Suriname, located in northern South America, borders the North Atlantic Ocean between French Guiana and Guyana. Although it is the smallest independent nation on the continent, it is not at all small by European standards, with a land area comparable to that of Georgia. The majority of its population – numbering just 600,000 (equivalent to roughly 6.5% of London’s population) – resides on the coast, leaving vast swathes of the interior completely untouched. In fact, Suriname boasts the highest percentage of forest cover on Earth, enveloping a staggering 93% of the country’s landmass.

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George Vincent

George Vincent

"Suriname is a rarity among wildlife destinations, boasting a wealth of fauna, with very few visitors. Our ‘Suriname – South America’s Hidden Gem’ tour is deliberately holistic in nature; designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the nation’s natural treasures, covering birds, mammals, and herpetofauna alike. Yet, for those with a particularly dedicated interest, or for intrepid travellers looking to venture further off the beaten track, we can happily offer a Tailormade option, allowing you to create an entirely unique travel experience."

Operations Manager - George Vincent


With such expansive wildlife habitat remaining, Suriname offers a rare, fresh canvas for wildlife travel. Species here largely thrive in their original numbers and distribution, making every excursion incredibly exciting. Few countries globally can claim records of such iconic megafauna as Jaguar, Giant Armadillo, and Giant Anteater within striking distance of their capital city.

Although birdwatching in a rainforest environment is rarely straightforward, Suriname can be regarded as one of the most rewarding forest birding locations on Earth. Over 700 species are possible, including a variety of beautiful Guiana Shield endemics such as Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Guianan Toucanet, and Guianan Trogon, alongside Grey-winged Trumpeter, Capuchinbird, and the most iconic of neotropical raptors – the magnificent Harpy Eagle. Large stretches of pristine wetland habitat also play host to thousands of roosting waterbirds that congregate in mesmerising displays, while the savannah zone provides a pleasant contrast to the forested interior.

The mammalian diversity is just as remarkable, and equally distinctive, with excellent opportunities to encounter up to eight species of primates, including such highlights as Golden-handed Tamarin, White-faced and Bearded Saki, and Guiana Spider Monkey. Additionally, sightings of the range-restricted Pale-throated Sloth, as well as Lowland Tapir, Giant Otter, and Brazilian Porcupine are regular. Some of South America’s rarest fauna reside here too, including six cat species, the secretive Lowland Paca, and the near-mythical Bush Dog.

Beyond the more conspicuous birds and mammals, Suriname also boasts a vibrant tapestry of herpetofauna, with more than 100 species possible in a single tour. Standouts include Emerald Tree Boa, Green Anaconda, Bushmaster, Surinam Toad, Red-footed Tortoise, Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman, and over 25 colour morphs of Dyeing Poison Frog!

Culturally, Suriname is a fascinating place, characterised by a rich blend of diverse ethnic backgrounds, languages, cuisines, and traditions influenced by various indigenous Amerindians, Afro-Surinamese, Indo-Surinamese, Javanese, Chinese, and European descendants. It exudes a laid-back, Caribbean-like vibe, while retaining a distinctive charm that separates it from both the Caribbean and the rest of the Latin American mainland. The old city of Paramaribo, its capital, is also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to its well-preserved Dutch-Creole architecture.

Suriname is a unique nation, home to some of the most biodiverse eco-regions on Earth. However, despite the current abundance of flora and fauna, the native habitat is under increasing threat from illegal mining, slash-and-burn agriculture, and the hunting and trapping of native wildlife. By fostering appreciation for the habitat and providing the local population with a justified means to protect it, eco-tourism serves as a vital driver of conservation. We collaborate closely with local communities to promote eco-tourism as an effective and sustainable approach to safeguarding Suriname's rich natural heritage.

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