Orinduik Falls

Pakaraima Mountains / Ireng River, Potaro-Siparuni Region, Guyana

About Orinduik Falls


Hiking Distance: tour
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Date first visited: 2008-08-31
Date last visited: 2008-08-31

Waterfall Latitude: 4.72841
Waterfall Longitude: -60.03869

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Orinduik Falls was included as a throw-in for our day tour to Kaieteur Falls, and it contrasted Kaieteur in many ways.

For starters, this was a wide, multi-tiered series of cascades featuring plunge pools beneath the horizontal expanse of the Ireng River.

Orinduik_Falls_031_08312008 - Orinduik Falls
Orinduik Falls

These pools allowed us to swim or at least soak to cool off from the tropical heat.

The name of the falls was said to be based on the Amerindian word for a type of native plant in the area, which also contrasted with Kaieteur being named after an Amerindian chief.

After landing at a nearby airstrip, we were guided to a house where we had an opportunity to change into swimwear while leaving behind our belongings that we didn’t want to get wet.

As far as experiencing the waterfalls, Orinduik Falls allowed us to touch and feel its refreshing waters.

However, Kaieteur Falls provided more of a look-but-don’t-touch experience, which made it less “interactive”, so to speak.

Orinduik_Falls_038_08312008 - As much of the Orinduik Falls that I can fit into a single photograph as seen from the ground
As much of the Orinduik Falls that I can fit into a single photograph as seen from the ground

Given the width of the Orinduik Falls, we got our most comprehensive view of it from the air.

Once we touched down on the ground, we never could see the entirety of Orinduik Falls in one go.

Indeed, we found it difficult to photograph the entire waterfall adequately so we had to pick and choose how we wanted to compose it in our photographs.

The photo you see on the top of this page was probably my best effort at showing the waterfall’s extensive width as well as its layered appearance.

Finally, the Orinduik Falls flowed on the Ireng River, which flowed very close to the Brazilian border in an area that was more of a savannah than the vast carpet of rainforest on the Guyana Shield at Kaieteur.

Orinduik_Falls_008_08312008 - Context of the entirety of Orinduik Falls and the surrounding savannah as seen from the air
Context of the entirety of Orinduik Falls and the surrounding savannah as seen from the air

The river eventually would join up with the Tukutu River before ultimately joining up with the mighty Amazon River in Brazil.

Authorities

Orinduik Falls resides in the Potaro-Siparuni Region near the Guyana-Brazil border reachable by air from Georgetown, Guyana. It is administered by Ministry of Communities of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. For more information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website.

Kaieteur_170_08312008 - The rainforest expanse as we flew from Kaieteur Falls to Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_001_08312008 - Our first look at the impressive Orinduik Falls as we were about to land the plane
Orinduik_Falls_014_08312008 - Walking towards a house where we could get changed so we could interact with the Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_024_08312008 - Walking to Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_029_08312008 - Right at the base of Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_035_08312008 - People at Orinduik Falls ready to cool off
Orinduik_Falls_049_08312008 - Looking to the left side of the Orinduik Falls as it fell in layers, which was conducive to using our tripod for long exposure photos
Orinduik_Falls_050_08312008 - Another focused look at the left side of the Orinduik Falls in long exposure
Orinduik_Falls_054_08312008 - Looking to the far left side of the Orinduik Falls as there was another wide segment dropping over more layers.  This was the very reason why it was hard to photograph all of the falls in one shot
Orinduik_Falls_059_08312008 - Looking to the right side of Orinduik Falls in as much context as I could do
Orinduik_Falls_061_08312008 - Direct view of Orinduik Falls from much further downstream trying my best to get all of the waterfall in one shot
Orinduik_Falls_067_08312008 - Another look at the far left side of Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_073_08312008 - Looking back at Orinduik Falls and a local that followed me here
Orinduik_Falls_078_08312008 - Another contextual and colorful look at the Orinduik Falls before rejoining the rest of the group still soaking and cooling off at the plunge pools
Orinduik_Falls_081_08312008 - Back at the plunge pool near the far right side of the Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_083_08312008 - Julie enjoying the soak near the base of the far right side of Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_097_08312008 - This was the part of Orinduik Falls where most of the people on our tour were chilling out and cooling off
Orinduik_Falls_002_jx_08312008 - Some of the people getting really wet beneath part of the Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_100_08312008 - This was the twin propeller plane that we flew on
Kaieteur_188_08312008 - Approaching the city of Georgetown to end this eventful day of day-tripping to see Guyana's two most famous waterfalls

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Since we were able to do Orinduik Falls on the same excursion as for Kaieteur Falls, read this page to get a sense of the logistics we had to consider to make this trip happen.

Just to give you a sense of context, we had based ourselves in Georgetown on the coastal northeast of Guyana.

It took an entire day to do a day tour that took in this waterfall as well as the mighty Kaieteur Falls.

Sweep of the wide cascading waterfall near the Guyana/Brazil border

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