16-DAY CROSS COUNTRY EXPEDITION

This is one of the most booked trips, you can make your dream trip to Suriname a reality with Orange Travel! Because Orange Travel is the executive tour operator, you are directly at the source and can quickly receive your reasonably priced proposal.

Highlights/Activities

• Blanche Marie Waterfalls
• Idyllic waterfalls & rapids
• Boat trips through rapids
• Impressive forest walks
• Upper Surinamese river
• Getting acquainted with authentic Maroon culture

What makes this tour special

• Unique expedition across the whole country
• A visit to the biggest waterfall in Suriname, Blanche Marie

 

Day 1: Arrival - Paramaribo
Day 2: Paramaribo – Apoera
Day 3: Apoera – Blanche Marie
Day 4: Kaboeri Creek
Day 5: Apoera – Nickerie
Day 6: Nickerie - Bigi Pan
Day 7: Bigi Pan – Berlijn
Day 8: Berlijn
Day 9: Upper Suriname Area
Day 10: Upper Suriname Area
Day 11: Upper Suriname Area
Day 12: Upper Suriname Area - Afobaka
Day 13: Brownsberg – Paramaribo
Day 14: Paramaribo
Day 15: Return flight
Day 16: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival – Paramaribo

Transfer by shuttle bus to your hotel in Paramaribo, where you will spend 3 nights. All nights spent in Paramaribo are in this hotel. When leaving Paramaribo for a multiple day tour, you can safely store part of your luggage here. No meals included. (Travel distance approx. 50km).

Day 2: Paramaribo – Apoera

In the framework of the West-Suriname bauxite mining plan from 1976 a 80 kilometer long railway was built from the south of Apoera to the Bakhuis mountain area. Although never used, it was intended that Apoera would be developed into a port where bauxite ships could dock.
On your way to Apoera you will pass a number of indigenous villages and continue to the lunch stop at a Maroon village called Witagron. You continue with the second part of the journey that takes you over several creeks and bridges, through the forest to Apoera. Here you will spend the next 3 nights. Meals: B, L & D (Travel distance approx. 360 km)

Day 3: Blanche Marie Falls

The Blanche Marie Falls with its imposing 120 meters width is one of the largest waterfalls in Suriname and was discovered in 1897 by Corstiaan van Drimmelen, who was district commissioner of Nickerie at the time. The falls are located in the Nickerie River in the Bakhuis Mountains.

Today you will have a full day excursion to these falls. Meals: B, L & D (Travel distance approx. 100km).

Day 4: Kaboeri Creek

In the morning you will visit the railway from "Somewhere to Nowhere". Its intent was to transport bauxite from the Bakhuis mines to the dock in Apoera. Next is an encounter with the local Indians in a small village called Kwamala. Get acquainted with the culture of two indigenous tribes; the Arowakken and the Trios. In the afternoon you will make a cruise on the Kaburi creek, known for the beautiful nature and the giant otters. Meals: B, L & D (Travel distance approx. 10 km).

Day 5: Apoera - Nickerie

An impressive boat trip over the wide boundary river with Guyana takes you to Nickerie, where your hotel is for 1 night. In the afternoon you have some time to explore the main town Nieuw Nickerie on your own. Make sure to visit the Hindu temple by the sea and walk along the famous Zeedijk. Meals: B (Travel distance approx. 80 km).

Day 6: Nickerie - Bigi Pan Nature Reserve

Bigi Pan is home to122 coastal bird species, including the most famous red ibis and Flamingo. By boat you will discover this huge morass/swamp with a rich flora & fauna and experience this paradise for bird lovers at first hand. A simple but cozy lodge on the water will be your accommodation for 1 night. Meals: B, L & D (Travel distance approx. 10 km).

Day 7:  Bigi Pan – Berlijn

in the southern district of Para there is a small town called Berlin where the famous Sabakoe creek flows through. As part of your transfer to Berlijn you will once again take the boat back to Nickerie and travel by road to a Jungle Camping, your final destination for this day. After 9 days in Suriname you already feel at home in the rain forest and the coming 2 nights you have a pure jungle experience in your tent or lodge* at the campsite. Meals O & L (Travel distance approx. 280 km).

Day 8  Berlijn Savannah

Today you have a day off in-between and the opportunity to recover from the recent intensive expeditions. The creek that flows through the campsite is refreshing and perfect for swimming. It is also possible to take a nature hike, for example to the nearby village of Berlijn or an optional trip to the nearby zoo. Meals O (Travel distance 0 km).

The savannah area consists of tropical grasslands with scattered trees. 

This area is crossed by creeks with dark brown water. The water in the creek is invigorating and full of minerals and owes its color to the flushing of the humus bottom. Enough wild life to see, from parrots and tucans to deer and wild boars.

Day 9-12  Pristine Rain Forest - Upper Suriname

The Upper-Suriname area, is known for its unique Maroon culture and its untouched Amazon Rainforest. The Maroons, descendants of runaway slaves, have settled in the inaccessible rain forest a long time ago, where they started a new existence.
By their isolated way of life, they developed a unique culture with strong African roots.

In a motorized canoe you travel deeper into the Upper Suriname area to an island that is transformed into a river resort. You will stay 2 nights at a simple resort called Isadou that is not only popular for its massive water rapids and sandy beaches, but more for its serenity. This resort is unique because its intent is to let the local maroons profit from the growth of tourism in this area.
Fill your days with adventurous excursions like jungle hikes, caiman spotting, hikes through authentic Maroon villages and boat rides through rapids.
On day 12 you will travel by boat and bus to Afobaka where you will spend 1 night. The Resort at Afobaka is an hour drive from the Brownsberg top and stone's throw away from the Brokopondo lake. B, L, D (Travel distance approx. 120 km one way)

Afobaka is a village in the Brokopondo district that was developed when the dam was built in 1961. Today it forms an important transit port for the maroons that live in the villages along the Brokopondo lake.

Day 13:  Brownsberg Nature reserve

This reserve covers 6000 hectare of unspoiled tropical rainforest and its mountains offer stunning views of the nearby lake. On the way down to the mountain foot where the idyllic waterfalls are located, we might come face to face with various animals like monkeys, birds and agoutis.
Late in the afternoon your start your transfer back to Paramaribo where you will spend your 2 last nights in Suriname. Meals: B (Travel distance approx. 127 km)

Day 14: Paramaribo

This is the last day in Suriname. A day to relax at the swimming pool or to go shopping in the city center. For adventurers there are optional excursions like the Warappa Creek or ziplining at Bergendal. Meals: B (Travel distance approx. 0 km)

Day 15: Return home

After a relaxing morning in Paramaribo you go to the airport for the flight back to your destination. Meals: B (Travel distance approx. 0 km)

Day 16: Arrival

On this day you arrive at your starting point

Program is subject to change

 

Included

  • Reservation fee: € 20,- per booking
  • Meet & Greet
  • All nights in tourist class hotels and cozy jungle lodges
  • Stay in Nickerie, Bigi Pan & Berlijn based on bed & breakfast
  • Stay in Apoera, Upper Suriname (Isadou) & Afobaka based on full board
  • Transfer airport - hotel Paramaribo v.v.
  • All transfers by bus and by boat (dugout canoe)
  • All mentioned tours and activities in the itinerary (the ones in Upper Suriname are dependent on the weather & waterlevel)
  • Entrance fees during the tour in the standard program

Excluding

  • International flights
  • Other meals
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses

Arrival dates: Every Thursday in 2019
Rate p / p based on 2 persons in 1 double room: € 1398.55
Single room surcharge: € 221.68

  • Hat or cap
  • Closed shoes
  • Trousers and longsleeved shirt
  • Camera with charges batteries
  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Zonnebrandolie
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Backpack
  • Toiletaries
  • Swimwear
  • Watershoes
  • Flashlight
  • Waterproof bag
  • Weekend bag

Most tour operators (like Orange Travel) list their rates in Euro.
The most advantageous way to pay is cash or by bank* in Euro.
Followed by cash in SRD or U$D, then POS in SRD * and finally a credit card payment **.

* If there are any additional bank charges, these should be paid by the customer. If it turns out that not the full agreed amount is credited to our account, the difference should still be paid before participating or checking in.

** When using POS (our machine only excepts SRD) we will use the daily exchange rate of the cambio’s. As these sometimes differ significantly from the rate your- and our bank uses, you can come out worse between 10% and 30% (in this Orange Travel has no benefit, yet influence).

*** All credit card payments are processed in U$D and a bank fee is added. The fee for Visa and MasterCard is 5% (in this Orange Travel has no benefit, yet influence). This payment method requires you to show your passport.

ING Bank Nederland

Euro Account number: 6005013
IBAN: NL10INGB0006005013
BIC: INGBNL2A
Attention: ORANGE TRAVEL NV
Commewijnestraat 4
Paramaribo, Suriname

 

Republic Bank Suriname N.V.
Paramaribo, Suriname
Swiftcode: RBNKSRPA
SRD 0197313228
USD 0197313309
EUR 0197313481
In name of: ORANGE TRAVEL NV
Paramaribo, Suriname

 

Bank of America
Account number 2290 3930 8017
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