Waterfalls are amazing natural features to see, and many people go out of their way to see them. Some of them are huge, occasionally even straddling two countries, while others are smaller and might offer opportunities to swim under them or even walk behind them. If you want to find the best waterfalls in the world, there are some places that you will find people recommend to you again and again. Some countries are the right choice for one particularly waterfall or set of waterfalls, while others offer several fantastic falls in different parts of the country. Here’s where to go if you want to see some unforgettable falls.
When you think of waterfalls, the Niagara Falls are likely to be some of the ones that come to mind first. There are three falls, which lie across the border between the US and Canada. Most of the falls are in the US, with Horseshoe Falls straddling the border between the two countries. Together, they have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America, and they’re widely regarded as some of the most impressive. But there are plenty of other waterfalls to see in both countries, including Yosemite Falls in California, which are pretty popular too – even though they don’t flow all year.
Another waterfall on the border between two countries is Victoria Falls, which is in both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Based on the combined width and height of the waterfall, it’s the largest in the world, although it’s not the tallest. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world too. One of the great things about it is that it’s so easy to consider Victoria Falls tours and safaris so you can plan a whole trip around seeing the waterfall. As well as visiting both Zambia and Zimbabwe, it’s also possible to combine seeing the falls with a trip to Botswana.
Compared to many other countries, Iceland is small and sparsely populated. But it has some spectacular landscapes and has become particularly popular in the last few years, partly because it has been used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. Iceland has some fantastic waterfalls, including Gullfoss, which is part of the Golden Circle of attractions in Iceland. This waterfall falls in two tiers at different angles. Dettifoss is another waterfall to watch out for in Iceland, along with a number of others.
Iguazu Falls are yet more waterfalls that lie in two countries at once: Argentina and Brazil. They’re the largest waterfall system in the world, with most of the falls in Argentina. Although Iguazu is wider, it’s split into separate falls, so Victoria Falls has the largest single sheet of water. With two international airports close by, the falls are easy to visit and a great site to base your visit around, whether you’re in Argentina or Brazil.
Create a memorable trip by choosing one of these incredible waterfalls, or seek out some other notable falls to see around the world.