Danpaati river lodge

Danpaati River Lodge

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.

Highlights/ Activities

  • Exciting boat trips (through Rapids)
  • Impressive jungle hikes
  • Exciting Caiman Spotting boat tour
  • Visit to Maroon villages
  • Swimming in rapids
  • Authentic cabanas
  • Cultural evening *

What makes this tour special

  • Reside amongst local maroon
  • Contribute to the development of two care projects in the area
  • Excellent blend of Nature and Culture (Maroon culture)

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. From this point you will travel 2½ hours* by boat through the Amazon Rain Forest before meeting your end destination, Danpaati River Lodge Suriname. 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 stay at Danpaati. 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” (water rapids locally called sula’s), where you can swim, or simply enjoy the water and your surroundings. Dinner is served at 8PM. 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 take you back to Atjoni, where the bus is waiting to pick you up and drop you off safely in Paramaribo.

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 you can book one more of the optional tours. The optional tours are listed below.

On the fourth day you are free to do as you please. Get a relaxing massage, go kayaking or fishing, swimming in the pool or in the river, or just simply sit back, relax in your hammock and enjoy your surroundings. You can also book one more of the optional tours. After a early lunch it is time to say goodbye to Danpaati. At 1:00 pm a boat will take you to Atjoni, where the bus is waiting to drop you off safely in Paramaribo.

*at normal water level. In the dry season at low tide, this boat ride can easily take 1 hour longer

Transportation Bus / boat or airplane
Travel time 300 min. (bus/boat)
Departure 06.30 hrs (bus/boat)
Arrival 19.00 hrs (bus/boat)
Schedule 3 days tour: Every Mon & Wed. 4 day tour: Every Fri.
Included Transfer*, guide, 2 night accommodation**, 2x breakfast, 3x lunch, 2x diner, drinks during meals, local excursions (caiman spotting, jungle hike and village walk) (drinks only during meals)
Excluded Other excursions and drinks and massage

* Departure time shown is from Hotel Torarica. Please check your voucher or invoice for the exact departure time and departure location. A difference of 15 minutes is considered normal.

By booking this tour, you contribute to:

• Providing fuel for the village generator so that children can read in the evening
• Multimedia library accessible to villagers
• Tutoring in the library (homework, computer classes and adult education)
• Operating daycare in 3 villages, so that mothers can work
• Supporting the local economy by purchasing local products & services
• Elderly care in 12 villages around the lodges
• Facilitating regular exchange projects between guests and local villagers for knowledge and skills

  • Hat or cap
  • Good walking shoes
  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt
  • Extra batteries for camera
  • Raincoat / poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito Milk
  • Backpack
  • Fishing gear
  • Hammock
  • Toiletries
  • Reading Material
  • Swimwear
  • Dry clothes
  • Towel
  • Water Shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket change SRD
  • Waterproof bag to protect electronics and values
  • Passports

  • Canoeing
  • Saamaka Marron Museum
  • Traditional fishing
  • Traditional massages
  • Jungle expedition (Extension)
  • Yoga (on request)
  • Self-contained forest walk

Most tour operators (like Orange Travel) list their rates in Euro.
The most advantageous way to pay is cash or by bank* in Euro.
Followed by cash in SRD or U$D, then POS in SRD * and finally a credit card payment **.

* If there are any additional bank charges, these should be paid by the customer. If it turns out that not the full agreed amount is credited to our account, the difference should still be paid before participating or checking in.

** When using POS (our machine only excepts SRD) we will use the daily exchange rate of the cambio’s. As these sometimes differ significantly from the rate your- and our bank uses, you can come out worse between 10% and 30% (in this Orange Travel has no benefit, yet influence).

*** All credit card payments are processed in U$D and a bank fee is added. The fee for Visa and MasterCard is 5% (in this Orange Travel has no benefit, yet influence). This payment method requires you to show your passport.

ING Bank Netherlands

Euro Account number: NL40INGB0797332219
IBAN: NL40INGB0797332219
Attention: Ernie de Vries


Republic Bank Suriname N.V.
Paramaribo, Suriname
Swiftcode: RBNKSRPA
SRD 0197313228
USD 0197313309
EUR 0197313481
Paramaribo, Suriname


Bank of America
Account number 2290 3930 8017
Beneficiary Bank ID number 026009593 (for transfer of monies into your account from within the U.S.)
Mailing Address:
3048 SW 141 ST AVE
Miramar FL 33027-3950

Pay by credit card:

Accommodation details Danpaati River Lodge

Rating of accommodation: Comfortable

The Resort / Lodge

Total capacity of the resort (Maximum amount of guests)

52 guests

Amount of rooms/bungalows

 18 cabana’s

The Lodges / rooms

Interiour surface of the lodge/room (L x W in meters) 9,81m X 3,55m
Maximum capacity of the lodge/room Double standard cabin: 2 single beds for max. 2 guests

Triple standard cabin: 1 double & 1 single bed for max. 3 guests

Comfort cabin: 1 double & 1 single bed for max. 3 persons

Deluxe cabin: 1 double & 2 single beds for max. 4 guests

Airconditioning No
Fan No
Warm water No
Closet Yes
Coat hangers Yes
Towel Yes
Mosquito net Yes
Balcony / terrace Yes
Electricity 110V Available between 18.00 – 23.00 hrs
Wall socket type EU
Type of sanitary facility (central / private per lodge/room) Private Sanitary / Shower per cabana