Top 5 – Most beautiful waterfalls

I have a thing for waterfalls. Everywhere I go, if I know there’s a waterfall, then I make sure I visit it. There’s something about the sound of the water that I love, it’s kind of refreshing, soothing in a way. So here are my top 5 waterfalls – I know there are plenty others in the world, this is just the top 5 that I’ve seen.

Nevada Falls

Nevada Falls

Nevada Falls – Yosemite National Park, America.

Wikipedia describes it as: “a 594-foot high waterfall on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California. It is located below the granite dome, Liberty Cap, at the west end of Little Yosemite Valley.” 

You have to hike for nearly 2 hours to get to it but once you are there, the views of the falls and the surrounding valley are spectacular.

 

 

Sgwd-yr-Eira

Sgwd-yr-Eira

Sgwd yr Eira – Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Before you think my spell-checker has lost its mind, this waterfall is in Wales, hence the spelling. It is part of the ‘Waterfall Walk’ in the park and is one of 5 waterfalls we saw during that beautiful, if a little strenuous, walk. You can actually walk behind these falls too but watch your step, it’s VERY slippery.

 

Howick Falls

Howick Falls

Howick Falls – Howick, South Africa

The gorgeous waterfall is around 95 m in height (310 feet) and lies on the Umgeni River in South African province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The Zulu people called the falls KwaNogqaza, which means “Place of the Tall One”.

If you know WHEN you’re going to visit, there is an option to abseil down the side of the falls, get collected in a boat at the bottom and then walk back up. Contact the Howick tourism agency for details. Great experience.

 

Getting ready to abseil

Getting ready to abseil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls – Canada

Well, there was no way I could do a ‘Top 5′ waterfalls list without including Niagara Falls. Wow, wow, wow!!! You can’t believe the scale of this without actually seeing it.

According to good ol’ Wikipedia, Niagara falls “is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States”. I was visiting a friend in Toronto so I was standing on the Canadian side looking across to the American side. The noise is deafening and the volume of water coming over these falls is staggering – 85,000 cu ft/s (2,400 m3/s). That’s a LOT of water.

Victoria Falls (Picture courtesy of my cousin, Mandy Merrells)

Victoria Falls
(Picture courtesy of my cousin, Mandy Merrells)

Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe/Zambia

There’s no way I can mention Niagara Falls and not include Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), is on the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is a lot more remote and not as commercialised as Niagara and because of this, feels more ‘wild’. Water flow is around 1088 m³/s (38,430 cu ft/s).

Gullfoss and Skógafoss – Iceland

Okay, okay, so this has become a ‘Top 7′ but honestly which one would YOU leave out?

Gullfoss

Gullfoss

Gullfoss or ‘Golden Falls’ one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. It is the Hvítá river which flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then suddenly drops in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s.

Skókafoss

Skókafoss

Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. It has a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall produces, you can often see a single or double rainbow. Sadly, it was overcast when I visited but the waterfall was no less spectacular.

 

 

So that’s it, my ‘Top 5′ (or Top 7 in this case!).
Where is the most beautiful waterfall YOU’VE ever seen?

 

 

3 Responses to Top 5 – Most beautiful waterfalls

  1. admin says:

    I just realised I am a total fibber – I’ve been on Koh Samui for 7 months and I haven’t yet visited the island’s two waterfalls :-(

  2. Mo haarhoff says:

    Iguazu Falls, Brazil.

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