Kaieteur Falls Guyana World’s Largest Single Drop Waterfall

Kaieteur Falls Guyana World’s Largest Single Drop Waterfall

Guyana (approximatively 777 800  inhabitants) is the only is the only English-speaking country in South America.  Although bordered by Brazil, Suriname, and Venezuela, the Republic of Guyana is, however, often considered part of the Caribbean region because of it’s strong cultural, historical, and political ties and similarities with others Caribbean Communities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Unknown to many people, the country is constantly facing challenges in attracting more tourists despite the fact that it has one of the most impressive attractions on earth. A secret and breathtaking location that only a few have heard of.

Actually, located on the Potaro River, west-central Guyana, Kaieteur Falls is the world’s widest single drop waterfall.

The fall was discovered in 1870 by the European explorer, Barrington Browne. Established in 1929 when the country was still under British control, the national park of the waterfall was Guyana’s first legally protected area.

“Legend has it that the waterfall draws its name from a selfless Patamona Amerindian chief named Kai. In an effort to appease the Great Spirit Makonaima, Kai sacrificed himself to save his tribe from the vengeful Caribs. Appeasing gods takes bold acts and Kai outdid himself by paddling over the point where the Potaro River tumbles into the gorge below. If nothing else, he succeeded in getting a natural wonder named after him (teur means ‘falls’ in a local dialect).”

Although less well-known than the Niagara Falls, “Kaieteur Falls” (741 feet) is 5 times the height of the Canadian falls and twice the size of “Victoria Falls” (Zimbabwe, Africa)

The most visited attraction offers :

  • Breathtaking views while flying
  • All Angles Experience                                                                                                 (Experience Kaieteur Falls from Johnson’s View, the Boy Scout View and the Rainbow View.)
  • and more…


How to get to the Falls?

Tourists usually visit the site by chartered aircraft from Georgetown (1-hour flight), but a road and river expedition is also possible.

Several options such as A 4-hour day trip or a 5-day overland trip, both starting and ending in Georgetown.

Rates (based on bloggers experience)

Day Trip

$145 – $200 USD (30,000 GYD)


Overland Trip

Around $800

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