'Stinasu' facility has campsites for motorhomes, and hammock spaces. Visiting monkeys and toucans in the campsite, and there are numerous hikes. Steep dirt road up, not advisable when wet as it gets very slippery.
Entering Suriname from Guyana - Visas are not issued at the border. Apply for a visa at the Surinamese Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana 171 Peter Rose & Crown Streets, Queenstown Georgetown, Guyana Arrive at embassy before 11:00 AM (cut-off) and complete visa application. Bring a passport type photograph. Be prepared to pay as much as $100 (USD) for a visa. Lower visa fees *may* be available, I don't recall and I was using an Irish passport. I rememfber paying $45.00. Only US dollars are accepted as payment. Return after lunch (check for exact timing) and have a brief interview. Visa is a full page sticker, applied to your passport.
Knowledgable no nonsense mechanic who does great work, makes sure everything that leaves his shop leaves the customer happy. Well informed to source parts and a lot of experience in finding solutions to a variety of problems for all variety of vehicles. Very thorough and helpful and a good person to speak to if unsure of underlying issues. Very hard to come by a reliable mechanic like this on the continent. The kind of person who will be as interested in finding the best solution as much as you are.
EXCELLENT food, value and service. Great spice and flavor. Extensive menu (in Dutch, French and English) with vegetarian mains running SR20 and mains with meat priced around SR50. (The owner speaks both Dutch and English.) Situated in a quiet neighborhood with off-street parking to fit all rigs. There is no 'Martin's' sign visible from the road, but the outdoor seating area is visible. Wifi is available for customers. Unless you're keen for Chinese, this is one of the only restaurants open on Sunday. Highly recommend.
Truly a fitting name - this place IS an Oasis. We checked out 4 other properties in Paramaribo and this one is the best. It is family owned and all of the staff they have onsite are welcoming, professional and helpful. The rooms are CLEAN, modern and beautifully furnished with desks, flat screen TVs, armoires, mini-fridges and SUPER comfortable beds. Hot and cold water and air conditioning add to the level of comfort. There is a common living room, well-outfitted and spacious kitchen. Outdoors, there is an above ground pool and a covered patio with tables, chairs and hammocks. The laundry machine is huge and costs €3. We paid €37,50 per night for the nicest room we have stayed in in all of South America. There is a €10 fee for the first night, but if you stay 3 or more nights, you get it back. Parking is gated/secure and spacious. They are also happy to help you organize tours. If you have truck you can also stay in your vehicle for €20,- and use all facilities. They are also open to pets, but you need to discuss this in advance. If you want to make a reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: +597 52 14 81
Resort with a two bedroom house and four simple cottages at a beautiful bend of the Suriname River at the outskirts of Piking Slee. Village walks and jungle tours are organized by Pasensi. Full board EUR 30 per person per night. Nice, helpful manager. Piking Slee can only be reached by boat, 3 to 4 hours from Ayuni, the last place on the road from Paramaribo. We did not like leaving our car unattended there (although many locals do), but found an acceptable
private place in Pokigron.
Very well built and maintained hotel consisting of rooms and cottages run by Corry and Haidy, a Dutch/Surinam couple, overlooking the Surinam River. Electricity for charging all day, generator in the evening. Wifi is normally available, but was not operational during our visit. The village Boto Pasi is at the other side of the river. The hotel organizes trips to nearby villages and into the jungle. Boto Pasi can only be reached by boat (3-4 hours from Ayuni) or by airplane. Full board EUR 40 per person.
Sells insurance for short periods. We got a one month liability insurance for about EUR 15. The whole process took about 30 min. Coverage is EUR 6000. Another insurance agent (Parasco agent) can be found across the road.
Immigration straightforward with a Tourist Card. You need to leave your vehicle within the customs premises and walk a few hundred meters into Albina to buy an insurance. Customs officers wil give directions. After you have the insurance getting the TIP was straightforward. 10 min. for the total customs/immigration process. We got 1 month for the vehicle and ourselves.
Raghou is a retired mechanic who did our regular service professionally at a very good price. We had no major special issues, so we don't know how he handles those. There is no sign; he lives in the one but last house on the right side of a one way street, with usually many cards outside.
Facility for filling cylinders with different gases. Gravity fills propane cylinders and has a range of adapters. They filled our South African cylinders without needing our adaptors. We could collect the cylinder 4 hours after we handed it in. We paid about € 0.60 per kg.
Beautiful campground in the jungle on 34 ha own property. Place for two daytime groups plus two overnight groups and some campers. Advance booking compulsory! Run by a Dutch/Surinam couple. The creek running through the property, the Cola Kreek, is safe for swimming. Water is pumped from the creek, drinking water available at the reception. Wifi at the reception. The reception is a few hundred meters from the camping place for individual travelers. Mains power (110V) at the reception only. Trail through the jungle to nearby Berlijn. Meals to be preordered. SRD 60 (2 adults, camper). Tel: +597 853 8676, +597 864 5223.
Resort in the middle of Lake Bigi Pan. Full board trips from Nickerie for 24 or 48 hours include transport, boat trips, meals, (non-alcoholic) drinks and accommodation. Not cheap: €85 per person for 24 hours, €150 for 48 hours. It is a superb place for birding. I don't think we saw more birds together anywhere, including lots of red ibises. Possibility to charge electronics, otherwise no electricity. Parking next to the landing out of sight of the main road, but not guarded or fenced. Safe according to locals.