Iguazu Falls vs. Victoria Falls (with Photos)

This updates an article I posted in 2010, with photos showing different views of mighty Iguazu Falls and Victoria Falls. Click here to read the original article.

I’ve had the rare opportunity to visit two of the world’s great waterfalls, Iguazu (Iguaçu) Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border in South America and Victoria Falls (Mosi-Oa-Tunya) on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border in Africa. Each was just a few hours’ drive from my former homes in Asunción, Paraguay and Lusaka, Zambia, respectively, and I visited them often. As measured by water volume, both are the two largest and arguably most spectacular waterfalls in the world.

It’s easy to conclude when you visit one that it’s more impressive than the other. Some claim that Iguazu Falls is better while others prefer Victoria Falls. Iguazu Falls is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and is the wider of the two with cascades that look like bridal veils. Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Site, is higher with a massive curtain of water during the rainy season that disappears in the dry season. Iguazu has the “Devil’s Throat,” a narrow falls where the water crashes into a torrential pool, and Victoria the “Devil’s Pool,” a whirlpool at the edge of the falls where visitors can swim during the dry season. One is in Africa and the other in South America, lending geographical biases in favor of one or the other.

What do you think? Here are photos of each waterfall at different times of the year. Decide for yourself.

Iguazu Falls / Iguaçu Falls – Argentina-Brazil

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (1)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (3)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (4)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (5)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (6)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (7)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (8)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (9)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (10)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (12)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (11)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (13)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu (14)

2008_01_19 Brazil Iguazu

Victoria Falls / Mosi-Oa-Tunya – Zambia-Zimbabwe

2010_11_05 Zambia Victoria Falls (1)

2010_11_05 Zambia Victoria Falls (4)

2010_11_05 Zambia Victoria Falls (6)

2010_11_05 Zambia Victoria Falls (11)

Which waterfall do I think is more impressive? Click here to find out.

2010_11_05 Zambia Victoria Falls

Zambia Map


Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. October 11, 2012    

    Amazing pics, Mike! If I have any new places on my wish list to visit, it’s these two! Thank you for sharing.

    P.S. You looked cute all drenched up in that yellow cape 😉

    • mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
      October 12, 2012    

      Ha ha, thanks. Half the time at Victoria Falls I had to wear rain gear because of all the mist coming off the waterfalls. How it goes from dry and looking like the Grand Canyon to wet and a wall of roaring water is amazing.

  2. October 11, 2012    

    Wow! Wonderful photos. More places for my bucket list. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
      October 12, 2012    

      Thanks, Jane. Excellent choices.

  3. October 11, 2012    

    Breathtaking photos! WOW! I love Niagara Falls – my hometown. Plus I haven’t had the pleasure to witness first hand Iguazu or Victoria.

    Lovely, just lovely.

    • mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
      October 12, 2012    

      Thanks! Ironically, I’m from the states and haven’t seen Niagara Falls! Someday I will, just like Sardinia.

  4. Kas's Gravatar Kas
    October 12, 2012    

    I vote for the Victoria Falls because I am Zambian.:)A little biased but I can’t deny how beautiful the falls are.

    • mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
      October 12, 2012    

      That’s understandable. They’re both incredible in different ways. My favorite moment at Victoria Falls was walking the bridge to Knife’s Point and being drenched in mist from the falls!

  5. October 12, 2012    

    Lover of waterfalls – loving your photos – thanks for sharing – some beautiful places to explore indeed! Have a Great One:)

    • mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
      October 12, 2012    

      Thanks! They’re even better in person. 🙂

  6. October 12, 2012    

    Incredible Mike! Wow.

    • mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
      October 16, 2012    

      Thanks, Van! I feel lucky to have seen both — within months of each other. Both blew me away.

  7. Sil's Gravatar Sil
    June 1, 2013    

    I voted for Iguazu Falls; Im from Misiones. And is undeniable the beauty of that place. Plus you got water every time of the year (just being sarcastic hahaha). Victoria’s falls are impressive though!

    September 23, 2013    

    I’ve been to both, all I can say is spectacular.

    Victoria falls is more of a challenge to photograph though, and far more powerful than Igazu.

    And viewing the victoria falls from air is second to none.

    Victoria falls is also spectacular from livingstone island. And there is many more activities to do other than viewing the falls. quite pricey though.

  9. December 29, 2013    

    I always wanted to see the Iguazu Falls – loved my time there.
    Incidentally they had 50% more water than usual currently. This made for
    a lot of white water 🙂

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