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Kaieteur Falls

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Location: Potaro- Siparuni  Map

Plunge: 741 feet (226 meters)

Area: 224 sq mi (580 sq km)

Length: 5 mi (8 km)

Height: 741 ft (226 m) 

www.kaieteurpark.gov.gy

 

 

 

 

Description of Kaieteur Waterfall

Kaieteur Falls is a beautiful geologic formation on Potaro river in Potaro- Siparuni region of Guyana. Total height of Kaieteur Waterfall is measured at 741 feet or 226 meters. It is protected by Kaieteur National Park that covers a total area of 224 sq mi (580 sq km).

 

 

 

 

 

Kaieteur Falls has a free fall of up to 226 meters from the exit of the water until the first time it touches rocks, but then it flows towards a series of steep water falls, which being included in the height of the waterfall make it reach up to 256 meters.

Kaieteur Falls are up to 5 times higher than Niagara Falls, located between the USA. UU. and Canada but much less known, and about 2 times the height of Victoria Falls (located between the Zambian and Zimbabwean Border in South Africa), is the nineteenth waterfall by volume and according to some estimates is the twenty-sixth waterfall Scenic of the world.

Discovery
On April 24, 1870, Charles Barrington Brown, one of two British geologists appointed as surveyors of the government of the Colony of British Guiana, became the first European to spot the Kaieteur Falls; The other surveyor was James Sawkins. Brown and James Sawkins arrived in Georgetown, capital of the neighboring country Guyana (then British Guiana) in 1867 and made some maps in addition to the preparation of geological reports, in some cases together and others separated. Sawkins had stopped his work when Brown spotted the falls and after finishing his studies in numerous rivers of the Essequibo Territory the surveyors left the area in 1871.

Tourism
Kaieteur Falls are an important tourist attraction in the area in claim of Guyana, many people also like the landscape that surrounds the falls. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in the area claimed by Venezuela. Although this place is not well known, every year multiple people come to admire this natural beauty.

 

 

 

 

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