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Kasikasima jungle tour

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Where is Kasikasima located?
The impressive, mysterious Mount Kasikasima lies at a distance of 65 km from Palumeu, your first destination after your flight into the interior. Palumeu lies at the beginning of the Tapanahony river, at the confluence of the Palumeu- and Upper Tapanahony river, approximately 270 km south of Paramaribo, 170 meter above sea level. The river gets its water from the rains and the season can make a difference of 6 meter in water level! The Tapanahony river flows approximetaly 175 km further northwards and forms there, together with the Lawa river, the Marowijnerivier, the border river with French Guiana. After 135 km in northern direction, the river ends, past Albina, in the right upper corner of Suriname. Due to the many, large rapids in the river, the trip by boat from Albina to Palumeu takes 8 to 12 days (depending on the water level). The flight from Paramaribo to Palumeu within 65 minutes, may therefore, indeed be considered a luxury! Mount Kasikasima lies in the river area of the Palumeu river and your trip by boat to this destination takes two days.

Flying route
The flight takes you above the basin of the Suriname River. Depending on the occurrence of clouds you will (after 5 minutes) be able to see Paranam beneath where bauxite is processed into aluminum for export. After 10 minutes, you are flying above the Johan Adolf Pengel international airport and 18 minutes after departure you will see the Brokopondo-lake beneath you (1600 square km) with the Brownsberg also clearly visible. The ‘gaps’ in the rainforest indicate the locations where gold mining takes place. South of the lake, along the Upper Suriname river, lie numerous Saramaccan villages. The road visibly ends at Atyoni (31 minutes). Laduani (34 minutes), Botopasi (37 minutes) and Dyumu (45 minutes) respectively, can all be clearly spotted because of the airstrips. During the last 10 minutes of the flight, you will not be able to see the Suriname river anymore but you will enjoy the view over the mountain tops of which the pointed Roosevelt peak (left, 50 minutes) is most striking. In the airplane, just before landing, you will see the impressive Mount Kasikasima in front of you.

Palumeu jungle lodge
With 6 cabins, built in traditional style (2 rooms under one roofing), with two single beds in each room, mosquito nets, a balcony with a view on the river and private shower and toilet, Palumeu is a well-equipped jungle lodge in the interior. The traditional building style and local materials have been used, with kerosene lamps for light, so that you never loose the feeling of ‘being in the interior’. A ‘restaurant’ where 3 meals are served daily and the bar- and a recreation facility make it all complete!

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Palumeu village
Palumeu village is home to approximately 200 Amerindians. Two tribes, the Trio’s and the Wajana’s, live peacefully together in this village despite their difference in language. The village has a school and medical clinic. A Captain, the highest authority, assisted by basja’s, controls the village. Through hunting, catching fish and agricultural plots, the villagers provide food for themselves consisting of turnips, fruit, fish and game. Greens are not on the Amerindian menu and manioc is their main type of food. Building materials and utensils are taken from the forest. Nevertheless, many goods are also bought in Paramaribo such as cooking utensils, clothes, tools, toiletries, music, outboard engines, fuel etc. To provide in their own living, the local people are depending, for a large part, on tourism. They work at the resort and will take you on a visit to their village.

Activities during the tour
On the 7 nights during your trip, you have the opportunity to experience the jungle and river in their full glory. The trip on the river, 75 km long, to arrive at the base camp, is considered a long distance in interior terms. Your first stay overnight will be at Palumeu, to depart the next day (day 2) by dug-out canoe to the intermediate camp Kamakabari, of course with life vests at hand. This camp consists only of open tents suitable for cooking and sleeping and a primitive toilet. A lot must be done therefore to get the camp ‘ready for your night’s rest’. The following day, the second route by boat is continued at which the impressive Trombaka rapids will prove to be a real challenge! During the boat trip you will pass along a location from where you will enjoy a truly magnificent view on the mountain. The base camp, beautifully situated at the foot of the impressive Sawaniboto rapid is more spacious than camp Kamakabari but offers similar facilities. On day 4, you will start your hike to the top, to and from approximately 6 to 7 hours. You finally find yourself on one of the plateaus of Mount Kasikasima, greatly respected by the local people and surrounded by a haze of mystery and legends. The view over the rainforest beneath will stay with you forever! In good weather conditions you can even see as far as the border with Brazil, in the south. On day 5, an interesting walk is made in the vicinity at which the guide will provide information about the various types of trees and plants and what they are used for by the local people (building material, medicines etc.). On day 6, you will start the return-trip straight to Palumeu where you will spend day 7 at leisure. You can just relax or for those who still wish to participate in an activity there is the opportunity to go for a jungle walk, catch fish, paddle in a dug-out canoe or visit the agricultural plots. The program remains free so if you wish to participate in another activity, please inform your guide who will arrange adequate guidance at a small extra charge.

Price from 702, = Euro p.p.

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