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Kaieteur Falls in Guyana

This coffee-coloured scenic wonder can be the highest single-drop waterfall in the world

Kaieteur Falls
Kaieteur Falls
Kaieteur Falls

Although Kaieteur Falls isn't as famed and as powerful as the Niagara Falls, or Victoria Falls, it's renowned as world's largest single-drop waterfall. Its dimensions are truly impressive—221 m high with a width of nearly 100 m.

Kaieteur Falls are located on brownish Potaro River. Its colour looks as though some coffee was dissolved in those waters. There are legends about this river and its undiscovered monsters, maybe some gigantic fish, unknown to us so far. What we know for sure is the waterfall is the most stunning natural site in Guyana, drawing lines of tourists. The good news is travellers usually visit Kaieteur Falls in small groups, so it's never overcrowded, and you'll be able to enjoy pristine sceneries in a pleasant solitude which is so important when it comes to natural sites like this one.

Choosing when to visit the area, one should definitely consider the season of rains, when the falls gain more volume. The interior part of Guyana where the waterfall is located has two rainy seasons—one from May through July, and later again from November through January. Tropical weather may bring surprises, but the best way to avoid floods and similar inconveniences is to come in the end of rainy season, that means either in July or January.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Kaieteur Falls?

Kaieteur Falls is a must-visit site in the interior part of Guyana. You can visit this place either in January or July when the falls gain more volume marking the end of the rainy season. Guyana has two rainy seasons—one from May through July, followed by another from November through January. Therefore, visiting Kaieteur falls during the end of the rainy season helps avoid floods and other discomforts. Show more

Where is Kaieteur Falls located?

Kaieteur Falls, the highest single-drop waterfall in the world, is situated on Potaro River that flows through the mesmerizing locales of Guyana, a South American country. To reach Kaieteur Falls, tourists must take a charter plane from the country's capital city, Georgetown as there are no roads leading to the waterfall. The journey takes approximately an hour and a half. Show more

What is the width of the Kaieteur Falls?

Kaieteur Falls is a singular waterfall, plunging 221 meters at nearly 100 meters wide, making it an impressive sight for all visitors. The waterfall is not as renowned as Niagara Falls or Victoria Falls, but it is a natural wonder that will leave an everlasting impression. So, add Kaieteur falls to your travel destination list, and experience its magnificence. Show more

Are there any legends associated with Potaro River?

Patamona tribe's ancient tales about the Kaieteur Falls' origin are an interesting aspect to explore while visiting the Potaro River. Their legend suggests that a great spirit created the falls. Additionally, there are other imaginative stories that imply the existence of a lost city of gold and monsters, including giant fish in the river that are yet to be found. Show more

How can I make sure to avoid floods and other inconveniences while visiting Kaieteur Falls?

Because of unpredictable tropical weather, it is wise to plan a visit to Kaieteur Falls around the end of the rainy season, either in January or July. This ensures that you avoid floods and discomfort during the visit. Going well-prepared with fitted trekking equipment and following the local guide's instructions can make your trip a safe and enjoyable one. Show more

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