Kaieteur Falls: When is the best time to visit?

Kaieteur Falls in high flow
When is the best time to visit Kaieteur Falls?

To answer this question, we'll need to understand the rainfall patterns of the Guyana Shield (the plateau on which Kaieteur Falls drops).

Although Guyana typically gets rain year round (usually in the form of tropical thundershowers thanks to the high humidity and proximity to the equator), most of the rain falls as summer monsoons from April through September in the interior (note that on the coast, there are two rainy periods from May through July and from November through January). I'd consider the Guyana Shield part of Guyana's interior.

Personally, to try to minimize the likelihood of adverse effects of floods and other weather-related complications, I'd try to time my trip for the end of the wet periods. However, in our trip, we went there at the end of August/start of September and we had fine (albeit hot and humid) weather.

I've also seen in the literature the falls take on a significantly narrower appearance, which I'd imagine was shot during drier times (probably towards the start of the year or during a year that just so happened to lack rainfall due to drought).

Given that the tropics tend to be a bit less predictable in terms of waterflow, the best we could do was to judge a timing of the visit based on a typical wet or dry season (highlighted above). But we do realize that there are no guarantees, especially with climate change altering rainfall distribution patterns from what was once considered "normal".

Some more information about Guyana's climate can be obtained in the following link.




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