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. It was a waterfall that contrasted Kaieteur in many ways.

For starters, this was a wide, multi-tiered series of cascades. There were plunge pools beneath the horizontal expanse of the Ireng River beneath these cascades so it allowed us to swim or soak to cool off from the tropical heat. 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.

In terms of this day tour that we were on, I guess the thinking was that since Kaieteur Falls was more of a look-but-don’t-touch waterfall, this one was a bit more interactive, so to speak. So beyond that, there wasn’t really not a whole lot more to this waterfall – especially when it was the follow-up act to the great Kaieteur Falls.

Given the width of the falls, perhaps the most comprehensive view that we were able to get was from the air. It was only from the air that I was able to show the entirety of the falls in one shot.

On the ground, it was difficult to photograph the entire waterfall so we had to pick and choose how we wanted to compose it in our photographs. The photo on the top of this page was probably my best effort at showing the waterfall’s extensive width as well as its layered appearance.

The falls flowed on the Ireng River not far from the Brazilian border in an area that was more of a savannah than the vast carpet of rainforest on the Guyana Shield at Kaieteur. The river eventually would join up with the mighty Amazon River in Brazil. The name of the falls was said to be based on the Amerindian word for a type of native plant in the area.

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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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Tagged with: potaro, siparuni, ireng, brazil, guyana, savannah, kaieteur falls, waterfall, day tour, flight, swim, swimming

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