One of Mother Nature’s most gentle yet exhilarating and stunning creations in the world is the waterfall. There is just something spellbinding about gazing at water fall off a rock face into a pool or
One of Mother Nature’s most gentle yet exhilarating and stunning creations in the world is the waterfall. There is just something spellbinding about gazing at water fall off a rock face into a pool or thundering river below. The noise it makes, the utter volume of water – it’s magical. There are thousands and thousands of waterfalls scattered across the world, however not all are created equal.
Here are some of the falls that we admire the most.
Niagara Falls, on the USA-Canada border, is unquestionably the best-known waterfall on the planet. It gets somewhere between 14 and 20 million visitors every year and has been the location for many risky and daring feats, such as that done by Annie Edson Taylor, who was the very first person to survive a voyage over the Niagara Falls in a barrel.
At 1203 m (3950 ft) wide, it’s far from the biggest waterfall around, however it is the falls that has largest volume of water travelling through it. It has three distinct parts: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe, or Canadian, Falls. The absolute best view is from a boat trip on the water. Just make sure to bring your poncho.
In southern Africa, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is the iconic Victoria Falls. Surrounded by lush terrain, water seems to flow like curtains off the cliff’s edge, resulting in photographs that are almost as impressive as the in-person experience.
Jog Falls, India
Deep in the state of Karnataka is the magnificent Jog (or Joga) Falls, which is also known as the second steepest waterfall in India. At a lofty 830 ft (253 meters), the falls offer impressive views of the down rush over an extraordinarily lush Indian landscape. So if you’re a waterfall junkie travelling through India, Jog Falls needs to be on your itinerary.
Though quite pleasant during the year, Spring to early Summer (April to July) is the very best time to go for a great balance between high water levels as well as low heat, as the temperatures tend to remain between 23 and 32 degrees Celsius. In actual fact, pros go during the height of monsoon season, when the waterfalls are said to be at their most impressive.
This stunning 580m waterfall is easily New Zealand’s most breath-taking waterfall. As one of many, many highlights of the Milford Track – declared one of the absolute best walks in the world – it sits in one of New Zealand’s most picturesque spots, perfect for relaxing in and checking out the latest horse racing tips. Indeed, this waterfall has a whole lot going for it!
Spanning the border of Brazil and Argentina in South America, Iguazu Falls is not only among the biggest waterfalls of the world however is also the most captivating. Formed by the Iguazu River, this magnificent sight is actually a collection of almost 275 distinct waterfalls, arranged in a horseshoe shape. While the river which is the start of the falls is found on the Brazilian border, the majority of the falls are in Argentina.