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King Edward VIII Falls
   Mazaruni-Potaro, Guyana

This waterfall has been confirmed by the World Waterfall Database, has been mapped and its height has been approximated but exact measurements have not yet been confirmed.
King Edward VIII Falls is a narrow 840 foot tall plunging waterfall found where the Semang River plunges off the edge of the Pakarima escarpment in northwestern Guyana. The exact location of the waterfall has been very difficult to pinpoint for the last several decades due to a common confusion of a waterfall with a similar name - King Edward VI Falls - which is a series of rapids occurring along the Courantyne River on the eastern border of the country.


  • King Edward VIII Falls is the Official name of this waterfall

King Edward VIII Falls was discovered in 1935 by explorer Paul A. Zahl who was conducting aerial surveys of the Pakarima escarpment. The existence of the waterfall was not widely publicized until 1937 when an article was published by the Royal Geographic Society in The Geographic Journal (Vol. 88, #3, Sept. 1937). It is thus far unclear exactly who first named the waterfall but it appears it was suggested by one Dr. G. J. Williams in 1935 around the same time Zahl recorded the falls.

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Discovering the legitimacy of King Edward VIII Falls was a huge find for us and we need to extend a big thanks to James Long for passing vital information our way to successfully identify its location. With the mapping of this waterfall, King Edward VIII Falls has been verified as being what we suspect is one of the tallest waterfalls in Guyana, if not the tallest (we can't say for sure without access to better topographic data and imagery).

King Edward VIII Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.

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