On this 9 Days Gabon Gorilla Safari, you will trek gorillas and see wildlife in Gabon. Trekking Western Lowland Gorillas in Gabon is done in Loango National Park a national park found in western Gabon. It protects diverse coastal habitats, the only significant example of a typical western African lagoon system that is protected within a national park home to various mammals and lowland gorillas.
Highlights of the 9 Days Gabon Gorilla Safari
Tour itinerary for 9 Days Gabon Gorilla Safari
Day 1 – Libreville Radisson Blue Okoume Palace Hotel
Upon arrival at the Leon Mba International airport in Libreville, you will be welcomed by our staff members after immigration formalities and immediately ushered to your private car for a 25-minute hotel transfer. Check-in, dinner and overnight at Radisson Okoume Blu Palace
Day 2 – Libreville – Port Gentil – Loango National Park Ndola Lodge
Early flight to Port Gentil from where we board a 4WD for a 4hrs drive to Loango via Liambisi. As we reach at mid-day, if we are left with enough energy, we will go for a forest walk in the Loango National Park for a game drive. Overnight at Ndola Lodge
Day 3 –Loango NP: Ndola – Yatouga – Ndola Ndola Lodge
After breakfast, we leave Ndola and board a powered canoe for a 2h voyage to the Yatouga Research camp, the point of departure for a rewarding Gorilla safari. Yatouga Forest harbors a good number of Western Lowland Gorilla, of which there a sizeable group habituated Gorilla family that offers 95% chances of encounter. During the wet season, Gorilla tracking is somehow easier as the apes don’t have to roam too far to fetch for food and drinks, therefore, the Gorilla safari may take anyway from 45min – 1.5h before we meet the group. We will be allowed to spend an hour in their close vicinity, observing their way of life, social interaction, mating, feeding, and familial system. Later on, we trek back to the research camp for refreshment and immediately board our canoe and sail further south of the Loango National Park. This water navigation will take another hour or so and will lead us to Akaka Forest, a remote section of the park that hosts a pristine rainforest teeming with wildlife, especially during the dry season. It’s recommended to visit during the dry season. However, even during the wet season in Akaka when the water level is high, big mammals are rare but bugs/flies/midges fly everywhere, it is still rewarding to sail along this untouched forest as we have great chances to spot some small mammals including Red River Hogs, Water Antelopes like Bongo and Sitatunga, Blue Duiker and many bird species. In the afternoon, we sail back to Ndola lodge for a well-deserved dinner. Overnight in Ndola Lodge
Day 4 – Ndola – Louri Louri Wilderness Camp
This morning we go for a game drive in Loango National Park. This drive within the park will enable us encounter a wide range of wildlife species for which Loango National Park is famous for. This includes Dwarf Buffaloes, Red River Hog, Forest Elephants, Sitatunga, Western Lowland Gorilla, Chimpanzee, and a wide range of avian life. We may also drive across an incredibly rich plants species and gigantic trees where many monkey species skip from one tree to other in quest of fruits. We will spend the morning in this game drive after which we return to the Lodge for lunch. After lunch, we leave Ndola Lodge and drive for Louri, a section of the park where you have chances to spot a wide selection of wildlife as well. The drive to Louri is quite short and depends on the means of transportation to access this part of the park:
By boat, the first option is to sail the main Lagoon for about half an hour to get there.
By road, we may need a 4wd for a 1-hour drive across the forest, with renewed chances to encounter wildlife.
By boat and road, you will first sail the Louri Lagoon for about 30 minutes and then reach a small harbor where you disembark and board a 4WD that will bring you to Louri Wilderness Camp after approximately half an hour drive.
Regardless of the mode of transportation used to access Louri, we will be experiencing a rewarding safari trip rather than just a transfer. Around the period of March, the safari experience is impressive here, with wide chances to encounter animals surfing on the beach including Hippopotamus, Gorilla, Elephants, and others. Overnight at Louri Wilderness Camp
Day 5 – Louri – Ndola Ndola Lodge
We spend the day exploring Louri, the savannah part of the park. It harbors a large variety of wildlife and is the place where you have great chances to spot the “surfing hippos” for which Loango National Park is world renown for.
Louri Wilderness Camp is one of the still functioning satellite camps within Loango National Park. It is a small intimate tented camp with each tent built on a stilt platform overlooking the Louri Lagoon. Your stay here will give you the sensation of deep immersion into the secrets of a nature where tranquility is only disturbed by the churning of waters, the breeze of the forest, the trumpets of animals or the chirp of birds.
In the afternoon, we make our way back to Ndola that lays not from Louri. Overnight in Ndola Lodge
Day 6 – Ndola – Port Gentil – Libreville Radisson Blue Okoume Palace Hotel
In the morning we go for our last exploration of Loango National Park. We may go for a forest hike in the coastal forest with the hope to spot wildlife and then return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, we board our car and drive for Port Gentil via Liambissi, expecting to reach Port Gentil in the evening. Once in Port Gentil, we drive to the airport in readiness for the domestic flight to Libreville which we attain after 30mn flight. From Libreville airport, you will be welcome and transferred to the hotel for the night. Overnight at Radisson Okoume Palace Hotel
Day 7 : Libreville – Lola Bae des Tortues
We leave the hotel this day at 8 am and drive to the Michel marina where we board the boat and go for a 30 min transfer to La Baie Des Tortues Luth, an exclusive resort flanked on the ocean right inside the Pongara National Park. We will spend the entire day here and during our stay, we have an array of highlights that range from game drive in the park with buggy bike to many other leisure that can be available in a beach resort. Wildlife in the forest includes encounter with Dwarf Buffalo, Forest Elephant, antelopes, birds, and others. In the afternoon, visit fisherman communities and attend fishing experiences while learning about their culture and daily lives. By 4pm, the boat leaves for Libreville which is attainable after about 20 minutes and from the pier, you are transferred to the hotel for dinner and airport transfer.
Day 8 : Libreville experience
A former French colony, Libreville is one of the smallest cities in central Africa replete with French colonial relics in the form of architecture, language, town planning and even people habit in the daily life course of life. The city is strategically settled along the ocean, stretching its 20km over white sandy beach fringed with coconut trees as far as eyes can see.
With the discovery of oil in the early 70’s, the city has greatly modernized itself thanks to forestry, manganese and petroleum money among others. It is a small port city that doesn’t attract many leisure tourists, but if does welcome more business visitors. There are however few interesting highlights to experience during our city tour; this includes: the people with their daily life in Libbreville, The Church of St Michel, the St Mary Cathedral, the Art and Tradition Museum, Mont Bouet and Nombakele, the mosque, the central market, the Angondje Stadium,… In the afternoon, go for a Bwiti ceremony in Bolokoboué in the Cape Esteria Region and return in the evening.
Day 9 : Libreville – Return flight
Spend the morning unwinding before your long trip scheduled in the evening. Checkout from your hotel in the afternoon an proceed to the airport for (Air France flight tonight)
END OF THE TRIP
The price of the package per person including 8 nights and 9 days is;
11000 US$ per person for 1 person.
10000 US$ per person for 2 persons.
9500 US$ per person for 3 persons.
9000 US$ per person for 4 persons.
8500 US$ per person for 5 persons.
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