Awarradam Jungle Lodge & Spa, was built by a number of local villagers. This small idyllic island, hidden in the Amazon rainforest lies at the foot of the Awarradam rapids. It is at a distance of a half hour by boat from the last village in the living area of the Saramaccans, the largest Maroon community in Suriname. The Maroons are descendents from slaves who fled from the plantations and managed to establish living communities in the Amazon rainforest.
These historic facts make Awarradam an ideal place to visit, not only for nature lovers but also for those who wish to learn more about the West African culture as it has remained in Suriname. An unforgettable experience during this tour is a boat trip by night, under the endless starry sky, which will take you to the nearby village Kosindo for an authentic cultural evening of singing and dancing. This tour is recommended for all those who wish to enjoy the pristine Rainforest and learn more about the culture of the Saramaccans.
Duration of the tour: 4 or 5 days
Departure: Mondays and Fridays
You depart from local airport Zorg & Hoop in Paramaribo to the airstrip at Kajana, approx. 55 minutes by airplane, south of Paramaribo. Upon arrival, our employees at the lodge guide you to the dug-out canoe which will carry you further on the Gran Rio river to your holiday destination. The trip on the river to jungle lodge Awarradam, located on an island at the foot of the Awarradam rapids, takes 30 minutes. After check-in and meet and greet with the personnel at the lodge, lunch is served. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to explore the surroundings and relax in the rapids. We are proud of the traditional and sustainable aspects which characterize our lodge. Our local employees are the friendly Maroons of the Saramaccan tribe and your cabin is built in traditional style. The cool evenings make air-conditioning or use of a fan redundant but you do enjoy the comfort of a mosquito net. For atmospheric lighting at night, solar energy is used and the meals are prepared on wood fire with primarily Surinamese ingredients. In the afternoon, we visit the beautiful “Peti” rapid, a few minutes by boat from the lodge. Here you will enjoy a refreshing, natural water massage and you can float back to the lodge with your life vests on or peddle back in the dug-out canoe. On the first night, you get more information about this unique area where the Maroons have managed to maintain their ancient old West African traditions.
In the early morning dawn, we float downstream a bit on the river in the dug-out canoe to enjoy the awakening of the jungle in all peacefulness After breakfast, you depart for an informative and adventurous jungle walk. While you enjoy the surroundings in the untouched tropical rainforest, the guide gives information about the trees and plants and how animals can be recognized through their sounds and tracks. After lunch, we visit the Peti rapids. We stay here the whole afternoon and you can swim, paddle in a dug-out canoe or relax in a hammock while you enjoy the beautiful view on the rapids. At night after dinner, you receive more information on a few interesting aspects of the local culture.
Soon after breakfast we go upstream by dug-out canoe. After about half an hour, we switch off the outboard engine of the dug-out canoe and float downstream while we fully enjoy the jungle sounds and fauna. We return to the lodge via a forest trail in part of the primary rainforest so that you can enjoy the true jungle feeling. Lunch is served at the lodge.
In the afternoon you visit the local community. The guide tells you more about the local culture. During the trip on the river, you get a glimpse of the activities on the river, the life line of the local community. On the way, you see people fishing, washing clothes and dishes. Between the inhabited areas, you can enjoy nature and with a bit of luck you will even see a crocodile lying on the riverbank. From the pier you make an extensive walk past various villages. Along the way, you get a good impression of the daily life in a Maroon village. At sunset we return by dug-out canoe to Awarradam.
In the early morning you have the opportunity to enjoy some more peddling in a dug-out canoe, swim or just relax while you enjoy the sounds of the jungle. After breakfast, our employees say goodbye to you in the traditional manner. A dug-out canoe takes you back to Kajana. From there, we fly back to Paramaribo.
This day is kept free for your own activities. If you go for a walk in the forest after breakfast you have a good chance to spot several animals such as monkeys, birds and tropical frogs. You can also visit an agricultural plot or paddle in a dug-out canoe yourself to explore the surroundings. Or maybe you can ask the guide to tell you more about the medicinal plants in the tropical rainforest. And there is always your hammock, luring you to enjoy the beauty and sounds of the jungle in all peacefulness, read a book or just take a nap.
In the early morning, you can enjoy some more peddling in a dug-out canoe, swim or just relax in all peacefulness of the jungle sounds. After breakfast, our employees say goodbye to you in the traditional manner. A dug-out canoe takes you back to Kajana. From there, you fly back to Paramaribo.
In juli ben ik hier geweest en het was in één woord geweldig! Het is heerlijk in de rust slapen, de gidsen zijn super aardig en weten je genoeg te vertellen. Ik heb daar super veel gezwommen en ook heel veel gezien. Als je geluk hebt kom je nog veel wilde dieren tegen, want ik heb met veel geluk een wilde tapir gezien. Alles doe je met een korjaal wat prima te doen is. Veilig is het ook want zwemmen en varen mag alleen met een zwemvest om.
Midden in de jungle kun je in deze prettige lodge verblijven. De faciliteiten zijn heel goed, rekening houdend met het feut dat je in the middle of nowhere zit. Geniet van de rust, de vogels en andere dieren, en de lieve mensen. Awarradam en Palumeu waren beiden fantastisch. Een kijkje nemen in het leven van die stammen is heel bijzonder.