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8 Tallest Waterfalls in the World Based on Height

by Jane Sophia
Wailua waterfalls

Of so many natural attractions in the world, if you ask me which one draws more number of visitors, I would say Waterfalls or any water bodies that include oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Waterfalls wherever they appear to convert the whole area within its vicinity a tourist attraction. First, restaurants come up and as the crowd gets bigger, lodges spring up followed by gift shops. Self-appointed guides start earning a livelihood. Thus, the entire area surrounding a waterfall becomes a beehive of tourist activity and a village is born out of a remote area.

The taller the waterfall is, the more number of tourists they attract because of the thunderous sound it creates and the mist that enshrouds the surroundings. By ‘tall’ I mean the length of the vertical drop of the water from its origin. In this blog post, we will visit some of the tallest waterfalls in the world.


The waterfalls are not arranged in any order but only randomly.

  1. Manawainui Waterfalls, Hawaii- 2,360 feet


Tourists to Hawaii need to go to Maui Island to see this majestic waterfall located in the Manawainui Valley. Visitors to Manawainui Falls are also in for a great surprise as there are several more Falls nearby that are:

Upper Haalani Falls

Lower Haalani Falls

Alelele Falls

Nuanualoa Falls

Kaukaua Falls

Waimoku Falls

Lelekea Falls

Kukui’ula Falls

  1. Cascades de Trou de Fer , Reunion Island- 2,380 feet

Cascades de Trou de Fer waterfalls


Réunion Island, though located in the Indian Ocean, belongs to France. This beautiful island is known for its volcanoes, coral reefs, beaches, and dense rainforests. The Trou de Fer Canyon is located on the Reunion Island and the tall waterfall known as ‘Cascades de Trou de Fer’ is inside the canyon. People visiting the exotic Madagascar Island make it a point to visit the Reunion Island also which is in the proximity of the Madagascar Island.


  1. Avalanche Basin waterfalls, Montana, US – 2,320 ft

Yosemite waterfalls

The two tall waterfalls located inside the Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S. are the Avalanche Basin Falls and Harrison Basin Falls. This place is a hikers’ paradise; the trail along the creek and up to Avalanche Lake is very rich biologically that also looks breathtakingly beautiful.

  1. Angel WaterFalls, Venezuela -3,212 feet

Looking at the height from where the water falls uninterruptedly, I know this should have been placed on top of this list but as I told in the beginning, this list of tallest Falls in the world is not compiled in any logical order.

Venezuela is the pride owner of Angel Falls, the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall. The water originates from Auyantepui Mountain. It is one of the tourist attractions in Canaima National Park, Bolívar State, Venezuela. The adjoining jungle is full of rich flora that a nature lover likes to see.

  1. Kjeragfossen Waterfalls,  Norway-2,346 feet

Kjeragfossen waterfall is accessed in Norway. To be more specific, to watch this tall waterfall, you need to go to Forsand municipality in in Rogaland county, Norway.

The water starts its descent from the scenic Kjerag plateau. One can enjoy this one of the tallest Falls in the world and the tallest in Europe only for five months in a year. The rest of the year, people watch the video clip above and remain contended. Oh God! What a gorgeous looking scene!

  1. Gocta Catarats Waterfalls, Peru -2,530 feet

Gocta Catarats waterfalls

The Peruvians are really lucky to have this stunning-looking Amazon waterfall, one of the tallest waterfalls in South America. Unlike its Norwegian waterfall Kjeragfossen, the Peruvian Gocta Catarats waterfalls are perennial Falls. There are two of them actually that finally flow into the Cocahuayco River. You can locate the Gocta Catarats Falls in Peru’s province of Chachapoyas. Be prepared for a long travel to see this tall South American waterfalls if you start from Lima, the capital of Peru. However, even if you decide to hit the road, you won’t regret it as the drive can be scenic and full of surprises.

  1. Yosemite Waterfall, California, U.S. – 2,425 feet

Yosemite waterfall

The Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfalls in California State, United States. The Yosemite National Park is the pride of the Californians and is a very popular holiday destination that attracts tourists all through the year. There are three waterfalls in Yosemite area namely:

  • Upper Yosemite Fall
  • The middle cascades
  • Lower Yosemite Fall

The other tall waterfalls in Yosemite National Park are:

  • Sentinel falls
  • Wapama falls
  • Ribbon fall
  • Horsetail fall
  • Chilnualna Falls
  • Bridalveil Fall
  • Nevada fall
  • Vernal fall

Oh, these Falls can be a feast for the eyes but only if you visit the Yosemite National Park during the spring reason.

  1. Mutarazi WaterFall, Zimbabwe-2532 feet

Mutarazi waterFall

Even the image clearly says it is an African wonder. Mutarazi Falls are one of the tallest waterfalls in Africa and are ranked as the second highest waterfalls in Africa, the Tugela Falls in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is the number one ranked tallest waterfalls in Africa. The vertical water drop is from a height of 3,110 feet.

To view the Mutarazi Falls, you need to visit the Nyanga National Park in Zimbabwe. Ironically, you have to plan your visit to Zimbabwe during summer when the tall waterfalls are in full flow.

I feel like writing about the Victoria Falls too but it deserves dedicated blog coverage. After all, it is VICTORIA FALLS buddy!

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