Gabon Gorilla Trekking and Safari

The 1,550 km² Loango National Park is a mosaic of grassland savannas, remote beaches, numerous types of forests, swamps, mangrove habitats, and salt marshes, and is one of the best examples of Gabon’s incredible biodiversity. The park offers breathtaking panoramas in every direction together with great possibilities to see many of the 200 mammal species and over 600 bird species found in the country.

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Activity
  1. Day 1: Monday- ARRIVE LIBREVILLE

    On arrival in Libreville, you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your flight arrival time you may explore the sites as described in DAY 6.

    Group A Hotel: Meridien Hotel

    Group B Hotel: Etoile d’Or

  2. Day 2: Tuesday- LIBREVILLE /PORT GENTIL/ LOANGO NATIONAL PARK

    Early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Port-Gentil. On arrival in Port Gentil, you will be met and transferred in a 4×4 to Loango Lodge. Upon arrival and check-in enjoy a light lunch. After settling in go on a short introductory safari (by boat) on the Iguela lagoon, covering the mangrove forests. Instead of the boat safari, optional game drive in the park.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Group A Hotel: Loango Lodge Liambissi

    Group B Hotel: Gavilo lodge

  3. Day 3: Wednesday- LOANGO NATIONAL PARK (GORILLA EXCURSION)

    After breakfast drive to the Max Planck Gorilla Habituation and Research Project. Depending on the location of the gorillas today, the trip will take upwards of   45-minutes. Enter the forest on foot following a team of Pygmy master-trackers, whose daily task it is to track the family of 18 western lowland gorillas including the mighty silverback.

    Once contact is made with the gorilla group, observe them from close-up (10 meters). It is an incredible experience watching these great apes in their natural habitat doing what gorillas do.  After spending an hour with the gorillas, visit the researchers’ Yatouga Base Camp either by walking or traveling a short distance by boat on the lagoon. At Yatouga enjoy light refreshments followed by a briefing about the gorillas and the ongoing research.

    This afternoon go on a savanna Safari by vehicle; the savannas of Loango form an integral part of the park’s amazing ecosystem.  Drive through extensive savannas with the opportunity to see all the usual animals in addition to rarely-seen wildlife such as forest sitatunga (marshbuck), leopard, chimpanzee & yellow-backed duiker. At sunset  stop at the beach for a sundowner as you watch the sunset over the Atlantic.

    (A second Gorilla visit can be arranged on a separate day at added cost)

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Group A Hotel: Loango lodge Liambissi

    Group B Hotel: Gavilo lodge

  4. Day 4: Thursday- LOANGO NATIONAL PARK

    After breakfast, go on an excursion to Tassi camp located in the savannah near to the ocean. Tassi is one of the last few places on earth where large mammals can still be seen roaming freely near or on the beach. Only in Gabon can hippos be seen swimming in the surf. Here, during the rainy season, buffaloes, monkeys, forest elephants and other species can often be found grazing on the coastal grasslands. On the rare occasion a family of gorillas may also be spotted foraging in the trees nearby. In turtle season (October to February), venture out at night with our expert guide to search for nesting marine turtles. In total, four species of marine turtles can be found nesting on Gabon’s beaches.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Group A Hotel: Loango lodge Liambissi

    Group B Hotel: Gavilo lodge

  5. Day 5: Friday- LOANGO/PORT GENTIL/LIBREVILLE

    After an early breakfast, go on a final safari or boat ride to see the aquatic animals. Depending on your flight time from Port Gentil, go on a morning safari either by boat or in a 4×4 before you depart by road to Port Gentil. On arrival in Port Gentil, enjoy refreshments, then board for the 30 minutes flight to Libreville. On arrival in Libreville, optional departure or overnight to enjoy what Libreville has to offer.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Group A Hotel: Meridien Hotel

    Group B Hotel: Etoile d’Or

  6. Day 6: Saturday- TOUR OF LIBREVILLE/DEPART

    After breakfast, begin the tour of Libreville, a city with wide pavements, clean streets, huge gated villas and expensive restaurants. Visit the distinguished church of Saint Michel, with its 31 large wooden columns that were carved by a blind Gabonese artist.

    Take a stroll along the waterfront, noting the folk art sculptures along the walkway. Visit the Musée des Arts et Traditions and learn about Gabon’s tribal culture and visit the popular Louis Quarter where the city’s stylish clubs, restaurants and bars are found.  Your guide will take you behind the glitz where you will find the real urban Gabon, with its crowded street markets and busy residential neighborhoods. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip Includes:

  • Arrival and departure services at Libreville and Port Gentil Airports.
  • Transfers to and from the airports and hotels
  • Hotel accommodation in Libreville and Loango National Park
  • Return flights between Libreville and Port Gentil.
  • Boat and/or vehicle transfers to and from Loango.
  • Accommodation, meals and bottled water at Loango.
  • One Gorilla Permit
  • All scheduled safaris and excursions, excluding fishing excursions and or other special excursions.
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