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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, 5 : Tsam Tsam, Lake Oguemoué

Accommodation :
OELO Camp \ 2 Breakfast \ 2 Lunch \ 2 Dinner
Activities : Wildlife Viewing, Bushwalk, Hiking, Night Safaris, Canoeing,  River Cruise, Swimming in Fresh Water, Fishing(Optional), Village Visit, Traditional meals.

Today you leave behind  “La ville du grand blanc” which is the nickname of Lambarene town and refered to Dr Albert Schweitzer. Then travel down on the Ogooué river and through the jungle of its southern chain of lakes to Tsam Tsam, an ecotouristic site on Lake Oguemoue where you’ll spend the next two nights on lake-side platforms with large tents and spectacular views.

Here, you’ll embark on hikes in the forest with local guides to identify animal signs and learn about local plant uses. The surrounding forests are home to lowland gorillas, forest elephants, chimpanzees, red river hogs, sitatungas, forest buffalo, red-capped.

The project was created by OELO, a Gabonese non-profit NGO run by local residents who wish to protect wildlife while creating jobs. 100% Of proceeds stay within local communities and fund environmental conservation in this area.

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Day 6 : Tsam Tsam, Lake Oguemoué to Libreville

Accommodation :
Tropicana Hotel \ 1 Breakfast \ 1 Lunch \ 1 Dinner
Activities : Wildlife Viewing, Canoeing,  River Cruise, Swimming in Fresh Water, Fishing(Optional), Village Visit.

After an early breakfast, take a guided walk through the local village, and learn about community life by visiting the homes of OELO members. Also take a tour of a local plantation or an early morning checking of fishing nets with fishermen.
Head back out to Lambarene by canoe ride following by a car ride to Libreville. Overnight in Tropicana Hotel.

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Tour Details

Itinerary : 6 Days / 5 Nights
Price : USD 2000 / Per person
Maximum Group Size : 10 People
Activities : Wildlife Viewing, Bushwalk, Hiking, 4WD Safari, 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
  • Visit Albert Schweitzer Museum and Hospital in Lambaréné
  • Encounter with the Bwiti practitioners to learn about this ancestral spiritual traditions of the forest-dwelling Babongo and Mitsogo peoples of Gabon
  • Game viewing cruise on the Ogooué River in search of  hippos and birds
  • Experience the local culture first hand in a typical African and and learn about community life village
  • Soak up the scenic beauty of the Lake Oguemoué region

Places Visited

Africa \  Gabon \ Nyonie Rainforest \ Pongara National Park \  Lambarene \  Ogooué River \  Albert Schweitzer Hospital and Museum \ Tsam Tsam and Lake Oguemoué.

Included

  • 5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners (Exclusively Local Dishes)
  • 5 Nights Accommodations (shared)
    • 1 Nights Hotel
    • 2 Night Guest House
    • 2 Nights Bush Camp
  • 6 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
  • Required Travel Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not indicated

Budgeting

  • USD 95 Gabonese Tourist Visa

Tour Dates

Available on private arrangement.

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