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Brownsberg Nature Park

Visit on a day trip or longer, a ridge  part of pristine Tropical Rain forest on a mountain top in Suriname with stunning view over the  lake, not far inland.

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Brownsberg

Duration One or two day(s) tours
Transport Bus
Pax 4-14
Price p.p 1 day -Euro € 65
Price p.p 2 days -Euro € 140

 

Brownsberg Nature Park is situated west of Brokopondo Dam. From the plateau that measures 450 meters in the height a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding mountain landscape unfolds before you.The abundant vegetation and the presence of various species of animals make the walk through the forest an experience you will not easily forget.

 

Attractions:
- an exciting climb by bus to the top of the mountain;
- comfortable lodgings;
- walks through the tropical rainforest;
- information about the Brownsberg Nature Reserve;
- hiking tours to, among others, the Witi creek, the Irene, Leo and Koemboe waterfalls
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The Brownsberg Nature Park covers part of the Brownsberg area, an area dominated by a 500 m high lateritic plateau. The park is based on a long-term lease to the Foundation Of Nature Preservation , STINASU ; it incorporates about half of the forested Brownsberg plateau, and scenic slopes and creek valleys extending as far as the Brokopondo lake - a vast hydropower reservoir - which lies to the East.

Human disturbance is not strange to the area: traces of pre-Columbian presence are evident, and there is a two century long history of mineral and forest exploration and exploitation. Because of all this, the plateau is now well accessible, and despite it, the plateau and slope ecosystems have not suffered extensive damage. Nevertheless, a recent upsurge in gold mining activity near the Brownsberg is causing problems, such as forest clearing, creek pollution and increased hunting.
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Because the Brownsberg plateau is a huge lateritic crust, and because of its elevation, some very peculiar and rare vegetation types occur in the park, such as low-elevation cloud forest. Along most of the Eastern rim of the plateau, clouds are constantly formed by air moving up the slopes. These clouds penetrate the forest there, and have resulted in the trees and abundant lianas being laden with mosses and ferns. There is a diverse fauna and flora, including species which are otherwise known only from more remote areas further into the interior of Suriname, such as the White Bell-Bird.

Brownsberg is an excellent area for research, because it provides easy access to forested habitats, and to plant and animal species which are otherwise difficult to get at and observe. The Brownsberg is presumed to have been an ancient forest refuge, and holds rare species, some of which appear to be Brownsberg endemics.


PERMANENT RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE at the Brownsberg

The larger Brownsberg area offers various kinds of useful infrastructure, but on the Brownsberg plateau the only permanent tourist facilities. At the northeastern margin of the Brownsberg plateau, an about 7-8 km drive from the foot of the slope, is the Managers headquarters: several tourist lodges, buildings for staff and workers, an office, a workshop, and a small garage. Visiting researchers stay in the tourist lodges, as there are no special research lodges yet.

Based on a recently finished zoning plan an entire creek catchments area - including part of the plateau - will be set aside for research purposes, and will become more or less off-limits to other visitors. As yet, there are no demarcated research sites within the Brownsberg park.

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