A wonderfully complete 9-day canoe trip for all ages across the Brokopondo reservoir in Suriname!
Step into the world of tropical rainforests with the people behind NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’s first documentary. Enjoy nature in its purest form, and take up the challenge of dense rainforests, beautiful rivers and the fascinating Brokopondo reservoir.
Because a dam was built in de mid-60’s in Brokopondo province, the huge water reservoir came into being; the Professor Dr. Ir. Van Blommensteinmeer, otherwise known as the Brokopondo lake as locals call it, with a surface area of more than 900 square miles. Twenty Saramaccan villages, a church, a railway and vast areas of rainforest were flooded during its inception. Yet, the sun-bleached canopies of forest giants still stand tall to this very day and nature has recaptured its place. It is therefore a breathtaking adventure to paddle through with your own kayak and setting up camp on the various little islands, accompanied by the sunset on this vast reservoir. Today it is one of the most spectacular landscapes in Suriname and Suriname Kayak Adventures is the first and only company that hosts trips for this area. This surreal landscape will have you paddling across the lake’s history and it allows you to meet its natural inhabitants such as the fascinating and playful giant otters, tapirs, howler monkeys, iguanas, sloths and caimans.
Arrival in Paramaribo !!
We gather at the Peperpot canoe center where we embark on a wonderful ride through the rainforest to Atjoni village at the Suriname river. This is where we unload our kayaks and commence the first part of our journey across the Suriname river. We set up camp at the edge of the village before sailing onto the reservoir the next early morning.
We get up early today and start the first part of our journey across the Reservoir, where we arrive at our camping island at the foot of the Brownsberg mountain towards the end of the day. We catch our breath and we take some time to supplement our meals by self-caught fish.
We get going early and paddle across the many dead trees that arise from the depths bleached yet proud. We even have to look out for branches who threaten our vessels just below the surface. Towards the end of the afternoon we set up camp at a nice location, which we suspect to be a ‘hot spot’ to catch Toekoenaries. (A Toekoenari is a tropical peacock bass and is known as a delicacy throughout Suriname). Nothing trumps the enjoyment of grilling a captured Toekoenari under the watchful eye of the setting sun, knowing there is no one around for miles; just us and the jungle. The tree frog and howler monkey might decide to be culprits by ruining your night’s sleep. Earplugs tend to help.
Today we paddle towards the Brownsweg where we’ll be picked up. We load up our kayaks and drive back to Paramaribo with an unforgettable experience in the back of our minds.
We check out on 12.00 and continue our trip or leave to the airport
This trip allows Suriname Kayak Adventures to offer everyone the opportunity to discover this part of Suriname . Discover the primal forest with its fauna, the streaming rivers with its wild currents and uncover the sensation behind a reservoir sunset, the cacophony of sounds and the beauty of exotic plants and animals. Discover the Suriname belonging to the Saramaccans, a West-African tribe who have been living next to the larger rivers for two centuries now, and still adhere to African culture.
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