When it comes to waterfalls, the mightier the better! Luckily, Guyana is blessed with magnificent waterfalls that are bound to captivate any waterfall lover, offering a tremendous attraction for anyone who wants to visit. Some you can only visit by foot, and others you need to fly to or travel by river to see. There are a number of standout waterfalls in Guyana including those that follow.
The majestic Kaieteur Falls in the namesake national park will leave you awestruck. As one of the most beautiful places in South America, this is the highlight of any trip to the country. Following along the course of the Potaro River, the falls tumbles 741 feet. Almost five times as tall as Niagara and twice as tall as Victoria Falls, Kaieteur is considered to be one of the most powerful single drop waterfalls in the world, and one of the top places to see in Guyana. That is why it has been listed as #2 in the World’s Top 100 Highest Rated Waterfalls list. Your journey to Kaieteur Falls starts with an aerial view as your aircraft circles over the falls and the National Park before landing on a short airstrip. The short nature trail with three vantage points affords you breathtaking views of the falls, each better than the last and all a part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For those seeking a little more adventure, you can take the thrilling 3 to 4-day overland trek to the falls. It is also possible to overnight at the Falls in the nearby basic guesthouse to experience thousands of swifts coming to roost behind the cascades as night falls and sip coffee at dawn as the mist lifts above the gorge. Read more about Kaieteur here.
The Ireng River on the border of Brazil comes thundering over red jasper bedrock forming the impressive Orinduik Falls. This 25-metre-long, cascading, multi-tiered waterfall is an idyllic spot for a swim hole. You can easily access the bottom pool and enjoy a cool swim. A basic guesthouse by the falls serves as a good base for visitors to put up a hammock and spend an afternoon or overnight. Orinduik Falls can be reached via a 4×4 drive on a safari trip. You can even visit Kaieteur and Orinduik in one day during a day trip with Roraima Airways or Trans Guyana Airways via small Cessna planes. This makes it an easy weekend getaway from Georgetown.
Other Waterfalls To Explore
- Kumu Falls
Join locals from Lethem as they take over the gentle Kumu Falls, found 48 kilometres from the town. The waters of the tiered falls that flows at the base of the Kanuku Mountains is one of the best places to enjoy a local beer and cool down. At the head of the falls, the water gushes over large boulders making a thrilling natural shower to bathe in. The true highlight of Kumu Falls lies in the adjacent picnic grounds where people can hang their hammocks, have an authentic cook-out or order specialty meals such as pepper pot from the small kitchen on-site.
- Marshall Falls
Located in the Mazaruni River, you can access Marshall Falls by river with a 30-minute boat ride from the town of Bartica. The giant boulders in the middle of the Mazaruni River create the effects of the Marshall Falls rapids. It is unbelievably scenic and the clear water below the falls are perfect for a relaxing dip after a long day of exploring.
- Kurupukari Falls
Visiting Kurupukari Falls, in the heart of the rainforest region of Guyana, is a good option for nature enthusiasts staying at Iwokrama River Lodge. While Kurupukari Falls on the Essequibo River is more of a rapid, seeking out the petroglyphs around them and a visit to the nearby Fair view Village make for a great way to spend part of a day.
- Amaila Falls
Waterfall lovers will be enthralled by this amazing waterfall flowing directly from the rushing Potaro River. Amaila Falls plunges down from a U-shaped cliff at well over 200 feet. The rush of frothy water, surrounded by the misty haze crashing down onto the rock below is a glorious sight to behold.
- Baracara Falls
Located on the mainland across from the Aruwai H2O Resort, Baracara Falls is a small tiered waterfall great for dipping into to cool down after a day on the river. From the shore, it is a 10 to 15-minute hike through the surrounding rainforest. One of the best ways to see this is by taking an Essequibo River Tour with Old Fort Tours.
- Kamarang Falls
Where the Kamarang River meets the Pakaraima Mountains, this 520-foot beauty is a unique spectacle for the few travellers that make it to the Venezuelan border. The breathtaking Kamarang Great Falls is a powerful force that will leave you mesmerised. It had the same effect on explorer, Paul A. Zahl, in 1935 who made note of the deafening noise of the powerful rush of water even before the falls were visible.
- King Edward VIII Falls
The Pakaraima Mountains make the perfect base for many rivers as they flow through its rocky landscape, resulting in impressive waterfalls. One such waterfall is King Edward VIII Falls, a staggering 840-foot single drop falls on the Semang River in the Potaro-Siparuni highlands. This falls is arguably one of the most beautiful sights in Guyana.
- Oshi Falls
Also known as King George VI Falls, this is a spectacular show of nature that will leave you amazed. It is a sheer drop of 525 feet. The falls was first documented in 1938 by a Danish explorer on the Kamarang River. Wedged within the stunning untouched deep south of the country, the falls are seldom visited, making it one of the best off-the-beaten path destinations in Guyana.
- Kumarau Falls
Flowing at a stunning 623 feet, the Kumarau Falls is revered as the sister falls of the famous Kaieteur Falls (link). Luckily for travellers, the base of these falls allows for a calmer experience where you can actually bask in the beauty of the falls – take cooling baths, or simply relax.
- Kurutuik Falls
Some of the best off the beaten locations of Guyana, can be found at the border of Brazil and Guyana and near Roraima Plateau. The Lost World region, as it is known, is home to numerous impressive waterfalls including the 328-foot Kurutuik Falls.
- Marina Falls
During the 1930s, colonial explorers identified and recorded a number of beautiful waterfalls. Marina Falls was one such discovery. Nestled within the Potaro-Siparuni region, this 500-foot waterfall is known for its bridal-veil like view and two distinct drops.