When travelling to the tropics, a good preparation can prevent a lot of troubles. You must take a number of precautions before you depart
Vaccinations are not compulsory when travelling to Suriname. However, you are required to vaccinate yourself against yellow fever, when travelling via an infected country. When coming to Suriname you are generally advised to get a DTP vaccine (against diphtheria, tetanus and polio).
Malaria is a disease spread by mosquitos and which occurs in the rain forest of Suriname. There is no such thing as a vaccine against malaria. However, you can take preventive measures such as malaria tablets. Generally speaking, malaria only occurs deep inside the rain forest. The chance of getting it, is small when you take the necessary precautions. We therefore always advise you to use mosquito repellent, to wear long sleeves and long trousers in twilight and to use a mosquito net at night. Our general advice is: use your common sense and get advice on the current situation with regards to the use of malaria tablets.
Get advice from your own doctor, the municipal health service or contact the Bureau Openbare Gezondheidszorg (BOG) in Suriname for advice with regards to vaccinations and (the prevention of) malaria. The address of BOG is:
Rode Kruisstraat 22 in Paramaribo
Phone: +597 400708/400830
Please make sure that you maintain adequate travel, health, accident and cancellation insurance coverage prior to your holidays. Adjust the coverage, if necessary.
During the tours you will be guided by a professional guide. This may either be a resident of La Prospérité, who has spent his/her whole life on the former plantation and therefore knows a lot about life here. Or your guide is a biologist, who is researching or has researched the area. In both cases, you are guided by very experienced guides, who can tell you a lot about the area and its inhabitants. They can answer all of your questions.
For the best experience, we advise you to bring the following; Walking shoes, closed shoes, long sleeves, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, rain gear (poncho) Sunglasses and binoculars.