran Sabana region of the state of Bolivar, and falls on the edge of Mount Auyan-Tepui in Canaima National Park.
Angel Falls is one of the top tourist attractions in Venezuela, although visiting the falls is a complicated affair. The falls are located in a deserted forest. Also, a flight is required from Maiquetia airport or from Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolivar to reach Canaima Camp, which are the starting points for river journeys at the base of the waterfall. River trips typically take place from June to December, when the rivers are deep enough for use by Peiman guides. Less water is seen between December and March as compared to other months.
- Location: Bolivar, Venezuela
- Height: 979 metres (3,212 feet)