Kaiteur Falls (which possibly means the ‘Old Man’ Falls) is probably the least known of the world’s major waterfalls, but in magnificence is without a doubt one of the very best. It is the world’s widest single drop waterfall, with an immense flow and plunge that dwarfs almost all of its rivals. Located in Kaieteur National Park, it is considered to be Guyana’s greatest natural sight and is one of its most popular tourist destinations.
Like it neighbor Angel Falls in Venezuela, Kaiteur Falls remained generally unknown to the outside world until the late Colonial era. It was first spotted by British surveyors James Sawkins and Charles Brown in 1870. It was more thoroughly explored and documented over the course of the next decade.
Kaiteur Falls, located along the Potaro River, is immense. Surprisingly wide, it plunges as a single body of water straight down 741 feet in a single drop, with another 81 feet of cascades at the bottom.
Kaieteur Falls is located in Kaieteur National Park. Although isolated in the heart of the Guyanan jungle, the park and the falls are accessible by road and by plane. Web: www.kaieteurpark.gov.gy (official website).
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