Kaiteur Falls Tour
2 Nights at Baganara Island Resort
Fort Island (Dutch History)
Kyk-Over-Al (Dutch History)
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
- All inclusive meals, soft beverages.
- Alcoholic beverages not included.
- Road & Air Transportation included where indicated.
- Prices subject to change without notice.
- Tour Guide and Kaieteur National Park Fees.
- Hotel Accommodation provided upon request
- Pick-up from The Cheddi International Airport provided on request.
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Day 1: Kaiteur Falls & Arrive at Baganara Island Resort
You will depart Eugene F. Correia International Airport at 10:00hrs, for a one (1) hour flight to the Kaieteur National Park. Here you will enjoy a two (2) hour tour of Kaieteur Falls which is situated on the Potaro River and is the largest single drop waterfall in the world at 741 feet, five times the height of Niagara Falls. Light snacks will be provided.
You will view the majestic falls from two different vantage points, offering you an extensive view of the falls. The path of the tour also takes you along a trail where your tour guide will highlight interesting details about the flora & fauna as well as historical information.
The next part of your adventure begins with a forty-five minute flight to Baganara. After you have enjoyed our delicious lunch, you will be invited to spend the afternoon just relaxing or engaging in a variety of activities such as swimming & kayaking to name a few. Your afternoon can be as relaxing or as adventurous as you decide.
Then in the afternoon around 5pm, take a peaceful boat ride up the mighty Essequibo River to Parrot Island. Located just a few miles (15 minutes by boat) from Baganara on the Eastern bank of the Essequibo River, Parrot Island is an uninhabited island with approximately 200ft of natural vegetation and a beautiful sand beach that stretches about 2 miles when the tide is low. It is known as a home to many birds, but predominantly the parrots that go there at sunset to roost.
In the evening you’ll experience our famous Baganara Island cusine under our Gazebo overlooking the river.
OVERNIGHT AT BAGANARA ISLAND RESORT L-D
Day 2: Marshall Falls & Baganara Island Resort
On this morning around 6am, you will have a chance to explore the nature trail where a guide will walk you through the mildly challenging terrain as you look for birds and wild life discover nature at its best in unspoiled surroundings.
After breakfast, around 9am take a trip up to Marshall Falls where a nature’s lover paradise awaits you. A 20 minute hike will take you to the waterfall where you’ll have a chance to swim and cool off and explore the surrounding area.
After lunch, you can lounge on the beach, relax in a hammock, kayak or paddle board.
In the evening, you’ll enjoy a bonfire dinner on the beach under the stars as you feel the cool breeze and hear the soft waves roll in.
OVERNIGHT AT BAGANARA ISLAND RESORT. B.L.D
Day 3: Bartica, Fort Kyk-Over-Al, Fort Island & Depart Baganara Island Resort
After breakfast, around 10am, your river adventure along the mighty Essequibo River will begin. Our first stop is Bartica, a small, busy mining town with situated on a sort of promontory where the Essequibo, Guyana’s biggest river, is joined by its biggest tributary, the Mazaruni. Because of its position at the confluence of these great rivers, Bartica is sometimes called the “Gateway to the Interior”. On a concrete wall above the stelling at Bartica, in bold black and red letters, you’ll see someone had painted an appeal to public morals. But the final line had been worn away by the rain, and the message trailed off ambiguously.
Our next stop on the tour is Kyk-over-Al, the ruined Dutch fort that is one of Guyana’s most storied historical sites, also known as See-Over-Al.
In 1666, English forces managed to capture Kyk-over-Al. A trio of French ships did the same in 1708. Both times the Dutch recaptured it. By 1716, Kyk-over-Al was bursting at its seams and a roomier site on the nearby river bank was developed. Eventually, as Guyana’s fertile low-lying seacoast was reclaimed by Dutch engineers, the focus shifted north, and in 1748 most of Kyk-over-Al was demolished, its bricks used to build a sugar mill at a plantation downstream.
After Visiting Kyk-Over-Al, we venture to another Dutch Historical site from the 1700s – Fort Island.
This brick fort, which still retains its main features, was built in 1743. The man responsible for its construction was Laurens Storm van Gravesande, a man who played a major role in Guyana’s early development and who first served at Fort Kyk-over-al as Secretary to the Commander of Essequibo, Hermanus Gelskerke, in 1738. The capital was later moved from Fort Kyk-Over-al to Fort Island in order to have access to more fertile land and van Gravesande became Commander of Essequibo.
Shortly after Fort Island became the capital, many Dutch planters relocated to the lower banks of the Essequibo River where they continued to cultivate cotton, annatto (a red dye which fetched a high price in Europe), citrus, coffee, ground provisions and sugar-cane. Gravesande encouraged planters of all nationalities to take up land under his jurisdiction with tax-free concessions and other generous benefits.
Your tour will end at Roed-en-Rust where a car will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.