The Commewijne district is located just east of Paramaribo on the other side of the Suriname River. During these trips we visit different villages where in the past sugar, cocoa, coffee and cotton plantations had their glory period. To protect the flowering plantations and the homeland and at the same time as support for Fort Zeelandia, a number of military posts and forts have been built. In 1734 the foundation stone was laid for the construction of the Nieuw Amsterdam fort. The fort is built on an earth foundation with a five-pointed structure and has the same number of bastions. Part of the fort has been used as an open-air museum since 1968 and the rest now serves as the administrative center of the district administration. The canals and picturesque locks, the remains of the old plantation homes, some of which are still inhabited, are the silent witnesses of the once dynamic Commewijne district. Currently, local fishing, animal husbandry and small farming are the main activities of the Javanese and Hindustani, descendants of the contract workers, in Commewijne.
- Sun deck
- There are shops and electricity everywhere in Commewijne
Meals during the tour:
- Drinks (non alcoholic)
- The tour includes all entrance fees.
Walking through the plantations and a delicious lunch:
The top attraction of the Commewijne is the river cruise with the “Mi Gudu”, a comfortable ship with the high point of a visit to the restored plantation Frederiksdorp.
From the Marinetrap we sail down the Suriname river to the mouth of the Commewijne river. This route gives you beautiful views of the back gardens of the villas along the Suriname River. At the Fort Nieuw-Amsterdam open-air museum you get a tour and take a walk on the dike.
After this we sail into the Commewijne river for a visit to plantation “Rust and Werk”. At Plantation Frederiksdorps you will enjoy a real country side lunch. On the way back we make a swim stop for a refreshing dip in the Commewijne river.
We sail to the feeding places of the dolphins in the mouth of the Suriname river. These noble animals live in different small groups and swim with saltwater during tides sometimes more than 30 kilometers into the rivers. These particularly curious and playful mammals grow to be approximately one and a half meters tall and suckle their young for 18 months.
Take with you: sunscreen, mosquito oil, hat / cap, swimwear.
Including: Beverage, snack, fruit, lunch.
Boat trip: Commewijne river with stopover on Nw. Amsterdam, Plantation Johanna Margaretha, Plantation Rust and Werk and plantation Frederiksdorp.
Duration: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.