Blog Suriname

Groningen - Capital of the district of Saramacca


groningen surinam suriname kekemba trip tour

Groningen is the principal town and the administrative center of the Saramacca District. This district borders the Atlantic Ocean in het North and in the West lies the Coronie District. Groningen was created in 1790 when Governor Jan Gerhard Wichers decided to build a pentagon shaped fort on a strategic site on the Saramacca River that he named after his birth place in Holland - Groningen. Fort Groningen then became one of a cordon of forts.


groningen surinam suriname kekemba trip tour

Many holidaymakers from other areas in Suriname come to Groningen for weekends or for their vacations, to enjoy the restful environment of the Saramacca River, either from terraces or tents. The swimming pool, annex bar, dance hall and warung (Javanese eating place) offer the visitor a welcome repose. On national holidays, boat races and demonstrations on the river are held.


groningen surinam suriname kekemba trip tour

Upon the square which lies before the District Commission there are monuments commemorating the political independence of Suriname in 1975, the centenary of the British Indian immigration, the first anniversary of the revolution of 1980 and a monument commemorating the presence of the 'boeroes' Dutch farming colonists in Groningen. This monument was unveiled in 1945 and updated in 1995.

Dutch farmers

groningen surinam suriname kekemba trip tour

Striking in the history of Groningen is the settlement of a group of Dutch farmers under leadership of Reverend A. van de Brandhof in 1845. They came to Suriname for a fresh start in their lives. Originally, these colonists settled at Voorzorg and Mijn Vermaak on the far side of the Saramacca River. However, within six months, almost 200 of the group of 384 colonists had died of typhoid. After this, the remainder settled in Groningen, where countless other settlers also passed away. In 1849, the remaining colonists moved in smaller groups to Kwatta and Uitvlugt on the outskirts of Paramaribo. In 1853, the colonization in Groningen was definitely considered to have been a failure.


groningen surinam suriname kekemba trip tour

In 1854, Reverend Van de Brandhof departed to Holland. his wife, Anna Pannekoek, died on November 10 1845 and is buried at Groningen. The Pannekoek Street is named after her. The former residence of Reverend van de Brandhof, ever since the division of Suriname into districts, has served as official residence of the District Commissioner.


groningen surinam suriname kekemba trip tour

When you want stay overnight in Groningen you stay at Resort Bloemendaal. Swimming pool and completely eco. Bloemendaal also arrange boat trips.


groningen surinam suriname kekemba trip tour

On the road to Resort Bloemendaal the Sloth Wellness Center is located.


groningen surinam suriname kekemba trip tour

Check pictures and short movies about Groningen on Instagram

About Me

blog travel reizen surinam suriname kekemba trip tour

Since July 2018 I started this blog for information about Suriname. Some contributions are from guests of my resort, Kekemba Resort Paramaribo. For the moment the blog is only in english.

Popular Post




Translate this page in your language of choice

Bulk alert!

All Posts
sorted on number of hits

hits: 6451
Bigi Pan
Big nature reserve near Nieuw Nickerie

hits: 5484
Tuk Tuk
Explore Paramaribo and surroundings in a different way

hits: 2748
Historical Jewish place and visit to Blaka Watra

hits: 2338
Hotel on the Upper Surinameriver

hits: 1949
Items to Pack
Essentials and Convenient items to take to Suriname

hits: 1289
Food Delivery
Food delivery in Suriname

hits: 1255
Experience true Surinam by mountain bike

hits: 929
Monique Pool and her Sloth Welness Center

hits: 895
Rock carvings from long ago

hits: 865
Capital of the district of Saramacca

hits: 756
Luxe resort on the Upper Surinameriver

hits: 721
Preparation trip to suriname for diabetics

hits: 341
Walking march
4 days of walking in Paramaribo

hits: 318
Medical Assistance
General practitioners, Emergency room, Pharmacy

hits: 298
City of Paramaribo
Wooden City in decay

hits: 296
Kwatta soldaat
How Kwatta became a famous soldier

hits: 269
Koto Museum
Revival of memories

hits: 210
Mosaic of People
Colorful multi ethnic population

hits: 210
Life and culture in 28 pictures

hits: 148
Life and culture in 22 pictures

Date blog and Counter

Blog created on:
Number of hits: