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Parabello nature recreation
A favourite weekend recreation of Paramaribo city dwellers is a picnic near the water's edge, on the bank of a river or creek. There are lots of places catering to this need, most with limited facilities.
Staying in Paramaribo for three months, we 'went native'. Parabello was one of the places to our taste. It is quiet (no music allowed), and close to town. Located around a lake which was created by bauxite excavations and connected to Para Creek.
We stayed for half a day only, but they have rooms if you want to spend a night. There are hammocks for hire to relax in or to sleep in an open hut. Facilities are similar to those at New Babunhol Resort. You have to bring your own food, e.g. buy it at a warung near the Highway-Meursweg turnoff. There is a forest trail for a short hike, but it was flooded because of recent heavy rain.
Rates are domestic: Admission SRD 9,00 (60+ SRD 4,50), car parking SRD 3,50, cabin rent SRD 25..45, hammock rent SRD 7,50.
Hours: 8:30am to 18:00pm (for day recreation)
Reservations: +597.8733012 (Mon thru Sat 8am to 6pm)
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Day-trip to Joden-Savanna and Blaka Watra
We hired a 4-wheel drive and drove ourself to Joden-Savanna and Blaka Watra. Joden-Savanna is a historic site one must have seen, Blaka Watra used to be the private retreat of the late prime minister Pengel. Of his villa only the foundations remain.
You may visit Joden-Savanna, have a swim at Blaka Watra, and return the same day to Paramaribo. We stayed the night over in Blaka Watra and the next day went on to Afobaka and Brownsberg, see our Brokopondo page.
See our travelogues on Joden-Savanna and Blaka Watra.
See also the site of Jodensavanne Foundation
Directions: From Paranam follow the bauxite road straight south, pass by the first road left (to Overbridge) and take the second road left (a sign points to the native American village Polakka). You pass by Polakka, and may be tempted to take a plunge in their swimming hole Paratjima. 15 km from the main road you reach the ferry at Carolina.
The ferry charges are 10 SRD for the car and 2 SRD per person one way. Don't be surprised if you have to wait a long time for the ferry to come over. They usually wait until they have some traffic from the other side to bring across.
On the other bank of Suriname river is the village Pierre Kondre which has a small shop. 3 km from Pierre Kondre is Joden-Savanna and next to it the village Redi Doti. After another 5 km you see a sign pointing right to Blaka Watra.
UPDATE 2013: The Afobaka road has been sealed all the way to the barrier lake. So has the road to the carolina ferry. And we found the road on the right bank of Suriname river to Jodensavanna and Blaka Watra passable too for an ordinary car - if you don't mind getting it dirty by driving through some potholes.Related to:
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Para Flor Garden
Para Flor is primarily a business selling and exporting tropical flowers and plants, specializing in heliconias. But visitors are welcome to enjoy their beautiful 5 ha gardens.
Groups can book for a guided tour on Tuesdays to Sundays starting at 10am, noon and 2pm. The two of us arrived without booking somewhat after 2pm, when there were no other guests. We were welcomed by guide Robin, who led us around for an hour and a half.
Strolling around on your own is not allowed any more, as some visitors seem to have taken seeds. But Robin was very knowledgeable - every plant we pointed to he knew the name of and its uses. Actually he has studied tourism and hospitality, which is evident in the service you get: first a bottle of water, then a glass of juice, at the end a fruit punch and a cool wet towel to freshen up.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10am -4pm.
Admission incl. guided tour: SRD 45. Your payment subsidizes school groups. In order to promote love for nature among children these pay only SRD 5 per person.Related to:
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See rolling stock at Onverwacht
Railway fans may feel sad seeing so much rolling stock rusting away at Onverwacht station. Helen remembers as a child taking the 'draisine' (diesel powered train) to Onverwacht when she went to visit her grandmother. From there the journey proceeded by boat.Related to:
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