Kaieteur National Park (KNP), Guyana’s first legally protected area is known for the majestic Kaieteur Falls, considered to be one of the highest single drop (741 ft) water falls in the world. However, in addition to the majestic Kaieteur Falls, the rich biodiversity, some of which are endemic to Kaieteur National Park ensures a highly educational, adventurous and challenging experience while traversing through its pristine Amazonian rainforest. The overland trek entails traveling by land, water and foot (hiking approximately 1,800 ft above sea level) to the Kaieteur Plateau and takes between 3-5 days depending on your itinerary and interest.
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An early start to probably the most arduous day, departing Georgetown at 06.00 hrs by vehicle (shared transportation) along the Linden Soesdyke Highway onto the Linden to Brazil Dirt Road will arrive at Peter & Ruth Res taurant, Mabura. After refreshing yourself, we continue to the Essequibo River, Guyana’s largest and South America’s fourth. Crossing is by barge and continue to the Mining Township of Mahdia, where dreams sometimes become a reality for some of the gold and diamond seekers, locally called “Porknockers”. Here, we meet our local guides and continue by 4*4 vehicle for the 5 miles (7.5 kms) of rough terrain onto the Potaro River (Pamela Landing), After loading our stuff into the boat we set off along the wining Potaro River, where most of its water would have cascaded over Kaieteur Falls, making its way into the Mighty Essequibo. After, the seven hours journey by vehicle and one hour by boat, finally, we arrive at Amatuk Falls, a small Gold & Diamond settlement. After a hearty dinner and some tales from the Miners we overnight in our makeshift hammock camp (D)
After breakfast, a short trek takes us above Amatuk falls for continuation by boat and trekking (depending on the weather, swollen interlocking rivers etc), first to Waratuk Falls, the Lower Boundary of Kaieteur National Park. Here the boat is portaged above Waratuk and boating/trekking continues to Tukeit, the foot of Kaieteur Mountain, where the Kaieteur Gorge empties into the Potaro, and where the Queens Rest House was once located, now replaced by a spanking new facility. A refreshing swim/bathe, preferably in the River and dinner will send you into bed for a comfortable sleep in the Tukeit Guest House, utilizing hammocks or limited beds (BLD)
After breakfast, the most challenging part of the trip awaits you- “the Oh my God Hike” to Kaieteur Plateau some 1,800 ft (560 meters) above sea level, part of a wider Kaieteur National Park. The Hike, for the most part, is a gradual ascend, and other, a step and tedious climb, which can take between 2-4 hours depending on your fitness level, before being rewarded with the shear awe of the majestic Kaieteur Falls (World’s largest Single Drop Water Falls)- Kaieteur is nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls. Here we hope to find White-chinned and White-tipped Swifts swirling over the gorge, and the astonishingly colorful Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock; the Kaieteur Guest House offers either hammocks or limited rooms with beds. (BLD)
I n addition, to spectacular Kaieteur Falls, explore the flora and fauna of this unique Tepui, some of which are endemic; Overnight Kaieteur Guest House (BLD)
Experience the early morning and evening flight of the White-chinned and White-tipped Swifts leaving their habitat (behind the water fall). After lunch, we say goodbye to the Wonder of the World. Usually, departure is mid to late afternoons, depending on weather etc; Upon arrival at Ogle Airport, our vehicle would take you to your hotel or place of stay in Georgetown (BL)
Included are: All entrance fees, tour guide services, transportation, accommodation, meals & light refreshments (except in Georgetown and whilst traveling), airport transfer, domestic flight, hammock and mosquito net.
Not included are; Hard liquor, tips, personal porter and meals in Georgetown and whilst traveling to Mahdia