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South Drain / Moleson Creek Border - Suriname / Guyana

3guianas travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2015   » View Photoset (48 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The border crossing from Suriname to Guyana is an easy one but not without a potential problem if you do not do it correctly or legally. I had read about a method of
3guianas Photo - The long straight road from Nickerie to South Drain takes 40mins, Suriname.
The long straight road from Nickerie to South Drain takes 40mins, Suriname.
crossing the border called the 'backtrack'. This way is usually only done if there has been rain and the roads are in bad shape.

False Information

While I sat eating lunch in the restaurant in my hotel in Nickerie I asked 2 different men in the restaurant how to do the border crossing to Guyana. They both gave me a nonsense story that I had no option but to do the 'backtrack' which would take something like 10hrs. I reckon they were both corrupt policeman from Guyana trying to set me up so that I would
3guianas Photo - Sheep and goats on the front lawn of a house, car sits on its side, between New Amsterdam and Georgetown, Guyana.
Sheep and goats on the front lawn of a house, car sits on its side, between New Amsterdam and Georgetown, Guyana.
have to pay bribes the next day during the journey. The fact is that the 'backtrack' is illegal. The female receptionist at my hotel heard both these conversations and said absolutely nothing. The same woman that I mention in my hotel review that short changed me when I payed for my food a few minutes later. What's her problem?

I Knew the Truth

I knew after hearing what these men told me that this was not correct because I had also read about how to do it the normal and legal way. I asked the male staff member in my hotel after he arrived for the nightshift about the border crossing for which he told me that the 2 men were telling lies and setting me up! He then arranged for a taxi-van to come in the morning and pick me up at 7am.

Nickerie to South Drain

The journey from Nickerie to South Drain takes 30mins-45mins depending on how many people are
3guianas Photo - A temple or mosque with a big green dome around Moleson Creek in Guyana.
A temple or mosque with a big green dome around Moleson Creek in Guyana.
picked up after you. The countryside is nice with banana plantations and lots of greenery.

South Drain Ferry

At South Drain after buying a ticket for the ferry you go through passport control and board the vessel. The ferry ride from South Drain to Moleson Creek takes 40mins. Then it is passport control and customs procedures. Then from outside the ferry terminal are vans waiting to take people to Georgetown, a 3hr trip.

Moleson Creek to Georgetown

I enjoyed the journey from Moleson Creek to Georgetown, it's interesting. Every few hundred meters the names of the communities change with signs on the road saying names like Hope, Letter Kenney and Cotton Tree. The landscape is not so clean with rubbish scattered around the place, unlike Suriname and French Guiana which were very clean countries. There's lots of palm trees, waterways and wooden houses to see between the border and Georgetown! Enjoy the ride.

     

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Map location: South Drain / Moleson Creek Border - Suriname / Guyana, 3 Guianas. The border cross over the river from Suriname to Guyana and the journey by road to Georgetown!
 A : Nickerie & the Journey from Paramaribo - Suriname 19 kms 19 kms straight distance | 1hr 26mins 1hr 26mins by car (63 kms) | 1hr 43mins 1hr 43mins by bus (63 kms) (63 kms)
 B : Georgetown, Guyana 144 kms 144 kms straight distance | 2hrs 47mins 2hrs 47mins by car (173 kms) | 3hrs 20mins 3hrs 20mins by bus (173 kms) (173 kms)
 C : Paramaribo, Suriname 213 kms 213 kms straight distance | 4hrs 17mins 4hrs 17mins by car (270 kms) | 5hrs 8mins 5hrs 8mins by bus (270 kms) (270 kms)
 D : Saint Laurent / Albina Border - French Guiana/Suriname 345 kms 345 kms straight distance | 6hrs 27mins 6hrs 27mins by car (420 kms) | 7hrs 44mins 7hrs 44mins by bus (420 kms) (420 kms)
 E : Pacaraima to Boa Vista - Brazil 528 kms 528 kms straight distance | 14hrs 11mins 14hrs 11mins by car (854 kms) | 17hrs 1min 17hrs 1min by bus (854 kms) (854 kms)
 F : Santa Elena / Brazil Border - Venezuela 462 kms 462 kms straight distance | 16hrs 57mins 16hrs 57mins by car (1042 kms) | 20hrs 20mins 20hrs 20mins by bus (1042 kms) (1042 kms)
 G : Ciudad Guayana - Venezuela 678 kms 678 kms straight distance | 25hrs 25hrs by car (1651 kms) | 30hrs 30hrs by bus (1651 kms) (1651 kms)
 H : Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela 747 kms 747 kms straight distance | 26hrs 26hrs by car (1746 kms) | 31hrs 31hrs by bus (1746 kms) (1746 kms)
 I : Saint Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana 353 kms 353 kms straight distance
 J : Cayenne to Kourou to Saint Laurent - French Guiana 506 kms 506 kms straight distance
 K : Cayenne, French Guiana 549 kms 549 kms straight distance
 L : Canaima & Angel Falls - Venezuela 630 kms 630 kms straight distance
 M : St Georges / Oiapoque Border - French Guiana / Brazil 635 kms 635 kms straight distance
 N : Oiapoque - Brazil 635 kms 635 kms straight distance
 O : Macapa to Oiapoque - Brazil 851 kms 851 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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