Coesewijne canoe tour
Trip type: Adventure trips
Date of outward travel: by request
Date homeward travel:
Travel time: 2 days
The Coesewijne Nature Reserve, somewhat north-west of Paramaribo, is a special area in that it differs completely from nature found in the more southern Suriname rainforests. Within this watery area of mangrove forests, swamps and savannahs, we will be searching for giant otters, manatees, capibaras, caimans, monkeys and a remarkable amount of special birds, including the so-called ‘monkey-eating eagle’. This is a wonderful adventure for all ages.
Our journey begins in Paramaribo, where we gather at “Cycling in Suriname” and get taken, along with our canoes, to the starting point of the journey above Coesewijne.
On this day we will paddle across the narrow and dense creek, we will have to regularly leave our boats to carry them across obstacles and fallen trees. We set up camp early this day and what could be nicer than enjoying the sounds of the jungle while enjoying a great meal, knowing there’s no one around for miles? Just us and the jungle.
Today we keep paddling across the Goliath creek towards its connection with the Coesewijne, where we keep paddling through the Coesewijne natural reserve. Of course, we take breaks every now and then to enjoy the amazing scenery. Many special birds can again be seen here, such as the osprey, kingfishers and different parrots. We begin our final track across the Coesewijne to Stinasu base camp, where we get picked up by our bus. We then reach Paramaribo towards the end of the day.
Including: Guide, accommodation in a tent or hammock, meals, transport, rent of a Tarpon 160, camping and canoe equipment.
Commonly asked questions
HOW IS THE WEATHER?
The wind will keep you from noticing the sun’s brightness, so you will need to protect yourself well by regularly applying protective lotion with factor 30.
IS IT A DIFFICULT JOURNEY?
No. Anyone who is decently in shape and of good health can participate in this canoe trip. It is not a race and the intention is to enjoy the amazing environment in a more active way.
WHAT TYPE OF KAYAK IS USED?
We use the new Tarpon 160 Sit on Top kayaks for this tour. A flat bottom in the cockpit ensures for a stable boat, while its length and limited depth give it sufficient speed. The boat has a comfortable backrest, plenty of storage to accommodate a longer expedition, two cockpit hatches and a large oval cockpit. Length 4,27 meters/width 71 cm / weight 28 kg, in short; the ideal boat for this tour!
CAN I JOIN WITHOUT ANY EXPERIENCE?
In principle, all those without prior canoe experience can participate in this tour, but we do advise those travelers to rent a canoe a few times beforehand to gain some experience. Experienced guides will accompany you during this journey, who will assist you wherever possible.
ARE THERE DANGEROUS ANIMALS?
You will not find any dangerous animals per se, but you’ll have to combat mosquitos during dusk. That is why we recommend proper protection like long sleeves, long trousers and an anti-mosquito solution like ‘DEET’.
SHOULD I BUY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
The largest part of the equipment is made available to you by Travel4Pros, but give us a call should you hesitate about your equipment. An extensive packing list will be sent to you during booking.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
We do not usually employ an age limit. It is much more important that you possess a flexible attitude and team-spirit. This is a journey through rugged and uninhabited natural terrain, where the chance persists that we deviate from the pre-determined route because of local conditions.
Matapica Coast kayak tour is inclusive:
Experienced guide, transport, complete Wilderness System kayak, pick-up service, all accommodation during the trip in comfortable one or two person tents, mealplan full-board during the kayak trip, medical kit, safety equipment, waterproof luggage box, domestic transport Paramaribo , taxes
Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, medical expenses, airport departure tax , insurance, tipping, meals or beverages that are not specified on the above inclusions, International & Domestic Air fares, expenses caused by factors beyond our control like air plane delays, lost luggage, etc., personal gear and clothing (sleeping bag, pad, boots, outerwear, all other clothing)