10. Ramnefjells Walls (Ramnefjellsfossen)
Located in the county of Sogn og Fjordane in the township of Stryn, Nesdalen in Norway, the Ramnefjellsfossen waterfall is a series of horsetail cascades with the tallest single drop measuring 1,968 feet (600 meters).
However, the total height, if we include all the smaller cascades from the end of the Ramnefjellsbreen Glacier and those below the main point, is 2,685 feet (818 meters).
Because of the small flow of water coming from the Jostedal Glacier, it was never used for hydroelectric purposes, unlike other waterfalls in Norway.
9. Kukenam FallsThe Kukenam Falls also known as Cuquenan Falls has the largest plunge waterfall in the world. Located in Salto, on the Guyana-Venezuelan border, it’s famous for the tallest single drop of 2,000 feet (610 meters).
It springs from the 8,620 feet (2,627 m) high Kukenaam Mountain and falls towards the Kukenan Tepui, plunging into the Arabopo river on the Cuquenan Plateau at Mata Hui. If you’re in Venezuela, don’t miss it!
8. Lang Falls (Langfoss)
Located in Horadland, western Norway, Langfoss is a cascade that falls for a total of 2,008 feet (612 meters) before it leaps out into Åkrafjorden.
Because the European route E134 runs along the base of the waterfall, many people get to stop by for pictures or just to admire the majestic natural phenomenon; one of the main reasons some consider it to be the most beautiful waterfall in the world.
7. Alfred Creek FallsAlfred Creek, is one of the tallest waterfalls in North America.
It runs off of the Alfred Glacier, and cascades down a solid bedrock wall for 700 meters before slamming onto a large alluvial fan. Located in the Sunshine Coast, in Canada the estimated height of the waterfall is 2,296 feet (700 meters).
6. Kjerag Waterfalls (Kjeragfossen)
Kjerag also known as Kiragg, is a Norwegian mountain, located in Lysefjorden, the Rogaland county.
It’s famous for its big stone, plugged between two big rocks, its great climbing and diving, as well as its extremely tall waterfall that plunges for 2,345 feet (715m). The view is spectacular, so remember to take your camera!
5. Mana’wai’nui FallsIn Maui, Hawaii (not exactly the first place I expected to discover a huge waterfall) lie the Mana’wai’nui Falls.
In native Hawaiian, it means “many spirited waters” - that’s because during the rainy season, as many as 25 segmented horsetails are formed. The tallest single drop of the Mana’wai’nui Falls is 2,360 feet (719m).
4. Ølmäa Falls (Ølmäafossen)In Rauma, the Møre Og Romsdal province of Norway, just west of Mongefossena, lies the tallest waterfall in Europe and it’s a horsetail-type.
Strangely enough, it doesn’t have a name - Ølmäafossen is just used to refer it to it in conversation! The water comes from the small glacier on the Romsdalen plateaus and falls down slowly. The drop is 2,362 feet (720m) high.
3. Monge Falls (Mongefossen)Mongefossen, in Norway is the tallest waterfall in the country with a total drop estimated to be at 2,535 feet (773m).
Most of its water is used for hydroelectric production, which is the main reason why it’s dry most of the year, unless you get there during the great thawing of the snow (mid-spring to mid-summer).
2. Waihilau FallsIn Hawaii’s large Waimanu Valley, the Waihilau Falls are the second tallest in the world, with an estimated drop of 2,600 feet (792m).
For hikers, the valley is extremely fascinating - the whole area was abandoned in 1940 and it has become one of the few unaltered and unspoiled locations in Hawaii. And if you get to see a “monstrous” rainbow, the word “beautiful” will not adequately describe what you’ll see.
1. Angel FallsThe tallest waterfall in the world with a total height of 3,212 feet (979m) and a clear drop measuring 2,648 feet (807m), is Angel Falls (Kerepakupai merú ) located in the Canaima National Park, in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State, Venezuela.
The first to discover the waterfall was Ernesto de Santa Cruz in 1910. Notwithstanding this, the story of pilot Jimmy Angel who first saw the falls in 1937 (and subsequently nose-dived into them) is far more famous. Luckily, he and all the passengers escaped unharmed and received near-legendary status in Venezuela. Angel Falls were named after him. They are also known as Kerepakupai merú (in indigenous) which means “fall from the deepest place.”
The falls consist of a 2648 foot plunge, where the water comes out of the face of Auyan Tepui, then it cascades down steep talus before dropping over another 100 foot cascade. No one seems to know what the stream the falls occur on is called.
For the longest time, there have been references to Angel Falls being known in Pemon (the local language) as Churún Merú, and the falls subsequently being on Rio Churún. However, the real Pemon name of the falls is Kerepakupai Merú, which means "fall from the deepest place".
To further clear this issue, Churún Merú is a totally different waterfall of about half the height of Angel Falls, located further up the large canyon by-secting Auyan Tepui. The top of the Tepui from which the falls drop is heavily fractured and jointed sandstone.
The waters above the falls drop into a series of cracks, crevices, and gorges and burst out of the cliff face about 50 feet below the brink. The waterfall segments in periods of highest water.
Pilot Jimmy Angel is widely credited for discovering the falls in 1937, but the true discoverer was one Ernesto de Santa Cruz, who found the falls in 1910. The falls were subsequently named for Jimmy Angel, since he was the first westerner to view the falls.