Tour Cost: From USD $1695
Group Size: All group sizes up to 12 persons.
Difficulty Level: Light to moderately rigorous rainforest touring in a remote area. Sure-footedness is a must.
Recommended for: those seeking a relaxing, comfortable, and moderately active holiday in a remote natural setting.
Departures: Kabelebo Nature Resort is only accessible by small aircraft, with scheduled flights operating Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The US$ 365.00 round-trip fare is included in the tour package rate. Custom scheduling can be arranged.
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The perfect accompaniment to a Suriname journey is a few days in neighboring english-speaking Guyana where you can experience the remarkable Kaieteur Falls. Most international air itineraries will accommodate flying in to one country and departing from the other.
Optional Paramaribo activities can be arranged such as kayaking on the Surinaam River, a walking tour of Fort Nieuw Amsterdam across the river from the city, a stroll through the Indian quarter to catch a Bollywood film, a sunset tour to watch the Surinaam pink dolphins, a romantic garden bed-and-breakfast getaway, or perhaps a lesson in Javanese or traditional Surinamese cuisine!
The daily programme varies depending on participant interest, group size, weather, river conditions, and village activities. Most tours will resemble - but not exactly match - the general programme described here. Personalized or privately guided tours may be arranged on-site, sometimes at extra cost. Tour cost may vary from the standard price due to trip variations and group size. All tours can be customized to meet your specific needs - call, email, or web chat us for more info!
Every Wilderness Explorers client gains access to an exclusive trip-preparation website full of packing tips, reading guides, multimedia tours and an endless supply of practical advice to make sure you are prepared for the journey of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Arrive Paramaribo
International arrivals are at the Pengel International Airport about 90 minutes outside of the city centre, while regional arrivals (e.g. from Guyana) will land in the center of Paramaribo at the Zorg en Hoop municipal airstrip. You will be met by our representative and transferred by vehicle to the hotel. The day and evening is free for you to shop, explore, dine, and get your bearings in a new timezone. Optional activities can be arranged such as kayaking on the Surinaam River, a walking tour of Fort Nieuw Amsterdam across the river from the city, a stroll through the Indian quarter to catch a Bollywood film, a sunset tour to watch the Surinaam pink dolphins, or perhaps a lesson in Javanese or traditional Surinamese cuisine! Your hotel is perfectly located for walking exploration of this intriguing, multicultural city.
Day 2 - Paramaribo City Tour
Breakfast is buffet-style at the hotel this morning, overlooking the pool and central Paramaribo. The view of this city's distinct architectural style will help explain why the city centre of Paramaribo was placed on the Unesco World Heritage List of historical monuments in 2002. Paramaribo is a city consisting of various population groups, cultures and religions. Bustling city life fills the streets lined with historical buildings built in the former colonial style, alternating with modern hotels and office buildings.
We'll start our city tour this morning with a magnificent view of Paramaribo from the famous Wijdenbosch bridge over the Surinaam River. We continue to the old inner city of Paramaribo for an in-depth visit to the ancient building complex of Fort Zeelandia. We continue by foot to Independence Square with its grassy malls surrounded by historical buildings. Then we drive past some of the most prominent historical buildings of Paramaribo and then finish our tour in the early afternoon at Waterkant along the Surinaam River, a favorite meeting place for many Surinamese. Optional guided activities may be arranged for the afternoon, or you can take time to wander around on foot to explore the narrow streets on your own. (B)
Day 3 - Fly to Kabalebo Nature Resort
Today we head by car to the Zorg en Hoop airport for our flight out to Kabalebo, approximately 75 minutes by air from Paramaribo. Our trip will be aboard a small propeller driven aircraft which - while noisier than the commercial jets you are accustomed to - really drives home the point that you're heading into one of the world's most remote rainforest locations. In a scene that wouldn't look out of place in an Indiana Jones film
, we land at an airstrip cut out of dense jungle immediately behind Kabalebo Nature Resort and from there it's a short walk to the lodge's main building where we'll be greeted with cool drinks and an introduction to the lodge and surrounding area.
The resort is named after the Kabalebo River which flanks the property and boasts dozens of fish species. Owners Charles and Joyce Dawson have been welcoming guests here for almost ten years and are dedicated to providing conveniences that are in harmony with nature and which help guests leave their cares far, far behind. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Rainforest and River Activities
Your visit to Kabalebo has a great deal of flexibility built-in, so on any given day you may elect to participate in any number of activities depending on the weather, river conditions, and your energy level. Birdwatching and wildlife spotting are both an 'active' excursion and a passive sport... you can sit on the verandah and spot a dozen bird species over breakfast, and we'll even occasionally see jaguars casually strolling across the resort grounds! There are some excellent trails surrounding the lodge for nature walks (day and night), kayaks can be taken out on the river, and there a few rock faces to climb (non technical) in the nearby hills. For your safety and comfort, a well-trained Kabalebo guide will always accompany you on excursions and activities, explaining the local rhythms of nature and identifying plants and animals which may not be familiar to you.
Of course you can also elect to sleep late, take a book to the pool, sip a cool drink, and let your cares melt away under the tropical skies. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Rainforest and River Activities
You are welcome to relax at the resort today, or perhaps you will chose to hike to the BWKW rapids or Zandkreek. Feeling energetic? Hike through the dense jungle for about 5 hours to the 500 meter-high Misty Mountain. Along the way we'll see howler monkeys, blue-yellow macaws, the screaming piha (Lipaugus vociferans
), and countless frogs, butterflies, and remarkable insects. From the top of Misty Mountain you have a breathtaking horizon-to-horizon view of pristine tropical rainforest.
Or, you might prefer a day on the river, using our traditional Maroon canoe to get to the MoiMoi waterfall or the Kilo 3 creek rapids... here you can sit in the rapids amongst rocks, letting your worries and cares wash away down river while birds and jungle creatures go about their business all around you. Lunch, cool drinks, and hammocks under the trees make this an idyllic place to become one with nature. And nap. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Rainforest and River Activities
Today you are once again faced with difficult choices of whether to relax effortlessly by the river or pool, or head into the rainforest to explore further. Those with the inclination can head up to the Was Wasie rapids, about 2 and half hours away by motorized Maroon canoes, with amazing bird and wildlife spotting along the way. Even though Kabalebo is a tiny outpost of civilization in the jungle, the farther we leave our home behind the richer and denser becomes the wildlife. Or you might prefer to be shuttled upstream in a motorized canoe then float downstream back to the lodge by kayak, surrounded by nothing other than the sounds of nature carrying on as if you weren't even there. As always, the comforts and peacefulness of the lodge await your return. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Fly to Paramaribo
The morning is free for you to make one last choice about leisure or activity, catching one last dip in the river or pool, or perhaps squeezing in a sunrise hike to enjoy the dawn chorus of birds in the rainforest canopy. However you choose to spend the first half of the day, our aircraft will touch down shortly after lunch to take us back to Paramaribo. We'll bid a fond farewell to our hosts and the rainforest with a renewed sense of life and connection to the earth. As our plane climbs away from the airstrip, we'll once again marvel at the horizon-to-horizon carpet of trees and be reminded how small we are amongst the vast tracts of unspoiled rainforest that fills most of Suriname.
Tonight we are on our own to refresh ourselves at the comfortable hotel and head out for a night on the town. It may come as a bit of culture shock after nearly a week in the rain forest, but Paramaribo's night life can be quite exhilerating and exuberant, with bars, restaurants, and casinos open all night long. If you're looking for something extra special or have a particular interest, let us know and we'll help you plan an unforgettable final evening in Suriname! (B)
Day 8 - Depart Suriname
Most international flights depart before noon and you'll be driven to the airport with plenty of time for check-in formalities. If you're headed on to Kaieteur Falls in Guyana you'll depart from the Zorg-en-Hoop municipal airport, while those making their way to French Guiana will take an early-morning one- to two- hour drive drive to Albina on the Moroni River before crossing over to France. Other international flights depart from Pengel International Airport.
We offer numerous options for extended exploration around Paramaribo, including two- and three- day trips to Galibi to observe the leatherback turtle nesting beaches, day trips to local swamps and tidal areas with extraordinary birdwatching opportunities, deeper exploration into historic plantations and fortresses, and privately curated/guided tours to visit local artists, musicians, and cultural programmes that are not commonly available to casual visitors. Interested in art? A romantic bed and breakfast getaway? Let us know about your particular interests and we can assemble a customized extension or provide the introductions that will make your Suriname journey even more memorable. (B)