More than a list of the most photographed natural landmarks around the world, the following awe-inspiring rivers include excursions, breath-taking beauty, and extraordinary experiences.
Breede River, South Africa
Slip away to the Breede River Valley for a weekend retreat to experience and enjoy the astounding beauty of the Breede River. Rising from the mountains of Ceres, the river flows for some 302 kilometres to meet the Indian Ocean in Witsand. The longest navigable river in the Western Cape, the Breede River provides irrigation for neighbouring fruit and wine farms.
While it may not be one of the longest rivers in the world, Breede River boasts an ecological paradise along the riverbanks, perfect for a day of exploring. If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure be sure to engage in fishing, river rafting, and camping near the Breede River. Better yet, if you’d like to have a view of the Breede River from sunrise to sunset book accommodation at Mudlark, which is located right by the river and has many activities available for guests.
If the Breede River is on your list of places to see, be sure to visit between September and October when the beautiful wild flowers bloom and wine tasting is in season.
Length: 337 kilometres
The Irrawaddy, Barma
The longest river in Barma, the Irrawaddy River, holds some of the country’s most breath-taking views. Stacked along the river you’ll find many beautiful pagodas commemorating the deep, mysterious history of the country and Myanmar people.
Experience the icy blue waters of The Irrawaddy as you kayak for what seems like a limitless journey of blue endlessness. The river is home to a large diversity of animals, and 43 fish species, which is a source of income for the fisherman of Irrawaddy.
Length: 2 100 kilometres
The Yangtze, China
Known as Chang Jiang in China, the Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and ranks as the third longest river in the world after the Nile River. At 6300 kilometres, it’s amazing how the river flows entirely within one country, from the west to the east of China.
Naturally, with the Yangtze River being the largest water system in China, it is historically, economically and culturally important to the country.
Hop onto a cruise to experience the ancient, cultural sites along the river, with opportunities to explore onshore excursions that attract thousands of tourists every year. These onshore attractions include the Fengdu Ghost City, a large complex of shrines and temples dedicated to the after life; including, the awe-inspiring architecture of the Shibaozhai.
Caño Cristales, Colombia
Photos of the Caño Cristales are enough reason to hop on a plane to experience this astonishing natural attraction. Bright hues of green, blue, yellow and even red; where else in the world could you find a river boasting these beautiful rainbow colours? And so it serves as no surprise that the Caño Cristales could be the most beautiful river in the world.
Visiting the Caño Cristales is a three-day mystical journey. The adventure begins with a short flight to La Macarena, and really takes flight when you arrive at the Cano Christales National Park. The people of La Macarena are known for their friendliness, which is the reason why it’s best to hire a local as a guide. The local guides will do more than safely guide you to the river, along the way you’ll have the opportunity to pick their brains on the history and culture of the wonderful land. It’s a true excursion, which includes canoeing and a jeep ride to finally be rewarded of the colourful and awe-inspiring waterway.
Local guides offer an intimate experience, as I’m sure you’d appreciate not travelling and eating in large groups on their account – it takes the adventure out of the experience.
Length: 100 kilometres
The Neretva, Bosnia and Herzegovina
This one’s a hidden gem for sure. One of the cleanest rivers in Europe, the water rushing through the Neretva River is safe for drinking. What makes it most enriching is its cold temperature. During your trip be sure to get a feel of its chilly temperature, and admire one of its main attractions along the way, the 16th century white stone bridge. Of course, if you’d like to take the experience a little further, it is a local tradition to dive off the bridge and plunge into the freezing blue waters of the river.
Length: 230 kilometres
The Rhine, Europe
One of the great rivers of Europe, the Rhine River holds cultural, historical, and economical prominence on the continent. Aside from being the busiest river in Europe, the Rhine River is arguably the most breath taking and photographic. The river flows through six countries, which include Austria, France, Liechtenstein, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Cruising down the river is like a brief overview of the continent’s intricate history as you’ll see castles, medieval fortresses and terraced vineyards, known for producing wonderful rieslings. During July and August you’ll be fortunate to see the castles and palaces light up during the evening, which is a stunning, romantic setting to view with your significant other.