Kaieteur Falls

Kaieteur Falls September 2007
Kaietur Falls in the Dry Season, Feb 2007

World's largest single drop waterfall by water volume.

- Kaieteur Falls

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Essequibo River

Largest river in Guyana, and the largest river between the Orinoco and Amazon.

Hauling canoe up the headwaters of the Essequibo River
CushionCraft CC7 hovercraft in North Savannas of Guyana during the filming of "The World About Us: The Forbidden Route".
Leaving Gunns to the unexplored wilderness
The Expedition team at the source of Sipu river
close to the source area of Sipu river
The team at the furthest source of the Essequibo River aka the Sipu River

The average annual rainfall in the catchment area is 2,174 mm. There are many rapids and waterfalls (e.g., Kaieteur Falls on the Potaro River) along the route of the Essequibo, and its 20 km wide estuary is dotted with numerous small islands.

Potaro River

River in Guyana that runs from Mount Ayanganna area of the Pakaraima Mountains for approximately 225 km before flowing into the Essequibo River, Guyana's largest river.

View of Potaro River at Pamela Landing (facing south).
A gold dredger (known locally as a "missile") on the Potaro River
Kaieteur Falls September 2007

The renown Kaieteur Falls is on the Potaro.

Kaieteur National Park

National park located in the Potaro-Siparuni Region of Guyana.

An Anomaloglossus beebei frog in the Kaieteur National Park

The Park's boundaries and purpose are defined in the Kaieteur National Park Act, and was created to preserve the natural scenery (including Kaieteur Falls), and its fauna and flora.

Pacaraima Mountains

The Pacaraima or Pakaraima Mountains (Serra de Pacaraima, Sierra de Pacaraima) are a mountain range primarily in southwestern Guyana, and into northern Brazil and eastern Venezuela.

Mount Roraima, a tepui of the Pacaraima Mountains.
Kaieteur Falls

A beautiful example of this is the Kaieteur Falls in Guyana and Angel Falls.


Country on the northern mainland of South America.

Kaieteur Falls is the world's largest single-drop waterfall by volume.
Rupununi Savannah
Satellite image of Guyana from 2004
Anomaloglossus beebei (Kaieteur), specific to the Guianas
The hoatzin is the national bird of Guyana.
A tractor in a rice field on Guyana's coastal plain
A proportional representation of Guyana exports, 2019
Thatched roof houses in Guyana
Guyana's population density in 2005 (people per km2)
A graph showing the population of Guyana from 1961 to 2003. The population decline in the 1980s can be clearly seen.
The State House, Guyana's presidential residence
The Supreme Court of Guyana
Guyana's parliament building since 1834
Map of Guyana, showing the Essequibo River and (shaded dark) the river's drainage basin. Venezuela claims territory up to the western bank of the river. The historical claim by the UK included the river basin well into current-day Venezuela.
Cross-border bridge from Guyana to Brazil near Lethem
St George's Cathedral, Georgetown
Providence Stadium as seen from the East Bank Highway

There are also many volcanic escarpments and waterfalls, including Kaieteur Falls which is believed to be the largest single-drop waterfall in the world by volume.

Patamona people

Amerindian people native to the Pakaraima Mountains of Guyana and northern Brazil.

Patamona people, 1908 or earlier

To this day, the Patamona people call themselves the People of the Heavens, whose remnants of their culture survive in Paramakatoi, as well as nearby Kaieteur Falls.

The White Diamond

2004 documentary film by Werner Herzog.

The White Diamond DVD cover

Most of the film focuses on Dorrington's flights near Kaieteur Falls, in Guyana.

Charles Barrington Brown

Canadian geologist and explorer.

Illustration of Kaieteur Falls from Canoe and Camp Life in British Guiana
Map of British Guiana from Canoe and Camp Life in British Guiana
Illustration of Karinambo form Canoe and Camp Life in British Guiana

That same year, he was the first Westerner to see Kaieteur Falls.

Kaieteur International Airport

Airport serving Kaieteur National Park in the Potaro-Siparuni region of Guyana.

The airport is less than 1 km west of Kaieteur Falls.

Corymbophanes andersoni

Species of catfish in the family Loricariidae.

It is native to South America, where it occurs in the Essequibo River basin, including the Potaro River and Kaieteur Falls.