Colakreek Recreatiepark, Paramaribo, Suriname – A Taste of Black Water from the Caribbean

After a month of stay in Suriname, I have known that this country has black waters that they can be proud of. As we join this whole new group of diverse people speaking different language, we were happy to know that we are having a team building at Colakreek! It’s a good step to get along with people who are new to your circles.

It was a hot sunny day when we arrived. Later, more & more people are coming.

bus
bus

Colakreek Recreatiepark, located in the district of Para, is estimated 3 and a half hours away from the capital city – Paramaribo.  The park is surrounded by trees which gives cool breezing air and nice shades, perfect for relaxation and games.

cottage
cottage
volleyball-court-at-colakreek
Volleyball court.

Surinamese, as they call the local people, are fond of going there on repeated times.  But more so, foreign people who lived or were on a vacation in Suriname also loved to visit often.

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Bus full of different nationalities going to Colakreek . Chinese, Taiwanese, Surinamese, Filipino, Indonesian, Ghanaian

Because of its dark brown creek water, the place was named ‘Colakreek’. Though the water is dark brown, it has nothing to do with its safety. The deep brown color caused by falling leaves and this process keeps the acid content of the water constant, so its basically safe for bathing. When you go deep down the surface, the soil is kinda pebbly but tiny sizes. It was cream in color, but because the water was darker, the water still appears dark.

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Colakreek  has long before existed during the World War 2. But it wasn’t so long when they renovated it to a recreational park. Most of the swimming areas are man made. But the water are naturally static which I dunno where it comes from, but according to my local co-workers, it is from the rainforests.

Colakreek offers the following accommodations:

colakreek accomodations

  • Open Cabins: 25 pieces
  • Open Kampen: 3 pieces
  • Holiday Homes: 5 pieces

Additional attractions:

cola-kreek-slide

  • pedalos
  • water Hammocks
  • a Treehouse
  • Kids Sliding Rock
  • Children Slide Tunnel

A blackwater river is a type of river with a deep, slow-moving channel flowing through forested swamps or wetlands. As vegetation decays, tannins leach into the water, making a transparent, acidic water that is darkly stained, resembling tea or black coffee (source: wikipedia).

Just because it’s black doesn’t mean it’s dirty. It was one of my most memorable water experience in Suriname. Go experience it yourself! Have some taste of Black Water from the Caribbean.

 

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