In Danpaati River Lodge you can immerse yourselve in pristine nature, discover the Saramaccan maroon culture, all while your visit at the same time contributing to the care of the local population. Danpaati River Lodge is for those who are looking for a different kind of holiday full of adventure, exciting jungle- and village hikes and extraordinary meetings with local Maroon population.
Departure 7.00 a.m. from Paramaribo
The trip to Danpaati River Lodge starts bright & early. Our air-conditioned bus will pick you up at around 7 in the morning, which shall escort you to Atjoni. It’s a 3 hour drive (including stops) from Paramaribo to Atjoni. When you’ve reached Atjoni, the boats-men will load everything from the bus on to the motorized boats, after which you will travel 2 and half hours by boat through the Amazon Rain Forest before meeting your end destination, Danpaati River Lodge. On arrival you will be greeted with a welcome song, sang by the locals. After meeting the Lodge Managers, he/she will walk you through the program and a few house rules for your 3 day stay at Danpaati. Soon after, lunch will be served, prepared by Danpaati’s finest. After lunch, one of the employees will escort you to your rooms, where you will have the time to check in, get comfortable and have a nice cold shower. After you are well rested you may choose to get a tour of the island or explore it by yourself. Later in the afternoon (if the water-levels are just right) one of the motorized boats will bring you to our “Natural Jacuzzi”, namely small rapids, where you can swim, or simply enjoy the water and your surroundings. Dinner is served at 8. You will be treated with a combination of local cuisines and western influences. After dinner you can hang out at our bar/lounge, enjoy a soothing drink while sitting under the stars in the heart of the Amazon.
Soon after breakfast, one of our experienced tour-guides will give you a tour of the village, Dan, where you will learn the different, traditional and unique ways the local people live and have lived for generations. You will return to Danpaati just in time for lunch. After lunch you have free time to go swimming, stay in bed, relax by the yoga-deck or perhaps book additional tours. After dinner you get to go on an exciting adventure, Caiman spotting. What’s better than a boat-ride under the starry night sky in the Amazon Rain Forest, while searching for nature’s most fearsome creature, the Caiman?
On the last day, after breakfast, you will go for a nature hike, during which our experienced tour-guide will show you the many survival techniques used by the locals, passed on to them by their ancestors and those before them, going all the way back to African culture. You will return to Danpaati at noon, where your lunch will be ready and waiting for you. After lunch, it’s time to say goodbye. A boat will be standing by to take you back to Atjoni, where the bus is waiting to pick you up and drop you off safely at your hotel.