What makes Peperpot so
Peperpot has been marked for
sustainable ecotourism under the strategic visionary Marienburg
Development Project Plan.
Peperpot Nature Park is located
only 5 km away from the center of the capital city of
Paramaribo, making it an ideal place to relax and reconnect in
nature for both the local and international tourist.
Heritage and Nature
Plantation Peperpot is an
inheritance of the Dutch colonial period. Coffee and cacao were
produced here. The plantation has been without any production
for many decades. Due to this abandonment a sound and beautiful
secondary tropical forest has grown, presenting a high diversity
of flora and fauna, especially the bird population.
At the historical village of
Peperpot many of the old plantation homes as well as worker
barracks ("kampong") are still present in relatively good state.
A guided walk through the historic coffee and cacao factory is
an enriching experience.
So, the nature forms an
inseparable part of the rich cultural history of Peperpot!
Peperpot is very popular among
international bird watchers and a few Surinamese birders.
All bird endemics of Suriname can be found here, such as
Arrowhead Piculet and Blood Coloured Woodpecker. Furthermore a
lot of special birds can be seen such as Spotted Puffbird,
White-tailed Trogon, Green-tailed Jacamar, Hook-billed kite and
two hawk eagles: the latter are there because there is a large
population of squirrel monkeys.
Peperpot is a perfect place for
walking, biking, relaxing and jogging....in nature. The nature
park is open for the general public from 8:30 - 5:00 pm, Tuesday
For the avid nature enthusiast
or the walkers / joggers who wish to visit more frequently
specialized "Friendship Passes" have been designed which allow "Friens
of Peperpot Nature Park" to pay a very reasonable yearly fee, in
order to allow for special previliges including coming to the
park from 6:00 am - 6:30 pm.
Much to our delight the schools
have enthusiastically discovered and embraced Peperpot Nature
Park as a place to explore, discover and learn about the
environment, history and unique cultural of Peperpot. Students
and teachers ranging all the way from kindergarden up to
primary, middle, highschool as well as University level
students. Students from the NATIN as well as teachers' institute
(IOL) have also visited Peperpot Nature Park.
On our part we are working hard
to realize our dream of establishing a "Nature Education and
Research Center" at Peperpot Nature Park which will offer a much
more profound educational experience for young and old. Step one
has been realized by producing a project plan for this
worthwhile project. While waiting on the "BIG" project to become
a reality, we've been taking important steps toward deepening
the educational experience of students at the nature park. A
pilot project was designed for a local middle school ("VOJ
school) where students were introduced to the concept of
"biodiversity" by actually investigating & measuring the level
of biodiversity in their school environment as compared to the
level of biodiversity at Peperpot Nature Park.
Even in its early days prior to
the nature park being formally being structured under the wings
of the Peperpot Nature Park foundation, Peperpot was already a
popular attraction for cruiseship tourism with special focus on
birdwatching cruiseships. In partnership with
Travel & Tours (METS=Movement
for Ecotourism in Suriname)
many cruiseship tourists
were welcomed and continue to be welcomed at the old historic
plantations of Peperpot as well as Marienburg.
Field Manager, Lucien
Felter, (currently tourist supervisor) and Mr.
Victor Emanuel from the USA, President of Emanuel
Tours and owner of the Clipper Adventure cruiseship
Last but certainly not least,
what makes Peperpot so unique is the 700 ha protected natural
forest, named the Peperpot Nature Corridor.
The Peperpot Nature Corridor
It enables both the plant as well as animal species to co-exist
with its humanly neighbors in a balanced way. In the 700 ha
nature forest, the necessary migration of the animals is
The Peperpot Nature Corridor
and Peperpot Nature Park have respectively been categorized
under the IUCN Protected Area
Management Categories I and II.
Peperpot Nature Corridor
IUCN category I a,b:
A protected area managed mainly for ecosystem &
wilderness protection as well as science.
Peperpot Nature Park
IUCN category II:
A protected area
managed mainly for ecosystem protection while
providing a foundation for spiritual, scientific,
educational, recreational and visitor opportunities,
all of which must be environmentally and culturally
The realization of the "Nature
Corridor" has the long-term effect of enabling ecotourism to
continue to develop in a sustainable manner at Peperpot as well
as the surrounding District of Commewijne, while resulting in
economic benefits and job creation for the Surinamese community.
As such, the “Peperpot Nature Corridor” gives practical meaning
to the policies of that Suriname has put forth of "greening the
The realization of the Peperpot
Nature Corridor was made possible through the creative
cooperation between the following organizations:
Surinaamse Cultuurmaatschappij N.V. (Mariënburg),
who is the initiator of the strategic Mariënburg
Development Plan for Peperpot & Mariënburg.
Guianas who is a grantor of several projects put
forth by Stg. Peperpot Nature Park and Stg. Peperpot
Tresor from the University of Utrecht, which owns
and manages a comparable (but larger) protected
nature reserve in French Guyana. A new budding
win-win relationship is coming into being between
Peperpot and Tresor, where a first collaborative
research project will be jointly carried on behalf
of assessing the biodiversity of the “Peperpot
Peperpot Nature Park is a collaborative partner of
Stg. Peperpot Nature Forest, and as such is
committed to actively participate and assist in
realization of all the worthy goals of the Peperpot
HELP US TO
PRESERVE A BEAUTIFUL NATURAL LANDMARK
OF SURINAME LOCATED IN THE DISTRICT OF COMMEWIJNE
AT ONLY 10 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE CAPITAL CITY OF PARAMARIBO...
BY VISITING PEPERPOT NATURE PARK!