10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

vic 730x350Few natural forces on earth can rival the power of large bodies of water in motion. The sight of water taking a dramatic plunge over a cliff or mountain’s edge in order to carry on its peaceful journey below is unrivaled in its raw energy. People will often travel the the world to lay their eyes on the very best waterfalls. Some waterfalls are incredibly tall, some are monstrously wide while others are unusually composed and uniquely picturesque. Ranging from the famous Niagara Falls in North America to Iguazu Falls in South America, read on for the ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

1) Victoria Falls, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa and cascades down from the River Zambezi. The largest waterfall in the world when calculated by both width and height, Victoria Falls is 354 foot high and a gargantuan 5,604 foot wide. A jewel in the continent of Africa’s many breath-taking landscapes, Victoria Falls was originally known as Mosi-ao-Tunya, meaning the Smoke That Thunders in the local language. The name of the falls changed in 1855 when they were discovered by Scotsman David Livingston and dedicated to the British monarch, Queen Victoria, in whose name the colonizing of large parts of the world was taking place.