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.
Skirting the boundary to Brazil, the falls make the Ireng River softy tier over a large rock-scape, while the Pakaraima Mountains stand in the distance. It is best accessed via a 4X4 drive on a safari, but has connectivity via small Cessna planes as well. It is a great option for a short trio from Georgetown. The closest village lies slightly away from the falls, so one is assured of an exclusive time. You can use a basic rest house to stay the night or better still, hang your hammock on a tree and see the star studded sky at night.
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 around and sound of water crashing into the rocks below. Needless to say, the falls are made for those who like a good tryst with nature. Amaila Falls lie on one of the tributaries of the Potaro River.
Dotted with picnickers from Lethem and around, the Kumu Falls offer an easygoing experience for leisure travellers. Grab a beer and sit in the shallow but cool waters of the river. At the head of the water, the falls gush over large boulders but are still safe to stand under and feel the thrill of tingling water on your body. Kumu Falls can be accessed via a well-worn path, and even has a camping and picnic ground at the base for people to cook their own food, or order a Pepper Pot being made at the venue.
King George VI Falls
‘Oshi’ to regulars, King George VI Falls are a splendid show of nature that promise to enthrall. A Danish explorer first located it in 1938. Located on the Kamarang River (also known as Oshi) in the far south of the country, it is relatively lesser feted and therefore, wonderful for those who like offbeat trails. It is said to be the 19th highest waterfall in the world and has a drop of about 525 feet.Nature’s wealth is ample in Guyana and waterfalls make a large part of the exploration. Add these to the itinerary for a (literally) refreshing take on adventure!