PRICE TRAVEL: from 895 €Guianas
Enter the fascinating world of Tropical Rainforrest with the makers of the first Surinam documentary for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL.
Live life in its purest form and beat the challenge of thundering waterfalls, dense rainforests, steep mountainranges and rare animals.
Explore the breathtaking scenery, the culture of native people, as well as its wildlife and history. After a dam had been built in the Suriname river in the province of Brokopondo, in the mid sixties, an enormous reserve was formed, with a surface area of more than 1,500 square kilometres. Twenty Saramaccan maroon villages, a church, a railway line and large areas of rainforest disappeared under water. As a result, the inhabitants of the villages were obliged to leave their territory and settle elsewhere. The dam in the Suriname river was built in the mid sixties in order to generate energy for the city of Paramaribo and to provide the bauxite factory located in the area with electric power. Most of the electricity which the dam produced went to this factory. Bauxite is the raw material for the production of aluminium, and this is one of Suriname’s most important export products. Thus, more than 90% of the aeroplanes which were used by the allies in the Second World War were made from this raw material from Surinam. Today it is one of the most spectacular nature sceneries in Suriname.
We will bump into many animals and birds like the ara’s,kingfishers, the ibises, the fios, the eagles, the howler monkeys, the cayman, the giant otters, the tapirs, the sloths, the frogs or the bats. We will fish for piranhas, and in the evening we will look for special animals. We will certainly camp at places where we will have a beautiful view of the Brownsberg mountain. This is a beautiful place in a beautiful country, where we will see how the sun sets into the lake while giving the jungle a ruby red glow. The nights on the islands are also impressive: a treefrog calls his mate with a very load bark, a troup of howler monkeys settles an argument with deafening howls and fireflies float among the trees in a magical atmosphere.
If after this introduction to the Surinam forest, you find yourself wanting more, then you can step into the world of National Geographic and take part in the expedition to the Eilerts de Haan mountain range.
Minimum group: 4 participants
Day 1 - Arrival in Paramaribo. Accomodation at Eco Resort Inn
Day 2 - Trip by truck trading spot of Atjoni. Transfer to Surinam river and start of our trip to Brokopondo lake
Day 3 - Paddle to the lake, famous for its wildlife. Scientists from around the world visit the villages around the lake to and on the Surinam river to study African culture, which has been preserved better here than in Africa
Day 4-5 - Tour around the lake through small natural channels and little lakes that are connected to the big lake. We will bump into many animals and birds like the ara’s,kingfishers, the ibises, the fios, the eagles, the howler monkeys, the cayman, the giant otters, the tapirs, the sloths, the frogs or the bats. We will fish for piranhas, and in the evening we will look for special animals. We will certainly camp at places where we will have a beautiful view of the Brownsberg mountain
Day 6 - Crossing of the lake to the Afobakka dam and transfer to Paramaribo. We will enjoy diner in one of Surinam's best restaurants
Day 7 - Transfer to the airport