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Gabon Gorilla Trekking and Safari

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Gabon Gorilla Trekking and Safari

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Group A Accommodation
Cost per person, USD
Number of Travelers Price Per Person,
Two Per Room
Single Room
Supplement
2 $4870.00 $610.00
3 & 4 $4290.00 $610.00
Group B Accommodation
Cost per person, USD
Number of Travelers Price Per Person
Two Per Room
Single Room
Supplement
2 $4490.00 $570.00
3 & 4 $3910.00 $570.00

 

2019 Tour Dates

  • September 8-13
  • December 2-7 or 9-14

2020 Tour Dates

  • January 6 – 11 and 20-25
  • May 3-8
  • June 14 – 19
  • July 12 – 17
  • August 2-7
  • September 6-11
  • December 6-11 and 13-18

Included in the rate:

  • 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.

Not Included

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

Optional Excursions in Gabon
 1. Whale watching

July to September

In the months June to October, breeding humpback whales congregate off the coast of Gabon as part of an annual migration to the Gulf of Guinea. The parks authorities at Iguéla conduct offshore surveys of these animals as part of the normal anti- poaching campaigns. There is the option for limited numbers of guests to accompany the research team and get to experience the whales at close quarters…

2. Gorilla visits

The visit to the Habituated group of Western Lowland Gorillas is a unique experience. You will get the opportunity to spend an hour in the presence of the silverback Kamaya and his family of 17.       Minimum age is 16 years.

3. Sport Fishing (Lagoon & beach)

Nowhere other place in West/Central Africa is the coastal environment so unspoiled as it is in Gabon, ensuring quality fishing for Giant African threadfin, cubera snapper, Guinean barracuda, jacks, and tarpon, among others. Most fishing techniques are employed and include spinning, fishing with natural baits, trolling, surfcasting and fly fishing.

4. Open-Sea Sport fishing

Fish for Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado and Tuna.