Kaieteur Falls is a waterfall on the Potaro River in central Guyana. It is
located in the Kaieteur National Park. It is 226 meters (741 feet) when measured
from its plunge over a sandstone cliff to the first break. It then flows over a
series of steep cascades that, when included in the measurements, bring the
total height to 251 meters (822 feet).
Kaieteur Falls is a major tourist attraction in Guyana. Many people love the
pristine rainforest that surrounds the falls. The falls is located in Kaieteur
National Park and is in the centre of Guyana's rainforest. There are frequent
flights between the falls' airstrip and Ogle Airport and Cheddi Jagan
International Airport in Georgetown.
Kaieteur Falls is about five times higher than the more well known Niagara
Falls, located on the border between Canada and the United States and about two
times the height of the Victoria Falls located on the border of Zambia and
Zimbabwe in Africa. It is a single drop waterfall which is the 122nd tallest
(single and multi-drop waterfall) in the world according to the World Waterfalls
Its distinction lies in the unique combination of great height and large volume,
averaging 663 cubic meters per second (23,400 cubic feet per second). Thus it is
one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, rivaling even the Jog Falls of
India's Karnataka state during the monsoon season.
Up river from the falls, the Potaro Plateau stretches out to the distant
escarpment of the Pakaraima Mountains. The Potaro river empties in to the
Essequibo River which is one the longest and widest rivers in South America.