The Victoria Falls are claimed to be many things – the largest , greatest, biggest waterfall in the world. In fact, there are taller, wider and bigger waterfalls , but are they better? And how do we measure them? Here we have a completely unbiased look at waterfalls of the world and observe they compare.
Depending on how you measure and classify a waterfall , different falls should come from top. There are numerous different lists of the world’s top waterfalls , based on varying classifications and measurements.
The easiest category to determine, the tallest waterfall in the world , is universally consented to be Angel Falls (or Kerepakupai Merú) in Venezuela, which drop an amazing 979 metres. Vic Falls , having its maximum drop of 105 metres , does not make the most effective 100. It’s not the tallest waterfall in Zimbabwe, which is taken by Mutarazi Falls , which are 479m high.
In regards to the residual categories, two other waterfalls contend with the Victoria Falls for the general title – Niagara Falls , in Canada, and Iguazu Falls kalev kosk Argentina. Whilst neither of the score highly on height (Niagara deepest drop is just 51 m, Iguazu’s 82 m), all three compete for the general title of the largest waterfall in the world.
With a complete width of 1,708 metres , Vic Falls in many cases are claimed while the widest waterfall in the World. The Iguazu Falls claims a larger total width of 2,682m. Niagara , with a complete width of 1,204 m, are from the running here.
However these total widths do not represent an individual or unbroken line of water. Iguazu is broken up into a huge selection of separate, smaller, cascades, of different levels and heights. Even the Victoria Falls is divided, by two islands (Cataract Island and Livingstone Island) towards its western end, although it still regarded an individual, continuous, fall-line. Consequently of this technicality the Victoria Falls in many cases are claimed while the largest continuous curtain of falling water.
The last, and most difficult, category for measuring the world’s waterfalls is by level of flow , here measured in cubic metres per second (cms). The Victoria Falls have the average level of 1,088 cms , and are beaten both by Niagara (2,407 cms) and Iguazu (1,746 cms).
However, the Victoria Falls and Zambezi River fluctuate with a huge seasonal variation of flow , and an annual average flow figure hides these variations. At its highest point, in March/April, it’s estimated a monthly average of 3,000 to 6,000 cms of water flow over these Falls , and its highest recorded flow was over 12,000 cms. Iguazu holds an identical record, although lower standard annual range, whilst Niagara features a highest flow of only 6,800 cms.
What sticks out, compared with the major waterfalls of the world , is that the Victoria Falls are unique. No other Falls of such size are so perfectly formed, with a nearly constant vertical drop of 100m over a nearly straight fall-line of 1,700 metres in width.
All categories considered, the general title of biggest, greatest or largest waterfall in the world is highly debatable. For us, Niagara is just a comfortable third, Iguazu second and Victoria Falls a straightforward first.