Beautiful River. Photo: KnowInsiders
Beautiful River. Photo: KnowInsiders

Rivers have been an extremely essential part of people’s lives throughout centuries in all parts of the world. Not only do they offer people a source of drinking water, but also help them to fertilize lands as well as to transport goods between two places.

Rivers play an important role in the ecology of the rainforest, wetlands as well as provide habitat for wildlife. And while rivers of the world are important in various aspects, they also are very beautiful and manage to attract a lot of tourists from different corners of the world.

The List of 10 Most Beautiful Rivers in the World

10. Sepik River

9. Mississippi River

8. Volga River

7. Zambezi

6. Mekong River

5. Ganges

4. Danube

3. Yangtze River

2. Nile

1. Amazon River

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Which Are The Most Beautiful Rivers in the World?

10. Sepik River

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Photo: Pinterest

The longest river on the island of New Guinea is the Sepik River. The river originates in the Victor Emanuel Range which is located in the central highlands of Papua New Guinea. Like the Amazon River, most of the lengths of the Sepik River winds in serpentine fashion until it reaches the Bismarck Sea.

The Sepik does not have any large delta unlike many other large rivers but flows straight into the sea. The river is 1,126 kilometers (700 miles) long. It travels North West from its origin following the Great Depression.

The Sepik River does not have any settlements of considerable size. The isolation of the small tribal groups living near the river has given rise to one of the most original and extensive artistic traditions called the “Sepik Art“. The tribal group produces magnificent wood carvings and artful clay pottery. The Sepik is one of the last remaining undisturbed environments in the world.

9. Mississippi River

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Photo: Pinterest

The Mississippi River is one of the largest river systems in the world in terms of size, ecosystem diversity, and biological productivity. It is also one of the essential commercial and famous rivers with great migration routes for birds and fish in North America. The Mississippi River is North America's second-longest river, flowing 2,350 miles from its source at Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico through the middle of the continental United States.

The Missouri River, a Mississippi River tributary, is about 100 miles long. The river is 20 to 30 feet wide at Lake Itasca, the narrowest stretch for its entire length. The mean surface speed of the water is about 1.2 miles per hour at the Mississippi headwaters-about half as fast as people walk. The river flows at about three miles an hour in New Orleans.

Yet velocity varies as water levels rise or fall, and where the river is widening, shrinking, being shallower, or some combination of these factors. Water leaving Lake Itasca, the source of the river, takes about three months to reach the Gulf of Mexico. Today, the river remains a recreational park, a cultural and literary focal point, and a commercial highway for the state, country, and the world. Experience the National Scenic Byway of the Great River Parkway, America's best scenic ride. The Great River Road traces the Mississippi River course traveling through the rich history and inspiring natural beauty of the Mississippi River Valley.

8. Volga River

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Photo: S7 Airlines

Volga is one of the most important rivers in Russia. It is also the longest river in Europe. Including the capital Moscow, there are 11 out of the 20 largest cities of Russia which are situated in the Volga’s drainage basin.

The river originates in the Valday Hills northwest of Moscow at an elevation of only 225 meters (740 feet) and discharges 3,645 km further (2,266 miles) into the Caspian Sea. Even though most of the length of the river freezes for three months every year, The Volga is of great importance for inland shipping and transport in Russia.

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7. Zambezi

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Photo: bestglitz.

The Zambezi river is the fourth longest river in Africa which runs a total of 2,200 miles from the northwest of Zambia through Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique before it finally merges into the Indian Ocean. As well as being beautiful in its own right, the Zambezi River is also home to one of the largest and arguably the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls. The waterfall's grand height and width produces such a great crash when it pours over the mountainside it is known locals as ‘the smoke that thunders’, something which adds even more beauty to this majestic river.

6. Mekong River

Photo: Bamboo Hat Tours
Photo: Bamboo Hat Tours

Another spectacular river from Asia, the Mekong River runs from the famous Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea. The river flows extensively through the countries of China, Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand as well as Cambodia. It is a very important transportation and trade route. Also, the Mekong river comprises about 800 species of fish, as well as 430 mammal species. This river is very important for the food, transportation, farming, as well as power generation of the area.

5. Ganges

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Photo: Fair Observer

Starting from the Gangotri glacier in the Himalayan mountains, the River Ganges runs for around 1569 miles, across India as well as Bangladesh, finally entering the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges River is considered extremely sacred or holy in the Indian religion of Hinduism. So much so, that people worship the river as the goddess Ganga and some cities through which the river flows are a very famous place of worship in the country, with millions of people visiting the river every year. The Ganges is home to more than 90 species of amphibians as well as 140 species of fish. Also found here, are unique species, such as the Ganges river dolphins and the Ganges river sharks.

4. Danube

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Photo: GetYourGuide

The Danube is the second-longest river in Europe after the Volga. Being the borders of 10 European countries, the river is one of the most important rivers in Europe. It was one of the long-standing frontiers of the Roman Empire. It originates in the Black Forest in Germany and flows through 4 capitals, before discharging into the Black Sea. It is about 2850 km (1771 miles) long.

In 1992 the German Rhine-Main–Danube Canal has been completed. Since then the river has been part of a trans-European waterway from the Black Sea all the way to Rotterdam on the North Sea.

3. Yangtze River

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Photo: Pinterest

About 6300 km long (3915 miles), the Yangtze River is the longest river in China and the third-longest in the world. Yangtze River originates in a glacier lying on the eastern part of the Tibetan plateau and passes through the spectacular Yangtze Gorges, which are noted for their natural beauty, and flows into the East China Sea. The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydro-electric power station in the world.

Including commercial traffic such as coal as well as manufactured goods and passengers, the Yangtze River is one of the world’s busiest waterways. Several days long river cruises through the beautiful and scenic Three Gorges area are also very popular.

2. Nile

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Photo: Hello! magazine

The Nile River is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa. It is Africa's longest river and the world's famous rivers, as the Brazilian government says the Amazon River is longer than the Nile. The Nile, which is approximately 6,650 km long, is an "international" river as it spans 11 countries, namely Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, the Republic of Sudan and Egypt. River Nile is lovely, and on the river, you can see the beautiful sunset.

They also have short cruises on the Nile. The Nile Shore is gorgeous, caudal, calm, clean, and surrounded by centuries-old fantastic historic sites. The River Nile is created from the White Nile, originating from Lake Victoria and the Blue Nile, arising from Lake Tana in Ethiopia. Both rivers meet in Sudan and then head north toward the sea on their long journey. In general, the Nile is Egypt and Sudan's primary source of water. The river has been providing a source of irrigation for thousands of years to turn the dry region around it into lush farmland. The river continues to serve today as a source of the flooding, and it is a significant route for transportation and commerce.

1. Amazon River

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Photo: Viator

South America's Amazon River is the world's largest river by drainage volume of water, and by some standards, it is the longest. For several reasons, Amazon is the world's famous rivers. It is South America's largest river and the world's most extensive drainage system in terms of its flow volume and basin area. The Amazon River is vast, a dynamic water system that weaves through one of the world's most essential and fragile habitats, South America's Amazon rain forest. In terms of volume and width, it is by far the most powerful river on Earth, attaining a span of almost 30 miles (48 kilometers) in some parts during the rainy season. Many unique species of animals, trees, and plants are home to the river and its basin. The 4,000-mile (6,437 km) journey of the Amazon River starts high in the Andes.

These mountains act as a wall that blocks the warm, moist air from the east, resulting in dense, persistent rainfall that feeds the headwaters of the Amazon consistently. The Amazon River is home to over 5,600 known fish species, including 100 electric fish species and up to 60 piranhas species. Here, too, the arapaima or pirarucu, one of the world's largest freshwater fish (up to 15 feet or 4.6 meters in length). The dolphin from the Amazon River is the world's largest river dolphin species; its color changes from gray to pink to white with age.

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