In the list there are included waterfalls with the height above 300 meters. This list is compiled of several sources but author has not gained confidence that this list is complete. Could it be true, that Europe has such a big share of world’s highest waterfalls? In South America is located the highest waterfall of the world – but there are just few other waterfalls above 300 m?
1. Salto Angel, (Salto Churún Merú)
Location: Canaima National park
River: Gauja (Rio Gauya), tributary of Rio Churún. The last in turn is tributary of Rio Caroni. The name – Gauja – to the river has been given by Latvian Alejandro Laime, who was the first to reach this waterfall by land. The other Gauja river is located in Latvia – in fact it is among the most beautiful rivers of Latvia. Often there is made mistake by telling that this waterfall is on Rio Churún.
Height: 979 m
Other information: At the lower part the waterfall is 150 m wide. Europeans discovered the waterfall in 1935. Waterfalls is named after James Angel – American adventurer, who had to make an emergency landing with his plane nearby in 1937.
2. Tugela Falls
Country: South Africa
Location: Natal National Park
River: Tugela River
Height: 850 m (948 m (Encyclopædia Britannica))
Other information: Cascade of waterfalls. River falls from Drakensberg plateau.
Links: Look at the image at the bottom of this page . Another, very slow page – there is picture of this waterfall as well.
3. Utigord Falls (Utigordsfoss)
River: Glacier stream
Height: 800 m
4. Monge Falls (Mongefoss)
Height: 774 m
5. Mutarazi Falls (Mtarazi)
Location: Nyanga National Park
Height: 762 m
Links: Very slow page.
6. Yosemite Falls
Location: California, Yosemite National Park
River: Yosemite Creek
Height: 739 m (727,5 m?)
Other information: Cascade of waterfalls. Height of the upper cascade- 436 meters. Waterfall could be dry for part of the year.
7. Espeland Falls (Espelandsfoss)
Location: Hardanger fjord
Height: 703 m (approximate)
8. Mara Valley lower Falls (Østra Mardolafoss)
River: Mardala stream – the flow has been decreased by hydropowerplant
Height: 655 m
River: Tyssa – the flow has been decreased by hydropowerplant
Height: 647 m
10. Salto Kukenan, Cuquenan
Country: Venezuela, Guyana
Location: Cuquenan tepui (tepuis – huge, wast plateaus in the south of Venezuela, in the north of Brasil and in Guyana)
River: Rio Cuquenan, tributary of Rio Caroni
Height: 610 m
Links: To my mind this is very interesting homepage with comparatively qualitative pictures.
11. Dudhsagar Falls
Location: Border of Karnataka and Goa states
Height: 600 m
Other information: There are higher waterfalls in India. This is located in luch tropical jungle. The waterfall is not vertical, it falls over the Deccan plateau. It is possible that we hear about this waterfall just because it is very popular tourism destination in Goa state, which is easily accessible for Europeans.
12. Sutherland Falls
Country: New Zealand
Location: Southern Island, Fiordland, not far from Milford Sound
River: Arthur River
Height: 580 m
Other information: Waterfall with three cascades coming from Lake Quill which is fed by glacier in turn. In 1880 this locality was reached by the first European – Donald Sutherland. His name was given to the waterfall.
Links: Not too qualitative image, as well as this image
13. Kjell Falls (Kjellfossen)
River: Gudvangen glacier
Height: 561 m
14. Ahuii Falls
Country: French Polynesia, Nuku-Hiva
Height: 550 m (350 m?)
15. Ribbon Falls
Location: California, Yosemite National Park
River: Ribbon Stream
Height: 491 m (484m ?)
Other information: Waterfall is fed mainly by the melting snow – the maximum is in May and June. For part of the year there is no water.
16. Roraima Falls
Location: Roraima plateau
Height: 457 m
Other information: During the rain there are many waterfalls in Roraima plateau. It is hard to say which one of these waterfalls is the one, which is included in this list…
17. Mara valley upper Falls (Mardalsfossen)
River: Mardala stream
Height: 468 m (517m ?)
Other information: Two cascades, although the falls during the high water form one single fall. The water here is low due to the hydropower plant. At the second half of the summer for one month the water is “aloud” to flow here.
18. Piedra Volada
Location: Chihuahua state
Height: 453 m
Other information: Discovered in 1994, the highest waterfall in Mexico.
19. Della Falls
Location: Brittish Columbia, Vancouver Island, Strathcona Provincial Park
River: Drinkwater Creek
Height: 440 m
Other information: Three cascades, the fall is nearly vertical. The highest waterfall in Canada. The first white man – hunter Joe Drinkwater – saw the waterfall in 1899, it is named after the wife of Drinkwater. Water is fed by the glacier lake.
20. Gavarnie Falls (Grande Cascade)
Location: Pyrenees, Lourdes, Western Pyrenees National Park
River: Gave de Pau
Height: 423 m (425m, 442m ?)
Other information: In Gavarnie circus there are 12 waterfalls falling from steep 400 – 500 m high cliffs – this waterfall is the highest. It has two cascades. Waterfall is fed by the water of Glase lake (Spain) and the melting snow. At the beginning of summer, when the snow melts, both cascades merge into one.
Links: The picture is at the bottom part of this page.
21. Konkoure Falls
Location: Northern part of the country
River: Konkoure River
Height: 411 m
Other information: Konkoure River has got many waterfalls, when running down from Fouta Djallon plateau. The height of these waterfalls is from 24 till 411 metres. (Encyclopædia Britannica)
22. Krimmler Falls
River: Krimmler, tributary of Salzach
Height: 380 m
Other information: The highest waterfall in Austrian Alps. Three cascades, the most impressive has 140 m height.
Links: Special homepage for this waterfall. More informative is this page.
23. Takkakaw Falls
Location: Brittish Columbia, Yoho National Park
River: Takkakaw Creek, Yoho River?
Height: 373 m
Other information: Earlier this was considered to be the highest waterfall of Canada (503 m), but the measurements of year 1985 “lovered” it. Consists of three nearly vertical cascades. Waterfalls are fed by Dali glacier meltwater.
Links: Information and pictures from http://home.earthlink.net/~geoffcon/falls/takakkaw.htm
24. Vetis Falls (Vettisfossen)
Height: 370 m (275 m – Encyclopædia Britannica)
25. Hunlen Falls
Location: Brittish Columbia, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
Height: 365 m (350 m ?)
26. Tin Mine Falls
Location: Kosciusko National Park
River: Tin Mine Creek
Height: 360 m — approximate height
27. Silver Strand Falls (Widows’ Tears)
Location: Yosemite National Park
River: Silver Strand Creek
Height: 357 m
28. Salto Basaseachic
Location: Chihuahua state, Barance del Cobre
River: Piedra Volada stream
Height: 311 m
Links: Many god quality pictures šeit and šeit
River: Staubbach stream
Height: 300 m (298m ?)
30. Gießbach Falls
Location: Bern Alps
River: Gießbach stream
Height: 300m, 7 cascades
31. Cascade de Fachoda
Country: French Polynesia, Tahiti
Height: 300m – approximate height.