- Trip Outline
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- 10 days/9 nights
- See in Loango National Park, Western Gorilla western Gorilla, small families of forest elephant and forest buffalo grazing on the savannah, or if you’re lucky, on the beach.
- Look for herds of characterful red river hog grazing on the beach or savannah and spot hippo wallowing in the lagoons.
Day 1: Libreville
- Arriving in Libreville, thentransferin to the hotel. In the afternoon, city tour and back to the hotel where you will have your dinner and spend your night.
Day 2: Libreville-Port Gentil- Omboué
- Today, in the morning, after your breakast, you willbe tranfering to Libreville International Aiport, where you will take your plan to Port-Gentil (30 minutes). Arriving in Port-Gentil, you will be assisted by our team with all checking process, then tranfering to Omboué by boat (1 hour), arriving in Omboué, directly tranfering to Olako Hotel here you have your lunch. In the
afternoon, 3 hours Mpivié river expedition by boat (River with Crocodiles, Monkeys and multi- coloured birds), then after visitng Evengué Gorilla Island (depending on the availability).
Day 3: Omboué-Loango
Travelling from Omboué to Loango National Park by 4x4 Car (2hoursà . Upon arrival at Loango, you will transfering to Loango Lodge where you will see your accomodation and have a lunch. In the afternoon, you will start your exploration of Loang National Park with a tour of the Estuary by Boat. This tour, of 2 to 3 hours will introduce you to the enormous Iguela Lagoon-system and the roll it plays in
the greater loango ecosystem. On this tour you will have the possibility to see the
Iguela Hippo family and a good variety of birdlife. (Hammerkop, Goliath Heron, Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, African Skimmer, Royal Turn, Rosy bee eater, palm-nut vulture and more). Spend the last hour of the day on the beach and appreciate the sun setting over the Atlantic. Dinner at Loango Lodge.
Day 4: Yatouga Gorilla Research Camp
Today, you will depart Loango Lodge at around 08h00 am for a boat trip across the length of the iguela lagoon towards Akaka via the Yatouga Gorilla research camp. The yatouga Research camp is approximately 1 hr by boat from Loango Lodge. This project is the result of years and years of investment and hard work, which resulted in the first, properly habituated, lowland gorilla group in Gabon.
You will meet up with the research team and be given a briefing about the visit. After the briefing you will depart by boat and then enter the forest on foot following a team of Pygmy master-trackers whose daily task it is to track Kamaya, the western lowland gorilla silverback, and his family, including two youngsters. Once contact is made with the gorilla group, you will have the chance to observe them from close-up (often 10 – 15 meters). It is an incredible experience watching these great apes in their natural habitat doing what gorillas do for a living. After spending an unforgettable hour with the gorillas you will return to the researchers’ Yatouga Base Camp. At Yatouga you’ll have light refreshments, and a picnic lunch followed by a debriefing and questions and answers session about the research activities, thereafter you’ll continue towards Akaka.
Day 5: Akaka Camp-Petit Loango
Today you will depart early from Akaka for the hike to Petit Loango. This hike will take you through some of Gabon’s most pristine coastal forests. There is always a good chance to encounter the lesser-spotted species like Chimpanzee, Duiker or even Leopard. The hike is around 16 km and will take anything from 3 to 4 hours to complete. You’ll have lunch at Petit Loango and spend the afternoon exploring
Spending the night at the Petit Loango Fly camp is an unforgettable experience. Petit Loango is the place where the legendary Mike Fay ended his Mega Transect. Beautiful coastal forest, wild beaches and small lagoons is home to most of the forest animals with hippo sightings common.
Day 6: Petit Loango Camp-Akaka
You’ll have an early coffee/tea followed by breakfast at Petit Loango Camp before hiking back to the Akaka Region. You’ll be back at Akaka Camp for lunch with a bit of time to relax after lunch. Late afternoon your guide will invite you for yet another late afternoon excursion by boat.
Day 7: Louri Camp
Today, after breakfast, you will depart from this amazing part of Loango, Enjoy the early morning boat ride on the river and again across the lagoon. You will reach Louri Wilderness Camp at lunchtime and settle into your tent before going on an afternoon excursion exploring the Louri Area. This area offers many excursion options. Enjoy a boat ride in the afternoon (Louri is home to some enormous Nile
Crocodile – up to 5 meters!) and hop across to the beach for a sundowner. The Louri area is different and will give you the opportunity to take things a bit easier and soak up the incredible atmosphere.
Day 8: Louri Camp-Loango Lodge
Today, your guide will take you on an early morning hike in the Louri Area after which you will gather your bags and depart for Loango Lodge by road. (A hike is also an option back to the pick-up point close to Loango Lodge.) You’ll enjoy lunch at Loango and have the afternoon at leisure; your guide may propose another afternoon activity if you wish. Subject to the season and weather conditions, Whale
Watching will be offered as an additional excursion.
Day 9: Loango-Port Gentil-Libreville
This is your departure day and you’ll be served breakfast from 07h00 on and have time to prepare for your departure to Port Gentil and on to Libreville. Arrival in Port Genti, relaxing, waiting for the airplane time to Libreville, when arriving in Libreville, you will transfering to the hotel, and then back to the Aiport where you take your international plane back home.
- Visa assistance
- 3 meals/day
- Local transport
- Local flight
- Visa fee
- Gorilla permit fee (which has to be paid directly to the park)
- International flight
- Extra drinks
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