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Highest Waterfalls in the World

Top 20 List of Highest Waterfalls on Earth

Angel Falls in Venezuela tops the list of highest waterfalls in the world on two fronts – it is the highest and also has the longest uninterrupted plunge. This list shows its competitors for the title along with the river or source as well as useful facts about each waterfall.

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Highest Waterfalls in the WorldTotal Height (m)Total Height (ft)Longest Drop (m)Longest Drop (ft)Special Features / Discovered byRiver / GlacierCountry
Angel Falls
(Kerepakupai Merú)
97932128072648Discovered by and named after bush pilot Jimmie Angel in 1933.Rio ChurúnVenezuela
Tugela Falls94831104111348Located in KwaZulu-Natal National Park in the Drakensberg.TugelaSouth Africa
Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters)9142999183600Located in an inaccessible jungle area. Several cascades.Peru (Ayacucho)
Oloupena Falls9002953Located on the island of Molokai. Several cascades.USA (Hawaii)
Yumbilla8702854Only carries water during the rainy season. 4 cascades.Peru (Bongará)
Vinnufossen96531667302395Only in spring after the snow melts. Several cascades.Vinnu GlacierNorway
Skorgefossen8642835Only in spring after the snow melts. 9 cascades.Kald GlacierNorway
James Bruce Falls8402756Dozens of cascades plunge to the depths in British Colombia.GlacierCanada
Browne Falls8362743244801The water drops in 6 cascades into the Doubtful Sound (South Island).Lake BrowneNew Zealand
Colonial Creek (Hiavaty Falls)7832569The water descends via 13 drops.Colonial glacierUSA (Washington)
Mongefossen77325367732536Can be admired from the Marstone Station when the snow melts.GlacierNorway
Gocta Falls
(Catarata Gocta)
77125305401772Rediscovered in 2002 by Stefan Ziemendorff (German development worker).CocahuaycoPeru (Bongará)
Johannesburg Falls7512464244801Located in the North Cascades National Park. 5 cascades.GlacierUSA (Washington)
Yosemite Falls73924254361430The water plunges into the Merced River in more than 6 cascades.Yosemite CreekUSA (California)
Trou de Fer72523793051001English meaning: “Iron Hole”. Falls in 4 steps.France (Reunion Island)
Yutaje7152346Located deep in the jungle and poorly researched. 2 cascades.Rio YutajeVenezuela
Salto Kukenan67422116742211Became famous through filming of Arthur Doyle’s “The Lost World”.Rio CaroniVenezuela
Cascade Blanche64021004001312Drop height divided over several cascades.(only in the rainy season)France (Reunion Island)
Seerenbach Falls58519193051001Located in Betlis on Lake Walen. 3 steps.RinquelleSwitzerland
Mutarazi Falls47915724791572Falls into the Honde Valley in two parallel streams.MtaraziZimbabwe

Famous Waterfalls For Comparison:

Famous Waterfalls on EarthTotal Height (m)Total Height (ft)Special Features / Discovered byRiver / GlacierCountry
Victoria Falls120394Discovered in 1855 by David Livingstone and named after Queen Victoria.ZambeziZimbabwe, Zambia
Iguacu Falls8226920 large and 255 smaller falls over a distance of 2.7 km (1.7 miles).Rio IguacuBrazil, Argentina
Niagara Falls58190Natives called them “Thundering Water”. The Rainbow Bridge connects the USA and Canada.NiagaraUSA, Canada

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