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.
The Kaieteur Falls on the Potaro River, rank with Niagara, Victoria and Iguazu Falls in majesty and beauty, but have the added attraction of being surrounded by unspoilt forest. The Fall, nearly five times the height of Niagara with a sheer drop of 228 metres, are nearly 100 metres wide. They are unspoilt because of their isolation.
The overland route used to take over 7 days on trucks used by gold prospectors going to the Mahdia area. It is much easier now. Take a fascinating boat ride up the river to Amatuk and Waratuk Falls and climb to the top of the Kaieteur Falls takes between 2-4 hours but is worth it to watch the blue, white and brown water tumbling into a stupendous gorge. The Kaieteur National Park has a variety of wildlife – tapirs, ocelots, monkeys, armadillos, anteaters, and jungle and river birds.
There are no direct flights to Guyana from the UK; all flights from Europe are routed through the Caribbean, Suriname or the USA. There are daily direct (via Trinidad) and non-stop flights from Miami and New York City to Georgetown. 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.
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)
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Overview Guyana meaning ‘land of many waters’ is aptly named because of its profusion of navigable rivers, creeks, and other bodies of water. These mighty rivers provide essential highways into the rainforest and jungles of the interior that man has made little impact. Today Guyana remains one of the world's most exciting destinations for adventuresome travel and exploration.
Guyana is for the adventurer; it is an eco-tourist’s dream. It is a country where nature has placed its greatest riches. It is a part of the world where you feel the beauty of the nature whisper across your heart. Discover an experience never to be forgotten. Discover the extraordinary wilderness of Guyana.
Where to go The picturesque capital, Georgetown with the 19th-century colonial buildings and charming green boulevards laid out along the lines of the old Dutch canals is a reminiscent of Guyana’s centuries as a Dutch, and then a British colony. While the locals live in striking wooden houses supported on stilts, they have built an imposing St. George's Cathedral, the tallest wooden building in the world.
For many visitors to Guyana, trip highlights will revolve around the interior and its pristine nature, lack of crowds, welcoming locals, traditional villages and the overall sense of stumbling upon an undiscovered secret. The rainforest and savannas will be a highlight as a whole, but there are some gems that will stand out.
One of the most spectacular sights to be seen in the interior is the towering Kaieteur Falls along the Potaro River, five times the height of Niagara. You can also visit the striking beauty of the Orinduik Falls, the Marshall Falls, the Kaieteur Gorge and remote Mount Roraima - the inspiration for Conan Doyle's Lost World.
The Burro Burro River trip at Surama will offer fishing for piranha and paddling dugout canoe trip to Rewa and paddling alone on Grass Pond at sunset a breathtaking experience. And at Wowetta, take an easy hike through pristine primary forest to watch bright orange male Guianan cock-of-the-rocks compete for the females’ attention by dancing on the forest floor.
Many Amerindian villages throughout Guyana are looking to tourism as a way to generate much-needed income. This entails everything from a participatory black caiman research project and nature hikes to eco-lodges and community tours to locally made products. Relive the days of the Wild West on a cattle drive at Dadanawa. Join the Amerindian cowboys as they bring the cows home for branding and castration.
When to go 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.
The best time to visit Guyana is during the dry season that occurs between February-April and July-November. The temperature variation along the coast is between 20 to 33.8 degrees centigrade. 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. Daytime temperatures and humidity are lower than on the coast during the drier months, so the climate here is more comfortable.
Visa British nationals do not need visas to visit Guyana. Visitors are generally given 30 days to remain in Guyana, but extensions can usually be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Georgetown.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Guyana.
Check entry requirements with the Guyana High Commission in London before you travel.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk