Book Cheap Flights to Suriname

Exotic wildlife, remote villages, and river journeys through the tropical heart of the Amazon

Suriname is a strange and wonderful potpourri of cultures, wildlife, and landscapes on the north-eastern coast of South America. It is home to over 500,000 people and is considered one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Popular attractions include the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Arya Dewaker Hindu Temple, and Fort Zeelandia in Paramaribo.

Get ready to explore the “beating heart of the Amazon” with cheap flights to Suriname. The main airport is Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM), which is a 1-hour and 15-minute drive from the capital city, Paramaribo. The airport serves several airlines, including Surinam Airways and KLM. Popular connecting flights to Suriname depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Suriname is approximately 21 hours and 36 minutes.

Why visit Suriname

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Dutch Architecture

As a former Dutch colonial town, the streets of Paramaribo’s inner city offer a surreal step into 17th and 18th century Europe. The Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral is iconic.

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Interesting History

From the Fort Zeelandia fortress in Paramaribo and Fort Nieuw Amsterdam in Nieuw Amsterdam to the Lalla Rookh Museum Jodensavanne ruins, Suriname abounds with landmarks that hum with historical tales.

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Exotic Wildlife

With over 90% of the country covered in tropical rainforest, it’s no surprise Suriname is considered a wildlife treasure trove. Squirrel monkeys and cocoa frogs are just two of its exotic residents.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Surinamese Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language Dutch / Sranan
Hub Airport Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM)
Airline Surinam Airways
Time Zone GMT-3
Travel Adaptor Type A / B / C / F

Best time to visit Suriname

Suriname experiences a tropical climate with two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. The dry sea-sons are from February to April and August to November, while the rainy seasons are from April to July and December to January. The best time to visit Suriname is during the dry seasons. For wildlife lovers, the turtle viewing season is at its best from late-February to May. For cheap flights to Suriname, the best time to visit is during the rainy seasons.

Weather & Climate in Suriname

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 22°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 22°C
High °C 30°C 30°C 30°C 31°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 32°C 30°C
Rainfall (mm) 195 150 160 230 320 305 225 165 85 85 110 175

Suriname is a strange and wonderful place.

With over 90% of the country covered in steaming tropical rainforest and Dutch architecture lining the streets of the capital city, Suriname is a country of exotic contrasts and wild landscapes.

Some of its most magnificent natural attractions include the Brownsberg Nature Park, Brokopondo Reservoir, Galibi Coppename Nature Reserve, Central Suriname Nature Reserve, and Garden of Palms.

These vast tracts of tangle jungle are home to gushing waterfalls, rugged mountains, towering equa-torial plants, and tropical animal life. Whether you are exploring the forest trails on foot or paddling down the river in a kayak, these untamed landscapes offer a chance to experience the wild soul of South America.

For a taste of the unique potpourri of culture that Suriname is famous for, the Arya Dewaker Hindu Temple in Paramaribo (the capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is an architectural marvel and important Hindu site.

A number of private operators offer tours that will take you into the heart of the jungle where native villages live harmoniously with nature.

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South African passport holders will need a visa to enter Suriname. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your arrival date and have one blank page per entry.

Phone: (+27) 012 346 7627

Suriname is considered a relatively safe destination. However, you should still use common sense and take the usual precautions, as you would in any other foreign country. Comprehensive travel insurance to cover medical expenses and theft is recommended.

Keep valuables in a safe place and maintain caution in crowded areas, as pick-pocketing and theft do happen. Avoid wandering around alone at night (especially through the Garden of Palms in Paramaribo) and steer clear of isolated areas.

Vaccination against yellow fever is required. Precautions should be taken to avoid mosquito bites, as Zika virus, chikungunya, dengue fever, and malaria are a risk in Suriname. Other recommended vaccinations include: hepatitis A & B, typhoid, rabies, MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, meningitis, varicella, polio and influenza. Stick to bottled water.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Paramaribo
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R120 R45
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R30 R30 R16
Cappuccino (regular) R24 R24 R16
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R10 R10 R18
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R55
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