Foundation for Nature Conservation in Suriname

About brownsberg

About Brownsberg

The Brownsberg Nature Park is located approximately 130 km south of Paramaribo, on a 500 meter high bauxite / laterite plateau and surrounded by a tough yellow / red clay existing hill and lowland areas, which is bordered on the east of the Brokopondo lake. The northern half of the plateau is protected and managed since 1970 by STINASU. Since the imposition Brownsberg Nature Park is the most popular destination for nature tourism in Suriname and has gained a national and international reputation.

Since 2002, the park is expanded to the southern part of the plateau. Brownsberg NaturePark is now more than 12.200 hectares. Through the difficult eroding rocks the spectacular water falls were created.

The entire park consists of tropical rainforest. In this forest a few different types of forests are found. These are the results of the differences in the geological formation, height and the associated temperature and humidity

The park is very suitable for tourism due to the accessibility and recreation opportunities. The mountain can be reached by car from Paramaribo within 2-3hours.The accommodations are converted pass the tropical rainforest and are located on the Mazaroni plateau. From here you have a magnificent view of the Brokopondo Lake. There are separate facilities for day visitors and overnight guests. There are several hiking trails that lead to the Ireneval, Leoval, Mazaronival, Koemboeval and a route to Witi Kreek. A few hundred meters from the headquarters there is a beautiful picnic spot on the Mazaroni top, the highest point of the plateau.

ENJOYING BROWNSBERG

Visiting the spectacular waterfalls is a wonderful experience. But the rainforest offers so much more. Walking on Brownsberg is a wonderful way to experience and learn about the tropical rainforest. Don’t let the trip to the waterfalls not only be a physical challenge, but give the area the opportunity to work on you.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT BROWNSBERG?

Tall trees must be firmly anchored in the ground. Shelf- and stilt roots of all kinds, shapes and sizes and thickness provide well over the surface scattered roots for sufficient stability. Heavy round stems, grooved stems and trunks with beautiful profile forms provide good stability. A multitude of climbing plants and lianas, orchids and other epiphytes that could take the strangest forms, cover stems and branches. Striking and unusual seeds and fruit on the ground tell their own story and suddenly make unrecognizable trees recognizable.

Birds, including many species of parrots and parakeets, you'll hear mostly.
Regarding mammals, they offer different types of monkeys which certain is a chance of success to see. They make their presence known by the sounds of their movements through the branches and the fall of seeds and fruits. With luck you will also see a deer or a few forest pigs on your path.
Some nice toads and frogs and occasionally a snake are also seen in the park. On the open and sunnier places different types of lizards can be seen. Besides the bright blue luminous Morfo butterfly, you will meet a wealth of butterflies, multicolored beetles and other insects. Many species are difficult to find because they disguise themselves as a leaf or branch.

Characteristic of the tropical rainforest is clearly recognizable due to the format of height levels. The top level consists of the crowns of trees that form an almost unbroken canopy around 35 meters. A big part of life in the rainforest plays in this top layer. Above this part some giant trees with a height of 40 to 60 meters are found. The middle layer is formed by the tops of thinner and younger trees. The bottom layer consists of dwarf trees, shrubs and palms, and what herbaceous plants. Vines and lianas in all shape and forms meander through the various floors to go.

Very specific to tropical rainforest is also the enormous biodiversity (variety of species) that occurs in this type of forest. For example, a study place in the park of 1 ha yielded more than 150 different tree species. Throughout the park more than 400 species and 650 different plant species have been found. Also regarding the species the park have: 117 species of mammals, 350 species of birds, 64 species of reptiles and many other species have been sighted in the park.

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