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Gabon Gorilla Trekking and Safari – 6 Days

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Duration

6

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Gabon Gorilla Trekking and Safari

Gabon Gorilla Trekking and Safari – In 2002 the government of Gabon designated 10% of the country solely for the formation of protected national parks. Loango National Park, the largest of thirteen, is situated in the southwest (just south of the equator) and protects a diverse coastal habitat, including parts of the 220 km² Iguéla Lagoon, the only West/Central-Africa lagoon ecosystem that is protected within a national park.

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.

In Loango National Park, there is an opportunity to see forest elephants, forest buffalo, and red river hogs among other rare wildlife against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s this spectacle that makes the place truly special. The Loango coastline is truly a window into the ancient past when wild animals visited the ocean’s edge along the tropical west/central coast of Africa. This phenomenon exists today only in parts of Gabon, hence the moniker, Africa’s Last Eden. Gabon is politically stable but not yet on the mass tourism radar. There is no better time to visit than now.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Port-Gentil
  • LOANGO NATIONAL PARK
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Safari

Itinerary

Day 1: Monday- ARRIVE LIBREVILLE
Day 1: Monday- ARRIVE LIBREVILLE

Upon arriving in Libreville, you will be greeted, escorted, and brought to your lodging. You may go to the places mentioned in DAY 6 attractions, depending on the time of your flight.

Group A Hotel: Meridien Hotel

Group B Hotel: Etoile d'Or

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

Transfer to the airport in the early morning for the flight from Port-Gentil. When you arrive in Port Gentil, you will be greeted and taken to Loango Lodge in a 4x4. Have a short lunch once you arrive and check-in. After you've settled in, embark on a boat safari to explore the Iguela lagoon's mangrove trees. Consider substituting a wildlife drive in the park for the boat safari.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Group A Hotel: Loango Lodge Liambissi

Group B Hotel: Gavilo lodge

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

Drive to the Max Planck Gorilla Habituation and Research Project after breakfast. Depending on where the gorillas are today, the trek might take up to 45 minutes. Visit the bush with a group of Pygmy expert trackers to observe the big silverback and his family of 18 western lowland gorillas.


Keep a close check on the gorilla troop after you come into touch with them (10 meters). It's amazing to see these enormous apes acting like gorillas in their native environment. After spending an hour with the gorillas, you may either walk or take a short boat ride across the lagoon to the study team's base camp in Yatouga. Enjoy a small dinner at Yatouga before hearing an update on the gorillas and the current research.

This afternoon, go on a vehicle savanna safari; Loango's savannas are a vital component of the park's spectacular ecosystem. Drive across extensive savannas to see all of the normal species as well as others that are rarely seen, such as forest sitatunga (marshbuck), leopard, chimp, and yellow-backed duiker. Stop for a sundowner on the beach while viewing the sunset over the Atlantic.

(An extra Gorilla visit on a different day can be arranged for an additional charge.)

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Group A Hotel: Loango lodge Liambissi

Group B Hotel: Gavilo lodge

Day 4: Thursday- LOANGO NATIONAL PARK
Day 4: Thursday- LOANGO NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Tassi camp, which is situated in the savannah close to the seashore, after breakfast. One of the few places on Earth where you may still see gigantic animals grazing nearby or along the coast is Tassi. Only in Gabon can you observe hippos swimming in the ocean. During the rainy season, buffaloes, monkeys, forest elephants, and other animals are frequently seen feeding on the coastal grasslands. A gorilla family may occasionally be spotted foraging in nearby trees. Join our knowledgeable guide on a nocturnal search for nesting marine turtles during turtle season (October to February). Four distinct species of sea turtles reside on the beaches of Gabon.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Group A Hotel: Loango lodge Liambissi

Group B Hotel: Gavilo lodge

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

After a leisurely breakfast, embark on one final safari or boat excursion to discover the aquatic species. Depending on when your plane departs from Port Gentil, go on a morning safari by boat or 4x4 before returning by road. Relax with some refreshments in Port Gentil before taking the 30-minute flight to Libreville. You can spend the night in Libreville or go to explore the surrounding area.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Group A Hotel: Meridien Hotel

Group B Hotel: Etoile d'Or

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

After breakfast, begin your tour of Libreville, a city with wide pavements, clean streets, big guarded residences, and pricy restaurants. Visit the famed Saint Michel Cathedral, which has 31 massive wooden columns carved by a blind Gabonese carpenter.

Take a stroll down the shore, noting the folk art sculptures that border the promenade. After learning about Gabon's indigenous culture at the Musée des Arts et Traditions, proceed to the city's stylish clubs, restaurants, and bars in the legendary Louis Quarter. Your journey will take you beneath the glitz and glam to find actual urban Gabon, replete with crowded street markets and lively residential sections. Transfer to the airport with plenty of time for your next flight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • 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.
  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not listed
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Gratuities
  • Additional Gorilla permits
  • Additional Activities and Add-ons

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