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Itinerary - Day by day summary

Day 1 : Pongara NP - Nyonié Rainforest - 4WD Safari

Accommodation :
Campement Chez Beti \ 1 Lunch \ 1 Dinner
Activities : Wildlife Viewing, 4WD Safari, River Cruise, Village Visit

After breakfast, take a boat game drive on the estuary of the Komo river and the chain of mangroves following by a 4WD game drive to Nyonié camp, a small seaside safari camp near the village of Nyonie owned and operated by a French ex-pat.
In the afternoon, head out for a game drive in Nyonie forest. Here, wildlife sightings can include elephants, buffalo, monkeys, parrots, hornbills, chimpanzee, mandrill, western lowland gorilla, eopard,  numerous antelope species, as well as a huge number of bird species.

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Day 2 : Pongara NP - Nyonié Rainforest to Lambarene

Accommodation :
Schweitzer Guestrooms \ 1 Breakfast \ 1 Lunch \ 1 Dinner
Activities : Wildlife Viewing, Bushwalk, River Cruise, Village Visit.

Wake up at 5 am and take an early morning walk to go to meet the rainforest who is waking up then return to camp in time for breakfast. Meanwhile, you can just rest at the beautiful beach, which you have all for yourself, since the place is really wild and empty.

In late afternoon, drive to Lambarene a small town located on the south of the equator and lying on both side of the Ogooué River. The city is known world-wide because of Albert Schweitzer (Nobel Peace prize winner) and his hospital which is still a major attraction. The hospital was built in 1913 and still Supported by volunteers from around the world, this remarkable institution is run by a non-profit foundation. The small museum preserves its founder's lodgings, as well as some of his simple possessions. Dinner and overnight at Schweitzer Guestrooms in Lambarene.

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Day 3 : Cultural Experience and River's Game Viewing

Accommodation :
Schweitzer Guestrooms \ 1 Breakfast \ 1 Lunch \ 1 Dinner
Activities :  Wildlife Viewing, River Cruise, Village Visit, Bwiti Ceremony, City sightseeing, Local Market, Museum.

After an early breakfast, Embark on an exhilarating, morning boat cruise to explore the Ogooué River’s diverse game viewing. Be on the lookout for wild game such as hippos and several endemic bird that could be encountered along the way of the principal river of Gabon also know as the fourth largest river in Africa by volume of discharge, trailing only the Congo, Niger and Zambezi.  

After lunch, enjoy an unforgettable visit to a typical African village to experience the local culture first hand. Spend time with the children of the village as well as its elders, and learn about their day-to-day life. This afternoon, head back to Lambarene to visit the town and the Albert Schweitzer Hospital and Museum know as one of the most spectacular historic places in Gabon.

This evening after dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy a guided walk to visit a local temple and witness a mesmerising Bwiti ceremony and learn about the local rituals and traditions. Although Bwiti is still very much alive in Gabon, few outsiders ever witness it. Temples are small, unobtrusive buildings that hide behind houses. Amongst many Gabonese, Bwiti continues to instil fear, whilst others revere it - both are reasons that it is rarely talked about openly.

Sit with the believers as they summon the spirits. Chanting, dancing and drumming are all integral parts of these ceremonies, which vary depending on the occasion or objective. This is an entirely authentic and powerful experience. Bwiti blends Christianity with animism and other practices, all fuelled by the consumption of iboga. This potent endemic plant has psychedelic properties, which the local people take advantage of by chewing the root. This combination of religious fervour and iboga can see the faithful stay up all night chanting and singing.

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Day 4 : On the way to Lopé National Park

Accommodation :
Night Train \ 1 Breakfast \ 1 Lunch \ 1 Dinner
Activities :  Wildlife Viewing, Bushwalk, Village Visit, City sightseeing, Local Market.

After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely day to recover from last night. Later, you will be taken to visit a cocoa plantations, meet the farmers, learn how to grow high-quality robusta  cocoa beans, gain insight into organic farming methods, and suck up sweet seeds inside the new cocoa pod. After lunchtime, the afternoon is yours to explore as you wish.

In late afternoon, for your transfer to the nearest train station, we make our way inland through the jungle and descend to the town of Ndjolé lying northeast of Lambaréné on the Ogooué River, the N2 road and the Trans-Gabon Railway. Making our way to the famous Lopé National Park tonight, we enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant at the train station before departure, then overnight at the first class of the Ntsa Express.

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Day 5 : Lopé National Park - Mandrills Tracking

Accommodation :
Lopé Hotel \ 1 Breakfast \ 1 Lunch \ 1 Dinner
Activities : Wildlife Viewing, Bushwalk, Hiking, Mandrills Tracking.

After breakfast, head out for a full day game drive in Lopé National Park, a world heritage site, the park is the only place in the world that offers visitors a likely chance to view the enormous troops of hundreds of mandrills up close and personal. The largest group of primates ever recorded is a troop of 1,350 mandrills sighted in the park. Since some of the mandrills in Lopé National Park have been fitted with radio collars, tracking them becomes an easier task, increasing the possibility of seeing a troop.

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Day 6 and 7 : Lopé National Park - Gorilla Tracking

Accommodation :
1 Night Mikongo Camp - 1 Night train \ 2 Breakfast \ 2 Lunch \ 2 Dinner
Activities : Wildlife Viewing, Bushwalk, Hiking, Gorilla Tracking. Swimming in freshwater.


After an early breakfast and briefing at your hotel, we drive off to Mikongo rainforest in Lopé National Park where we’ll spend the next two days. The journey is exciting with beautiful views to see, the vehicle can be stopped at any time to take good pictures. Up on arrival in Mikongo bush camp, set off for the western lowland gorilla tracking inside the Mikongo rainforest.

Enjoy gorilla tracking the highlight of the trip, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest guided by experienced trackers. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 1 up to 4 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended.
After tracking on day 11, come back to the hotel and relax. Take a sleep while waiting the night train at middle night for your transfer to Libreville.

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Day 8 : Head back to Libreville

Accommodation :
Tropicana Hotel \ 1 Breakfast \ 1 Lunch
Activities : --

Your tour ends today at lunchtime. This morning, you will have an early breakfast on the train and, once you arrive in Libreville, you will be transferred to the Tropicana Hotel and you will rest while waiting for lunch. The time has come for you to share your impressions and give your opinion to your guide.

Tour Details

Itinerary : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Price : USD 3000 / Per person
Maximum Group Size : 10 People
Activities : Wildlife Viewing, Bushwalk, Hiking, 4WD Safari, Mandrills Tracking, Gorilla Tracking, Hippos Watching, Sea Turtle Watching (November to April), Whales Watching (July to September), Canoeing,  River Cruise, Swimming in Fresh Water, Fishing(Optional), City Sightseeing, Museum, Local Market, Village Visit, Bwiti Ceremony, Traditional meals, Relaxing on White Sand Beach.       
Activity Level : Relaxed

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience game drives while on safari in Nyonié Rainforest
  • Track one of the world largest group of Mandrills in Lopé National Park
  • Track Gorillas on foot through the forest of Mikongo in Lopé National Park
  • Soak up the scenic beauty of Lopé National Park
  • Visit Albert Schweitzer Museum and Hospital in Lambaréné
  • Cruise the Ogooué River to view hippos and birds
  • Encounter with the Bwiti practitioners to learn about this ancestral spiritual traditions of the forest-dwelling Babongo and Mitsogo peoples of Gabon
  • Experience the local culture first hand in a typical African and and learn about community life village

Places Visited

Africa \  Gabon \ Nyonie Rainforest \ Pongara National Park \  Lopé National Park \ Mikongo Bush Camp \ Mikongo Rainforest \ Ogooué River \  Lambarene \ Albert Schweitzer Hospital and Museum.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners (Exclusively Local Dishes)
  • 7 Nights Accommodations (shared)
    • 1 Nights Hotel
    • 2 Night Guest House
    • 2 Nights Bush Camp
    • 2 Nights Train
  • 8 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Services of driver / Wildlife Guide
  • Transport
  • Road tolls and taxes
  • All Tour Highlights
  • National Park and Conservation Area fees and taxes
  • Meals as indicated
  • 1,5L Bottle of mineral  water daily

Excluded

  • Drinks and Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature
  • International Flights and Visa
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Required Travel Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not indicated

Budgeting

  • USD 95 Gabonese Tourist Visa

Tour Dates

Available on private arrangement.

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