Where are we going?
The Marowijne River is one of the most beautiful rivers in Suriname. This tour gives you a clear view of the life of the Paramacan and Aucan maroons in this area. Stoelmans Island is located between the Lawa and Tapanahony rivers, which meet here and continue as the Marowine River. Stoelman Island was founded by Dutch military captain Stoelman. Under his leadership a number of research tours were conducted to the area. The island is also known as the former headquarters of Ronnie Brunswijk at the time of the domestic war (1986 – 1991).
What are we going to do on this trip?
We will depart from Paramaribo by bus to Langatabiki. From here on we will go on a journey of about 2 hours to Kamp Wadaa by boat. In the evening, the guide will tell you about the traditional lifestyle of the maroons in this area. The overnight stay will take place in local cottages on beds with mosquito nets. The shower and toilet are communal.
On day 2, after breakfast, we will go for a walk in the jungle to the agricultural land and go view some medicinal plants. Afterwards we will travel further by canoe through spectacular rapids. These require a lot of expertise and experience from the boatmen. We will reach Stoelmans Island during the day. A tour here will give you a better view of the current peaceful society in each area. Later on that day we will go to Tjong Tjong, an Aucan village on the Tapanahony River. The overnight stay here will be in a hammock with a mosquito net.
On the 3rd day we will have a tough but wonderful walk through the jungle in Tjong Tjong towards the foot of the Lely Mountains. Here you will find a beautifully preserved piece of nature in the form of a large waterfall. You can take a cool and refreshing bath underneath the waterfall. Afterwards we will continue our journey towards the fascinating Granholo Falls. The overnight stay will be at Tjong Tjong.
On day 4 we will travel back to camp Wadaa after breakfast. Here we will visit the gold miners on the river and visit a school on the way. At the end of the afternoon we will arrive en Loka Loka. The overnight stay will be at camp Wadaa.
Day 5, after breakfast we will sail from Wadaa downstream towards Albina. Then we will visit the French Guyana village of Apatou. Afterwards we will continue our journey to Albina where the bus we will be waiting to bring us back to Paramaribo.
What is included?
Transportation and accommodation as indicated, all meals and non-alcoholic drinks, guided tours and all day trips as mentioned in the program.
What to bring along?
- Towels and swimwear
- Shorts, t-shirts, shirts with long sleeves and long trousers for the evening
- Proper footwear/ watershoes
- Raincoat or poncho
- Sunscreen lotion and mosquito gel
- Hat or cap
- Flashlight / Camera
- Small backpack to carry your water
- Surinamese money for the purchase of souvenirs (if available) and personal expenses