Private Journeys

Cultural Suriname

6 days from £2,450pp

Suriname

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Essentials

Language

Dutch is the official language. 50% of the population speak Sranan, an English-based creole language, a mixture of seven different languages.

Transport

2 journeys by road and river. 

Accommodation

Mid-range hotel in Paramaribo, small jungle and wildlife lodge at Danpaati.

Meals

Breakfast daily; lunch day 2; full board days 3,4.

Summary Of Nights

6 days, 5 nights: Paramaribo 2, Danpaati 2, Paramaribo 1.

Money

Suriname uses the Surinamese dollar.Take cash in US$  ATMs which give access to cash are available in Paramaribo but it’s worth having plastic for both Visa and Mastercard. We recommend a daily budget of $US35-40 per person per day to cover the cost of meals and daily expenses including tips and taxes.

Visas

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.

If flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your online ESTA application.

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.

Airport Taxes

International airport tax should be included in the cost of your ticket.

Climate

The climate is tropical, so your holiday will be hot and humid throughout. Along the Caribbean coast of Suriname a October is statistically one of the driest months in the year.

Vaccinations

Preventative jabs or tablets are recommended for: malaria, typhoid, polio, tuberculosis, tetanus and hepatitis A. Consult your local GP, or health clinic – he or she will probably refer you to the NHS fitfortravel website.

Take precautions against being bitten -by applying insect repellent, especially in the evenings out of cities. A valid yellow fever certificate or official doctor’s note stating why you cannot be vaccinated must be produced when crossing some borders, so it is essential that these are carried.

The Ministry of Health in Suriname advises passengers travelling to Suriname to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. This is also valid for travellers departing from Suriname towards countries in the Caribbean region. You will be required to present your ’International Certificate of Vaccination’ booklet, which will be checked before departure. You may be denied entree to any country if you fail to present this document. You should be vaccinated at least 10 days before departure.

There are several brands of gel or foam which can be used for washing your hands where no clean water is available.

Clothing And Equipment

Clothing should be casual and comfortable – plenty of light cotton (or light-weight wicking fabric which controls perspiration and dries quickly). Light colours are beneficial against sun and bugs. Dark clothes attract mosquitoes.
For wildlife viewing, the best colours to wear are pastel tones, such as brown, beige and green, which don’t highlight your silhouette in the landscape and camouflage you in foliage. Avoid strong colours like yellow, bright blue and red.
Shorts and short-sleeve shirts should be avoided in the evenings, especially away from cities. Air-conditioning in rooms and restaurants is the closest you’ll get to being cold, so a light sweater or “layers” will suffice.
A backpack or soft holdall (ideally with some degree of waterproofing) is the most comfortable way to carry your belongings, along with a small day-use backpack (25-40l capacity).

Country info

Do I need a yellow fever vaccination for Suriname?

The Ministry of Health in Suriname advises passengers travelling to Suriname to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. This is also valid for travellers departing from Suriname towards countries in the Caribbean region. You will be required to present your ’International Certificate of Vaccination’ booklet, which will be checked before departure. You may be denied entree to any country if you fail to present this document. You should be vaccinated at least 10 days before departure.

When's the best time to visit Suriname?

Suriname has a tropical humid climate. There are a short rainy seasons Dec-Jan and Apr-Jul. The most pleasant times to visit are the dry seasons Feb-Apr and Aug-Nov. Throughout the year the average daily temperature varies between 21 and 32°C. Suriname lies outside the hurricane zone and the most extreme weather condition is the "sibibusi" (forest broom), a torrential rain shower which passes quickly.

What's the official language of Suriname?

Dutch, English and Sranan Tongo, originally the language of the creoles.

What's the official currency of Suriname?

Suriname guilder.  Currently, only one bank, the Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (RBTT) has ATMs which accept foreign ATM Visa cards. You can exchange currency at banks, hotels, and official exchange houses; in no circumstances change money on the street. Only a few tourist-inclined establishments accept credit cards.

What's the time difference between Suriname and the UK?

GMT -4 hours  

What other countries combine well with Suriname?

A visit to the two other Guianas, which sit alongside Suriname on the coast: Guyana, the former British Guiana and Guyane, still a French overseas département. It’s not easy to do independently: we recommend you join our annual small group guided tour, named Coq of the Rock.

How long is the flight from the UK to Suriname?

Average flight time to Paramaribo is 12 hrs. There are no direct flights from the UK to Suriname; popular routes involve a change of ‘plane in Amsterdam. 

What are the festivals, cultural events in Suriname?

The religious festivals of all the main religions represented by the population are celebrated, Christian Christmas and Easter; Hindu Diwali; Muslim Eid al-Adha and Amerindian Mashramani.
Suriname Jazz Festival, Paramaribo; Oct.
Surifesta, Paramaribo; mid Dec-Jan. A festival of shows, street parties, parades and flower markets.

What's included in the price

  • All land and river transport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified

Included Excursions

  • Paramaribo city tour
  • Tour of former plantations
  • Caiman and dolphin spotting expeditions
  • Village tour at Danpaati River Lodge
  • Rainforest walk and choice of activities, Danpaati

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and insurance
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions

What's included in the price

  • All land and river transport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified

Included Excursions

  • Paramaribo city tour
  • Tour of former plantations
  • Caiman and dolphin spotting expeditions
  • Village tour at Danpaati River Lodge
  • Rainforest walk and choice of activities, Danpaati

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and insurance
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions

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