Gabon and The Republic of the Congo

Gabon and The Republic of the Congo 2440 , 11 Days

This trip takes us to two of West Africa's smallest countries in an African scale with just one and a half million inhabitants in Gabon and five million in The Republic of the Congo. This vast and truly wild region is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife with forest elephants, forest buffalo, leopard, bongo, giant forest hog and hippo living alongside the greatest density of western lowland gorilla and mandrills in Africa.

In Gabon's Lope National Park, which is one of the most pristine rainforests, live 3-5000 free-living gorillas, in addition to countless white-nosed monkeys, chimpanzees and mandrills. Furthermore, we will find more than 400 different bird species. In Republic of the Congo the Nature Reserve Lesio Louna offers best chances to observe lowland gorillas at close distance from a boat at affordable prices just a few hours drive from Brazzaville .

Highlights:
Libreville - capital and largest city of Gabon;
♦ Lopé National Park - home to some unique endangered species;
♦ Brazzaville - the capital and river port of the Republic of the Congo and former capital of French Equatorial Africa;


Itinerary:

Day 1. Libreville
Pick-up at the airport and transfer to our hotel for overnight. -/-/-

Day 2. Libreville -Nyonie
Our guide will pick us up after breakfast and transfer us to Michal Marine dock. From here it is a 45-minute boat ride to Matek-mavi. Our trip continues with 4x4 vehicles until finally reaching the Nyonie camp. We will settle here, take a short break and have lunch before going for a game drive in the reserve in the afternoon. During the drive we will have the chance to see elephants, buffalos and many more wildlife species. Overnight at Nyonie Camp. B/-/D

Day 3. Nyonie Reserve
This morning we will trek through the beautiful forests of Nyonie Reserve. You can spend the afternoon relaxing on the beautiful beach near the camp. Overnight at Nyonie Camp. B/L/D

Day 4. Nyonie Reserve - Lopé
Today you can spend another day relaxing at the beach before returning to Libreville in the afternoon. From here we will take the night train to Lopé. Upon arrival at Lopé, we will be met by local guides and transferred to the hotel for overnight. B/-/-

Day 5. Lopé National Park
Lopé National Park is the biggest in Gabon, covering an area of 485,000 ha. The landscape of the park consists of open savannah and dense rainforest. Besides mandrill, there are large gorilla and chimpanzee populations. Mandrills are particularly visible in the dry season (July–August), when they hang around in the north of the reserve for up to two weeks at a time. The largest known wild primate gathering – 1,350 mandrills was recorded here in 1996.
Game drive in the afternoon. B/-/-

Day 6. Lope - Libreville (Sunday)
Day to relax and book an optional canoe tour or game drive before we catch the night train back to Libreville. B/-/-

Day 7. Libreville
Check in the hotel. City tour in the afternoon. B/-/-

Day 8. Libreville Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo)
Transfer to the airport to catch the AfriJet flight to Brazzaville. B/-/-

Day 9. Brazzaville
Brazzaville is the capital and river port of the Republic of the Congo and former capital of French Equatorial Africa. It is situated on the north bank of the Congo River below Malebo (Stanley) Pool, across from Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was founded in 1883, when the village of Ntamo was “purchased” by the French, who developed it as a European administrative and residential centre. The city tour includes Basilique Sainte-Anne of the Congo,Cathédrale Sacré-Coeur, Le Palais des Congrès, Les Rapides in Djoué before we embark a pirogue on a 2--3 hours trip along Congo River. B/-/-

Day 10. Lesio Louna Reserve
Today we leave early in the morning heading 140 km to the North in a 4x4 vehicle. The trip to the reserve takes about 2.5 hours.
Lesio Louna shelters gorillas, monkeys, hippos, and many species of birds. We can observe the area's varied wildlife on a one-hour boat trip on the Louna and Lifini Rivers. Back to Brazzaville in the afternoon. B/-/-

Day 11. Departure
Transfer to Brazzaville or to Brazzaville port for those who continue their journey to Kinshasa (DR Congo) B/-/-

NB! Itinerary can undergo changes depending on train schedule Libreville-Lope and flight schedule Libreville-Brazzaville 


Price Includes:
8 nights in standard hotels/lodges in rooms with private
two nights in bungalow in Nyonie with shared facilities
all meals acc. itinerary
local English-speaking guides in Librevuille and Brazzaville
all ground transport and airport transfers
Penguin tour leader (at min. 8 participants)
train tickets Libreville - Lope vv.
game drive Nyonie reserve

Not Included:
International flights
entrance fees
game drives in Lope
flight ticket Libreville-Brazzaville
tips
personal expenses

Additional Services:
Entrance fee in Lesio Louna and gorilla permit - 150 USD (July 2021)
Oneway flight ticket Libreville-Brazzaville - appr. 130 EUR


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Gabon and The Republic of the Congo (Rated 4.67 / 5 Based on 108 Reviews.)
Price
2440 EUR
Duration
11 Days
Single Supplement
350 EUR
Status
Guaranteed departure
Price
2440 EUR
Duration
11 Days
Single Supplement
350 EUR
Status
Guaranteed departure

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
4-12
Reservation System Code
GARUND
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