This mountain once was sold to win gold here. But John Brown could not find enough gold here and sold the area. So in 1970 Brownsberg Nature Park was established. It is Suriname’s first and only national park. The park (as the name suggests) is located on a mountain. From the top of the mountain (500 m) you have a perfect view of the Brokopondo Lake.
The woods up here are a unique habitat. You will find endemic plant species, but also many birds and diverse wildlife. We saw a snake, agouti, several lizard species, howler monkeys and two other monkey species.
You can reach the park by car from Paramaribo. It is about 120 km so it will take a while. The park has a camp where you can rent a cabin or a place to hang your hammock. This camp is located on the ‘cool’ top on of the mountain. People from Suriname will tell you it is cold up there, but we think 20 degrees Celsius at night is not too bad.You can see many monkeys and other fauna and flora there.
You can book a trip at one of the many booking offices
Staying at Brownsberg is fantastic! You should stay 2 or 3 days to visit all beautiful waterfalls and sights! We also saw a lot of wild animals, big cats, monkeys, some snakes and many birds! Bring good hiking shoes!