Departure from airstrip Zorg & Hoop to Palumeu. Then by dug-out canoes on the Tapahony river and Palumeu river to the base camp Kasikasima on the Sawaniboto Waterfall. We’ll cross the tempestuous Trombakasula! A hike across a hilly area to the base of the Kasikasima Mountain. While climbing the mountain you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the “jungle roof”. From there you will hike through the jungle to the Kodebaku Waterfalls. An impressive experience with a perfect blend of culture, nature and adventure!

Highlights/ Activities

  • Exciting boat trips (through Rapids)
  • Impressive flight above jungle
  • Interesting jungle hike
  • Visit to Maroon villages
  • Swimming in rapids
  • Tasty Surinamese food prepared on wood fire
  • Authentic and rustic cabanas overlooking the river
  • Climb up the rugged Kasikasima mountain
  • Visit to native village with the Trio, Wajana and Akurios tribe
  • Meet the indigenous village governance
  • Adventurous stay in hammocks

What makes this tour special

  • The only well-organized Adventurous expedition deep into the interior
  • Unique blend of (indigenous) culture, mountain climbing and rapids
  • Big chance of spotting wild animals
  • Meet the oldest inhabitants of the Amazon forest
  • Serene Nature

Flight from Paramaribo to Palumeu. In the afternoon you make a trip by dug-out canoe to Palawa Island. On the way back, a stop is made at the Amerindian village Palumeu. On the walk back to the jungle lodge you get a good impression of life in the village. At night, you receive further instructions on the hike and climb of Mount Kasikasima.

The trip by dug-out canoe takes 3 to 7 hours depending on the water level. On the way, a stop is made for lunch. At Trombaka sula (rapid) you get out of the dug-out canoe to walk past the rapid, on the river bank. Beyond the rapid a dug-out canoe is ready and the boatman takes you to the base camp. Arrival at the camp is late afternoon. The guide tells you more about the most convenient way to sleep in a hammock. After dinner, most guests seek out their hammocks early to be fit and ready for the climbing trip the next day.

The hike and climb through the jungle to one of the peaks of Mount Kasikasima is a unique experience. The trip to and from one of the peaks of Mount Kasikasima takes approximately 7 hours. One hour is spent at the top where you enjoy a magnificent view over the Amazon rainforest from the plateau. In the afternoon, you hike back to the base camp for dinner and share your experience, if the weather permits, around a campfire.

The boatmen take you by dug-out canoe to Palumeu. On the way, a picnic lunch is served. If the water level permits, you can paddle parts of the trip yourself along the way in the traditional manner, so without outboard engine. Between arrival and dinner you have some leisure time.

In the early morning, at dawn, we float downstream a bit on the river in the dug-out canoe to enjoy the awaking of the jungle in all peacefulness. After breakfast, we visit the Amerindian village Palumeu with the guide. You can purchase traditional handicraft directly from the villagers. In the afternoon, you fly back to Paramaribo.

You depart from local airport Zorg en Hoop to the airstrip near the Amerindian village Palumeu, approximately 75 minutes south from Paramaribo. The local employees are skilled Trio and Wajana Amerindians. Your jungle cabin is built in traditional style and the cool evenings make air-conditioning or a fan unnecessary but you do enjoy the comfort of a mosquito net. For atmospheric lighting at night, solar energy is used. The meals are prepared on a wood fire with primarily Surinamese ingredients. Our employees welcome you at our jungle lodge, a stone’s throw from the village Palumeu of the Trio and Wajana Amerindians. After check-in your room, you depart to Palawa Island for a picnic lunch. Here you can enjoy swimming in the refreshing river water. In the afternoon you visit the Amerindian village Palumeu. The most ancient inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest have maintained ancient-old traditions in their lifestyle and handicrafts.

At night, the guide prepares you for the expedition. You receive tips on safety, comfort and the respectful use of this untouched part of the jungle.

A group feeling is immediately created when you see everyone lending a hand at loading all provisions in the dug-out canoe. Nothing must be left behind. Everyone will have to make do with what is taken along! You will live a few days without the luxury you are probably accustomed to in the simplicity of the jungle; without telephone or radio contact with the rest of the world-life as a true explorer so to speak. A dug-out canoe brings you over the Tapanahony and Palumeu river to camp Kamakabari. This boat trip takes 3 to 7 hours depending on the water level. In the camp the accompanying cook prepares a delicious lunch. In the meantime everyone joins in to put up the hammock camp. The guide explains how the hammocks and mosquito nets must be tied and how you can sleep comfortably in the hammocks. He also explains the sanitary facilities in the jungle. Late afternoon when the cook is already busy preparing dinner, you have time to swim, enjoy a natural massage in the waters of the rapids (if the water level permits) or go fishing.

After the first jungle night and breakfast the next day, you break down the camp together. Everything is loaded into the boat for the next destination, base camp Kasikasima at the Sawaniboto waterfall. The boatmen must pull the dug-out canoe through various rapids. At low tide, they will ask for your help to pull the dug-out canoe over the shallow ends of the water.

One rapid cannot be crossed: the Trombakasula. Here, the boat is unloaded. All provisions have to be carried on foot over a hill. Of course many hands make light work! Walking to and from while you are at it will immediately be a good preparation for the hike to Kasikasima. Upstream, the dug-out canoe is ready and the boatmen will take you to the base camp. Your arrival at the camp is late in the afternoon. When the hammocks are tied again you have time to relax. After dinner, the guide tells you more about the highlight of this expedition: the climb to one of the peaks of Mount Kasikasima.

After a sturdy jungle hike over various small hills, you reach the foot of Mount Kasikasima. On the way, your guide will point out animal sounds and tracks and tell you about the mythical powers attributed to this mountain by the indigenous people. With a bit of luck you will see a cock-of-the-rock, a rare bright orange colored bird, at the foot of the mountain. The trip to and from takes approximately 7 hours. One hour is spent at the top where you enjoy a magnificent view over the Amazon rainforest from the plateau. In clear weather, you can see as far as the border with Brazil. On the plateau you will enjoy lunch amidst the tropical rock plants.

Going up means getting back down and the descent is equally adventurous. Upon arrival back at the base camp it is time for a well-deserved massage in the refreshing water of the rapid. In the meantime the cook takes care of a good meal. Later (if the weather permits) there is plenty to talk about around the campfire.

Early in the morning, you depart for a sturdy jungle walk to Kodebaku Falls. During the jungle walk, the guide gives you information about various interesting aspects about the flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest. At the Kodebaku waterfalls you can enjoy a true water spectacle. We will also visit a small Indian camp if the two families living there are present. Back in the base camp lunch is ready. After lunch you have some leisure time. Maybe you wish to go fishing with the accompanying boatmen or just sit peacefully and relax in this pristine part of the Amazon rainforest. After dinner you make a boat trip on the river to enjoy the jungle sounds at night.

In the early morning, at dawn, we float downstream a bit on the river in the dug-out canoe to enjoy the awakening of the jungle in all peacefulness. The rest of the day is kept free for your own activities. If there are more enthusiasts, you can enjoy a forest walk. Or you can just linger, swim, practice bow and arrow shooting, paddle in a dug-out canoe or go fishing.

After breaking up the camp, you begin the trip back to Palumeu. Going upstream is now faster compared to the way there. You once again have a chance to see animals such as howler monkeys in the tree tops, caimans lying on the river banks and maybe even a giant otter. Lunch is served along the way. Upon arrival in the afternoon, after a satisfying trip, you will truly appreciate the welcoming refreshing drink. After dinner, you will say goodbye to the cook and boatmen.

In the morning, the guide gives you a tour through the village. Along the way, you can purchase traditional handicraft souvenirs from the villagers themselves. After lunch, you depart for the return flight to Paramaribo.

Transportation Airplane
Travel time 70 min.
Departure 09.30 hrs < < 12.00 hrs*
Place of departure Zorg en Hoop (Domestic airport Par’bo)
Arrival 15.30 hrs
Schedule Mon / Fri
Included Transfer*, guide, accommodation for 4 or 7 night, al meals during tour, coffee, tea, water, lemonade and local excursions (drinks only during meals)
Excluded Other drinks, transfer to and from Zorg en Hoop domestic airport
* Please check your voucher or invoice for the exact departure time and departure location. A difference of 15 minutes is considered normal.
When travelling by air, you will depart and arrive from airfield Zorg en Hoop (domestic airfield)

By booking this tour, you contribute to:

• Free hospital transportation for locals
• Reduced air fare for the local population
• Financial contribution to the village
• Tourism education for local communities
• Free transportation of donations to the village
• Free transportation of Palumeu teachers and transportation of food from PBM
• Supporting the horticulture project of the Palumeu school
• Logistic support for community facilities at Palumeu
• Creating earning opportunities throughout the total local community through deployment of local villagers, families during the village walk and activities with villagers
• Stimulate cultural preservation of arts and traditions by including them in the tour program.
• Supporting the local economy by purchasing local products & services

  • 2 shirts with long sleeve
  • 2 long pants, t-shirts
  • Sshorts
  • Socks
  • Hat or cap
  • Good walking shoes with profile
  • Slippers
  • Extra batteries for camera
  • Raincoat / poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Mosquito Milk
  • Malaria Prophylaxis
  • Small backpack for jungle trips
  • Waterproof bag to protect electronics and values
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket change SRD
  • Passport
  • Max. 10kg luggage

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

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Details of accommodation Kasikasima expedition

Ratig of accommodation: Very Basic (expedition)

The Resort / Lodge

Total capacity of the resort (Maximum amount of guests)


With high water level (rainy season): 8 guests max.

With low water level (dry season): 4 guests max

Amount of rooms/bungalows Palumeu Expedition house: 5 rooms


The Lodges / rooms

Interiour surface of the lodge/room (L x W in meters) unknown
Maximum capacity of the lodge/room


Expedition house Palumeu:

2 rooms with 1 double bed per room for max. 2 guests

3 rooms with 2 single beds per room for max 2 guests per room

Kasikasima camps: 1 camp for 8 hammocks

Airconditioning No
Fan No
Warm water No
Closet No
Coat hangers No
Towel Yes
Mosquito net Yes
Balcony / terrace No
Electricity 110V No
Wall socket type No
Type of sanitary facility (central / private per lodge/room) Central sanitary / bath