7 continents, 7 waterfalls
Which waterfall reigns supreme? A waterfall for each continent.
As with everything, some waterfalls are more famous than others. We’ve all heard of Iguazu Falls, but what about Blood Falls? Our planet is home to waterfalls of all shapes, sizes and even colours and no continent is without a waterfall that will impress lucky visitors.
Asia: Pearl Shoal Waterfall, Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
Pearl Shoal in Jiuzhaigou Valley Nature Reserve in China is a wide and gentle waterfall that falls in a thin sheet into gully below. Nestled within the UNESCO listed Jiuzhaigou Valley, there could not be a more incredible setting for this waterfall. As the water makes its way towards the waterfall it winds its way through snow-capped mountains and colourful forests. This waterfall is guaranteed to be a highlight of any trip to China.
Africa: Ouzoud Falls, Morocco
Set in the Atlas Mountains and only a few hours away from Marrakech are Ouzoud Falls. In the late afternoon the scene is often completed by the appearance of rainbows – turning this incredible sight into something that is truly spectacular.
North America: Multnomah Falls, United States of America
The sheer size of Multnomah Falls in Oregon is enough to make your jaw drop. At 635 feet with 3 tiered plunges, the Multnomah Falls rush into the Colombia River below. If you would like to get up close and personal with one of the most beautiful waterfalls in America, make sure you take a stroll along Benson Bridge or hike above the falls to get a birds eye view.
South America: Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Surrounded by the pristine rainforest in Kaieteur Falls National Park, the falls are an impressive sight. At 822 feet it is approximately five times higher than the famous Niagara Falls. This, combined with the immense volume of water falling from the Potaro River, makes it one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.
Europe: Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is something very special. Just off Iceland’s main highway, this waterfall is not the highest nor the most powerful. But unlike other waterfalls this one allows you to view it in a very different way. At the bottom of a large cliff, there is a natural walkway behind the waterfall which gives you the opportunity for some special and memorable photography!
Australasia: Mitchell Falls, Western Australia
Mitchell Falls highlight the rugged character of the Australian outback. Located in the Kimberley region in Western Australia, this four-tiered waterfall gracefully winds its way through the red rocks before plunging into the river below. The tropical climate of this region means that the wet season is the best time of year to visit to ensure the water is flowing.
Antarctica: Blood Falls, Antarctica
When you think of Antarctica you generally imagine icebergs not waterfalls. But that is about to change. Blood Falls is a red waterfall that oozes from the ice cap into Lake Bonney. Initially the water was thought to be caused by red algae, however scientists now know that it gets its colour from water that is high in iron-oxide saltwater.