Kaieteur Falls is a high-volume waterfall on the Potaro River in central Guyana,
Potaro-Siparuni region. It is located in Kaieteur National Park. It is 226 meters
(741 ft) high when measured from its plunge over a sandstone and conglomerate
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 ft).
While many falls have greater height, few have the combination of height and
water volume. This has given Kaieteur Falls the misleading label of “largest single
drop” waterfall in the world which is often misinterpreted as “tallest single drop.”
However, it is likely one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.
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.
Kaieteur Falls is a major tourist attraction in Guyana. 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.