Gabon, el paraíso virgen tropical


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Gabon, el paraíso virgen tropical

¿Quieres visitar un destino exótico tropical pero relativamente subdesarrollado? ¿Crees que el turismo bien gestionado es la clave para proteger y mantener los delicados ecosistemas naturales, la diversidad cultural y las tradiciones? Únete a nuestro viaje por las tierras de los amantes de la natura y los Parques Naturales y visita el país donde el 80% del territorio es rico en vida salvaje y se encuentra virgen de turistas.

Gabon is a natural paradise little known by the Western traveller. The ‘jewel in the crown’ of Gabon’s natural park’s is Loango National Park, where there’s almost no humans living around the park and wild animals lives protected by the rivers surrounding this natural part of Central Africa. The traveller can easily spot big mammals such as the forest elephant, red forest buffalo, red river hogs with furry ears, sitatungas, duikers, and a variety of monkeys, a huge array of birds, western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees. We will also visit Lope National Park with the most beautiful landscape of Gabon and have the chance to see Mandrills and other wildlife.

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Descripción del itinerario

¿Quieres visitar un destino exótico tropical pero relativamente subdesarrollado? ¿Crees que el turismo bien gestionado es la clave para proteger y mantener los delicados ecosistemas naturales, la diversidad cultural y las tradiciones? Únete a nuestro viaje por las tierras de los amantes de la natura y los Parques Naturales y visita el país donde el 80% del territorio es rico en vida salvaje y se encuentra virgen de turistas.

Gabon is a natural paradise little known by the Western traveller. The ‘jewel in the crown’ of Gabon’s natural park’s is Loango National Park, where there’s almost no humans living around the park and wild animals lives protected by the rivers surrounding this natural part of Central Africa. The traveller can easily spot big mammals such as the forest elephant, red forest buffalo, red river hogs with furry ears, sitatungas, duikers, and a variety of monkeys, a huge array of birds, western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees. We will also visit Lope National Park with the most beautiful landscape of Gabon and have the chance to see Mandrills and other wildlife.

Día 1. SPAIN – LIBREVILLE (B)
Descripción:

Arrival in Libreville where the guide will be expecting the travellers at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in: Hotel Onomo or similar.


Día 2. LIBREVILLE-Night train to LOPE village (B)
Descripción:

City tour (National museum of arts and traditions, Saint Michel church, painters and wood sculptor’s workshops, etc.). Lunch in a good restaurant with Gabon meals and departure to the train station at 02:30 pm. The departure is at 05:30 pm and we will reach to Lope around 01:00 am. Transfer to Lope hotel.


Día 3. LOPE NATIONAL PARK (B)
Descripción:

Visit to Lope National Park with amazing landscapes and a mosaic of savannas, forests and mountains. Possibility to observe forest elephants, buffaloes, mandrills, black colobus satanas, endemic birds, etc. Accommodation in: Lope Hotel.


Día 4. LOPE NATIONAL PARK (B)
Descripción:

Visit to Lope National Park with amazing landscapes and a mosaic of savannas, forests and mountains. Possibility to observe forest elephants, buffaloes, mandrills, black colobus satanas, endemic birds, etc. Accommodation in: Lope Hotel.


Día 5. LOPE NATIONAL PARK (B)
Descripción:

Visit to Lope National Park. Night transfer to the train station for the Ndjole train. Accommodation in: Lope Hotel (room available until 11 or 12 pm -the time for the transfer to the train station).


Día 6. NDJOLE-LAMBARENE (B)
Descripción:

Arrival in Ndjole at 04:00 am approx. and continue the trip (2h30). Our objective is the colonial town of Lambarené, a river island town famous for its many natural lakes with several endemic bird and fish species and the Albert Schweitzer Hospital and Museum. This unique hospital was established in 1913 by German Doctor Albert Schweitzer. Its Medical Research Unit is one of the leading scientific institutions in Africa working to end the scourge of malaria, and also serves as a highly-regarded training site for African physicians and scientists. We will visit the hospital, the house (now museum) of Albert Schweitzer and its beautiful natural surroundings. Accommodation in: Albert Schweitzer Hospital Guestrooms.


Día 7. LAMBARENE – OGOOUE RIVER – OMBOUE – LOANGO (B)
Descripción:

Breakfast and speed boat trip with a motor boat to Omboué town along the Ogooué River. The trip lasts around 5-6h and it is just amazing. The traveler gets a real feeling of how the first explorers felt navigating along the Africa tropical rivers. We will reach to Omboue and drive (1h20min) to the Iguela Lagoon, in the Loango National Park. Accomodation in Iguela Lagoon Tended Camp (or Akaka Tended Camp).


Día 8. LOANGO NATIONAL PARK (B)
Descripción:

Breakfast and exploration of the Park, by boat and foot. The eco-system at Loango is one of the richest and most complex in Central Africa: here, we find mangroves, beaches, river forest, Congolese forest and inland forest with huge trees, and even tropical meadows… A true mosaic of landscapes with breathtaking vegetation and wildlife. The traveler can easily spot big mammals such as the forest elephant, red forest buffalo, red river hogs with furry ears, hippos, etc. Inside the park’s lagoons it is possible to observe the slender snouted crocodiles, sitatungas, duikers, a variety of monkeys, a huge array of birds, western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, etc.

The first day we will visit the recently opened habituated Gorillas project of Loango and continue to the Akaka River for wildlife. Accommodation in Akaka Camp.


Día 9. LOANGO NATIONAL PARK (B)
Descripción:

Breakfast, exploration in Akaka and return to the Iguela lagoon (those who didn’t do the Gorillas the first day, they will do this day). Late afternoon boat trip to the lagoon mouth to look for hippos, monkeys, birds, etc. Possible night boat safari for crocodiles and others. Accommodation in Iguela Lagoon Tended Camp.


Día 10. LOANGO - PORT GENTIL – LIBREVILLE (B)
Descripción:

Breakfast and departure to Port Gentil (4h with 4x4), Gabon’s economic capital. Arrival and transfer to the airport. 35 min flight to Libreville at 6:30 pm. Evening flight back home. HB (simple picnic lunch or brunch before Loango departure).

Please note that is possible to arrive on time for the evening flight back home (for example: Air France departure is at 22:00). National flight is almost always on time, but to avoid risks, is probably better to sleep one night in Libreville and do the international flight departure the next day. Please let us know if a client need extra accommodation and airport transfers in Libreville.

  INCLUYE:

- Travel insurance and cancellation policy (obligatory to send before arrival)

- Transport during the whole trip (cars and/or minibus, train, 4x4, speed boat, airplane)

- Fuel, drivers and local guides

- English speaking guide

- Mandrills project special entry

- Specialist guide for Mandrills in Lope

- Speed boat for the transfer Lambarene-Omboue.

- Accommodation with breakfast

- Full Board where indicated (Full Board with drinks -softs, beer, house wine, gin- in Loango Lodge

- Daily excursions, visits and entries to Lope and Loango National Park

- Regular Flight Port Gentil-Libreville

- Habituated Gorillas special entry (to be paid on spot in cash): 550 euro

  NO INCLUYE:

- Meals and drinks that are not specified on the program (Libreville and Lope)

- Tourist visa (possible to apply in Embassy or we can do Authorization to Enter in Gabon for 150 euros + pay 70 euros cash to the airport police; or is also possible to try E-Visa with our info –never try without our info)

- International flights*

*ATENTION: Please contact us with time so we can provide the best prices for your favorite time and date of departure from your preferred closest airport.

IMPORTANT NOTES

- Gabon is a very special country in all senses. It’s a natural paradise with 88% of forest, almost 900 km. of uninterrupted virgin coast, with only 1’5 million people and the only country where the forest elephant population is growing. But is also an oil country, very expensive, with almost everything imported (even food) with high duty taxes, with almost no roads; a country where is very difficult to organize touristic trips and where the traveler needs to come with a lot of patience for the train stations in the middle of the night, and also patience for the restaurants and hotel services, etc. We use the trains because we want to avoid risks in the bad roads and also to win time (better to travel by train in the night than do very long hard road day trips). Also the speed boat transfer in the Ogooue river, from Lambarene to Omboue, is long (5-6h approx.), but is the best option, and is also a very nice trip where is possible to see hippos and birds. All accommodations are very well situated in natural places. Please explain very well to your clients before they book the tour: is an amazing and unique trip, but you need a lot of patience and you have to be ready for this.

Mandrills project: from 60 to 69 years old you need to provide (before arrival) a medical certificate (just saying that you are in healthy conditions to do a safari trip), but even if the client have more than 69 but is in healthy conditions, can come to the trip with the medical certificate.

- If the client wants to arrive earlier, please let us know and we will book for you the extra accommodation and airport transfers.

- It is also possible to add an extension to Pongara National Park (wildlife, nice lodge, amazing wild and paradisiac beach) or to another neighboring country such as Cameroon, the islands Sao Tome & Principe or any other Central Africa country.

- Visits and excursions order may be modified according with local conditions.

- Travel with a single “soft” suitcase, not a big a rigid one, and one backpack.

- Compulsory vaccinations: Yellow fever

- Trip expenses: traveler can change into local coin in the capital around 300 € for drinks and not included meals.

- We recommend bringing a shower cap, torch, and solar cream, long and short clothes (dark clothes for the forest).

- Services codes: breakfast + accommodation (BB), half board (HB), full board (FB)

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