Nickerie – Bigi
Nieuw Nickerie is the second largest city of Suriname, located in the utmost north-western point of the country. From Paramaribo, the drive takes around 3,5 hours, through the changing landscape of the districts Saramacca and Coronie which is typified by farmland and rustic villages, where it seems like time has stood still. Nieuw Nickerie is a small town with many rice and banana companies in the surroundings. The majority of its population is Hindu. Near Nieuw Nickerie, nature reserve Bigi Pan is situated. To reach this area, the boat is first drawn on a slipway. In this wetland of 250,000 hectares, already 122 different types of birds have been spotted, of which 72 can be seen throughout the whole year, including the red ibis, osprey, the tern and the wader.
There are two totally different trips to Nickerie – Bigi Pan.
The two day Nickerie/Bigi Pan and western districts tour is an all-inclusive trip to Nickerie, with an experienced guide providing you with informative and fun stories during the whole ride. In the afternoon you can explore the quiet beach with the typical seawall. After a night in a hotel in Nickerie, you go on a boat trip through the nature reserve Bigi Pan, whereafter you return to Paramaribo in the afternoon. A very informative and fun tour to explore the city of Nickerie and the nature reserve Bigi Pan.
The two-day Bigi Pan trip is performed by a local touroperator from Nickerie. The transfer to the starting point of the trip is done on your own (bus/taxi/car). The trip starts in Nickerie with a beautiful/scenic boat trip through the area. You spend the night in the robust lodge on the water, which is equipped with double rooms with private toilet and a shared bathroom and dining room. During the evening boat trip you can spot caiman. Furthermore you have the possibility to kayak and to take a mud bath. After lunch on the second day, you will go back to the starting point, from where you return to Paramaribo. A beautiful nature trip in nature reserve Bigi Pan.
There is also the possibility to stay an extra night at Hotel Residence Inn in Nickerie and exploring the town independently.