There is no better thrill for a trekker than finding a cascading waterfall awaiting you at the end of the day’s trek – the mightier the better! Guyana is dotted with magnificent waterfalls, that would surely excite any adventure traveller and is a tremendous hook to people considering a visit to this beautiful country. If you don’t want to get to there by foot, you are spoilt by a choice of transportation options – airplanes, river boats and by road.
Regardless of the images and videos that you may have seen, Kaieteur Falls will leave you spellbound. The falls lie in the namesake national park, where the Potaro River meanders through the green and lush rainforest, then plunges down a stunning 741 feet, forming a cloud of mist as it goes. Kaieteur is one of the highest in the world as a single drop plunge of water. While trekking on foot to Kaieteur is made for adventurers, the majority of travellers first see it from the window of a Cessna plane, flying right over the falls before they land.. From the grassy runway where the plane lands, there are three strategic trails that offers you various vantage points to view the waterfalls. Kaieteur can be easily experienced as a day trip from Georgetown.
A thunderous fall of over 200 feet from a U-shaped escarpment has all the trappings of a glorious sight – frothy water, a haze of mist and thunderous sound of water crashing into the rocks below. Needless to say, the falls is made for those who like a good tryst with nature. Amaila Falls lie on one of the tributaries of the Potaro River.
Often filled with picnickers from Lethem, Kumu Falls offer an easygoing experience for leisure travellers. Grab a beer and sit in the cool, shallow waters of the river. At the head of the falls, the water gushes over large boulders which are sturdy enough to stand or sit on and feel rejuvenated as fresh water massages your body. Kumu Falls can be accessed via a well-trodden path, and even has a camping and picnic ground at the base if you would like to cook your own food. If you are feeling lazy you can always order a local pepperpot prepared on location.
Skirting the boundary of Brazil, the Ireng River softly tiers over a large rock-scape, with the Pakaraima Mountains silhouette visible in the distance. It is best accessed via a 4X4 safari for a truly thrill-seeking experience, but you can also get there via small Cessna planes as well. It is a great option for a short trip from Georgetown. The nearest village lies quite a few miles away, so during a visit to the falls you are most likely to have the falls all to yourself. You can use a basic rest house to spend the night or hang your hammock on a tree and gaze at the star-studded sky at night. Most local tour companies do offer a combined Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls tour, so why not make the most of your waterfalls experience!
King George VI Falls
King George VI Falls, ‘Oshi’ to the locals, is a splendid show of nature that enthralls all who come to visit. A Danish explorer was the first European to discover it in 1938. Located on the Kamarang River (also known as Oshi) in the far south of the country, it is relatively lesser known and wonderful for those who like to explore truly offbeat trails!
Nature has blessed Guyana with beautiful waterfalls and the journey to see them is an adventure in itself. Add these to your itinerary for a truly refreshing take on adventure!
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