Travelling to Guyana? Then you must visit Kaieteur Falls! This is simply one of the most amazing natural wonders of South America or even the world. Situated in the heart of the Amazon jungle, this is the world’s widest single-drop waterfall. But tourism in Guyana is still in the entry stage, so a bit of organising or know-how is required to visit Kaieteur Falls. Here is some practical information to find out how to get there.
You have two options to reach the wonderful Kaieteur Falls. By plane as part of a day trip from Georgetown, or on an overland journey that takes about five days.
At the amazing Kaieteur Waterfalls in Guyana
1. Visit Kaieteur Falls as part of a day trip (by plane)
There are currently three airlines that fly to Kaieteur Falls as part of a day. All have offices at the domestic Ogle airport and if you are flying in here, we recommend asking around as soon as you land.
Please note most international flights arrive at a different airport – Cheddi Jagan International Airport GEO, but Liat flies into Ogle Airport from Barbados or Trinidad. Book the cheapest flights on Skyscanner.
With a nice office and professional staff, this seems to be the leading airline to do day trips. You can inquire directly at the office at Ogle airport. The cost of the day trip is USD $190 per person. They work with Evergreen Adventures, which is one of the main tour operators in Guyana if you are looking for a bigger package rather than just to visit Kaieteur Falls, they can assist you.
The day trip picks up passengers at 11.30 downtown for 1 pm departure. Lunch and water are usually included.
This is the company we used for our trip. There is an office at Ogle airport and their website has a schedule. Flights are due to depart every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. But please note a minimum number is required so when we enquired at the office we were told there are no departures until Sunday. We then ended up flying on Saturday as the flight was charted through a tour company.
The cost is USD $190 per person, although you will see an advertisement for $150. We believe these are simple old adverts from a few years ago.
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We have visited the office at the airport, but these guys seem to be the least organized. They had a flight on Sunday and it might just be an airline that tour companies use to chart their flight for groups. As the packages are pretty much the same and if your time in Guyana is limited we would still take it as the falls are worth it.
The cost is the same at $190.
The plane that took us to Kaieteur Falls
Example of Kaieteur Falls itinerary
Check-in at Ogle
Depart for Kaieteur Falls
Arrive at Kaieteur Falls
Depart Kaieteur Falls
Arrive at Ogle
When you arrive at Kaieteur National Park you will be escorted by a local guide for the next 2 hours. He will provide more information on the waterfalls, the park and the wildlife. There are 3 different viewpoints, each about 10-15 minutes walk.
The main office has a small souvenir shop, bathrooms and you can purchase drinks if you need.
Tour Operators in Guyana that can book a trip to Kaieteur Falls
You can also book your trip to visit Kaieteur Falls with an operator, but please note all flights are still subject to change as if they don’t have enough clients they won’t fly and you can get bumped to the next day. Of course, if you are booking on as part of a group this should solve the issue of minimum numbers.
The prices are usually much higher, around $210 or $220 per person but you can also pay with a card. See below for all details and their website which list their current packages in Guyana.
View of the Kaieteur National Park – How to visit Kaieteur Falls
2. Visit Kaieteur Falls overland from Georgetown
If you are seeking a real adventure, then this is it. The overland journey involves a boat ride upstream, a few days of hiking and overnight in the jungle. The journey starts with a 9 hours bus ride to the town of Mahdia.
On the second day you will take a boat upstream and from then on it’s a few days of hiking to reach the National Park and to visit Kaieteur Falls.
The return to Georgetown would be most likely by plane. Enquire with tour operators for more details and please note overland trip to visit Kaieteur Falls is really only suitable for experienced adventurers and hikers.
Tip: Be prepared to spend a few days in Georgetown as flights might get pushed due to minimum numbers or weather. But trust me, it will be worth it. See some good accommodation options below.
Try to sit on the right side of the plane as you will see the waterfalls when approaching as well as leaving. You get the last glimpse and the afternoon sun might help to capture it better.
Where to Stay in Georgetown
It’s hard to find much information on affordable accommodation options in Georgetown, however, we stayed at Rima Guesthouse and had a great stay.
Room rates start from US$30 p/night with shared bathroom facilities. The guesthouse is in a great location and has some cheap places to eat nearby. The guesthouse is sparkling clean and they offer a great daily lunch menu too.
CLICK HERE to check prices and availability for more hotels and guesthouses in Georgetown.
The Best Group Tour of Guyana
Interested in joining a group tour to visit Guyana? This 8 day Rupununi Savanna & Kaieteur Falls Adventure is awesome! Travel across incredible Guyana, taking in vibrant city and natural wonders from Georgetown City to the stunning Kaieteur water falls and to the Rupununi savanna’s.
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