Guyana Kaieteur Falls
Kaieteur National Park is a nature reserve in Guyana’s central Potaro-Siparuni region. It is known for its Kaieteur Falls on the Potaro River, creating the most spectacular sight. The park encompasses the Pakaraima Mountain region on the Guiana Shield, a plateau that is one of the world’s oldest. Its distinctive feature is table-top mountains, called tepuis by the Indians. Kaieteur Falls is located where Roraima formation gives way to the lowlands and drops over 200m into a basin below.
Begin in Georgetown, the chief port and capital of Guyana. Transfer to the gold-mining town of Mahdia, then travel by boat to Amatuk, a beautiful island of white sand. Nearby are the Amatuk falls with a 50-metre drop. Continue by boat to the bottom of Kaieteur Falls. Take a four and a half trek to the top of the mountain for grandeur views of the mighty Kaieteur Falls, the highest single-drop waterfalls in the world.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 7-DAY GUYANA KAIETEUR FALLS TREK…
And, experience camping in the rainforest, home to giant anteaters & Jaguars.
Guyana Kaieteur Trek
Georgetown, Amatuk Falls, Waratuk, Kaieteur
(7 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Georgetown Meet and greet in Guyana and transfer to Georgetown, the chief port and capital, located on the right Bank of the Demerara River Estuary. The Dutch fortified this location to guard their early settlements and also largely designed the city to be laid out in a rectangular pattern with wide tree lined avenues and irrigation canals that crisscross the city. Transfer to Cara Lodge, one of the oldest wooden buildings in Georgetown which has become the best known hotel in the country.
Overnight at Cara Lodge.
Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Georgetown Enjoy a morning Georgetown city tour, highlighting the extraordinary wooden architecture and to shop in its exciting markets and craft shops.
The tour will continue with a visit of the Cathedral, the tallest wooden building in the world, the museum and other historic buildings. The afternoon will include a briefing on the overland trip and an opportunity to prepare your gear.
Overnight at Cara Lodge (B)
Day 3 – Explore Mahdia & Amatuk Falls
Amatuk This morning depart Georgetown travelling for 8 hours, passing through the bauxite town of Linden, then through miles and miles of lush rainforest and rolling hills, stopping briefly at ‘58’ where you enjoy a lovely vegetarian lunch or fried local fish or chicken.
Rejuvenated, you continue your journey to the bustling gold-mining town of Mahdia, then to Pamela Landing where you travel by boat for 2 ½ hours to Amatuk. Here, on this beautiful island of white sand with the 170 ft drop Amatuk falls just a few yards away, you camp for the night. A refreshing bath in the river and a sumptuous meal prepared by Melford and Ina are all you need before climbing into your hammock. The fresh, clean air will soon render you fast asleep.
Overnight at camp Amatuk (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Jungle Trek
Waratuk The next day you leave by foot, trekking through the jungle, swimming across creeks and walking across jungle bridges (tree trunks), a short boat-ride through the rapids and you arrive at Waratuk where you camp for the night. BLD
Overnight at Camp Waratuk (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Trek to Kaieteur Falls
Kaieteur Park The next morning, after a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, you set off on foot for Tukiet with the enigmatic Ibini mountain range in a distance as your constant companion. Another short boat ride and you reach just in time for lunch at Tukiet, the bottom of Kaieteur Falls. A cool dip in the river with the ‘Old Man’s Beard’, a beautiful falls, flowing gently down a steep drop from high up the mountain just across the river, and a healthy meal will put you in top gear to begin your climb up the ‘O my God’ mountain.
Did you say that you liked challenges? This climb will challenge you both physically and mentally. With your backpack strapped securely unto your back and your water bottle within easy reach you begin your ascend quite smartly. After four and a half exhilarating hours of climbing, enough time to come to terms with yourself and find out who you really are, you eventually reach the top. The feeling of achievement is indescribable as you proudly view the grandeur of the mighty Kaieteur Falls, the highest single-drop waterfalls in the world. A peaceful and contented night’s rest at the Kaieteur Guest House will refresh you for the next day’s activities.
Overnight at Kaieteur Guest House (B, L, D).
Day 6 – Explore
Kaieteur Park A tour around the Kaieteur Park will prove to be a truly fascinating experience. You will get the chance to view the Kaieteur Falls from several vantage points that offer excellent photo opportunities. The knowledgeable tour guide is a vault of information that is simply incredible. With stealth and a little patience you can get a close- up view of the beautiful, but poisonous ‘golden frog’ and, if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the brilliantly coloured, orange ‘Cock-of-the-rock’. You will also make the acquaintance of several pretty carnivores’ plants, some of which feed on insects. There are lots of beautiful, wild flowers to, including the decorative Heliconia.
Overnight at Kaieteur Guest House (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Transfer
Georgetown After another night at the top of the Kaieteur, listening to tales of ‘Old Kiae’- who is said to have saved his people from the warlike Caribs by throwing himself down the Kaieteur Falls – and hearing the gentle tongue of the Patamona dialect being spoken will surely be remembered for a long time. On the plane to Georgetown you get a final, spectacular aerial view of Kaieteur Falls and the gorge and the awe-inspiring expanse of rainforest and rivers that will hold the secrets of your adventure forever. Transfer and overnight at Cara Lodge. (B, L)
Day 8 – Depart
Georgetown Take a private transfer to the airport and connect with your onward flight. (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are no direct flights to Guyana from the UK; all flights from Europe are routed through the Caribbean, Suriname or the USA. It’s possible to fly from Europe to Guyana via Trinidad or Barbados, hence it is easier to combine a Caribbean stay with your trip to Guyana. Travelling from South American countries to Guyana (except Suriname and northern Brazil) is difficult. As strange as it sounds, all flights entails transferring through Trinidad, Barbados or the USA.
When to go The best time to visit Guyana is during the dry season that occurs between February-April and July-November. Late August is a good time to see Kaieteur Falls, as the discharge of water over the falls is greatest. Inland in the higher plateaux areas there is less rainfall and generally there is a single rainy season from April to September, although all months get some rain. Guyana, along with Surinam and French Guiana have coastlines on the Atlantic, which are open to the influence of the moist northeast trade winds bringing the heaviest rains in the months of May to June and November to January with an average rainfall of about 90 inches.