Gabon Journey to Moukalaba-Doudou


Gabon Journey to Moukalaba-Doudou

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 15 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Join the tour in Libreville

Arrive in Libreville. Transfer from the airport to the lodge. Your guide will meet everyone at the hotel for introductions, and a tour briefing. Overnight Tropicana Hotel, Libreville.

Day 2 – Drive to Lambaréné

After breakfast we leave for Lambaréné famous for its hospital founded by Albert Schweitzer in 1924 (www.schweitzerlambarene.org/). Parts of this river-island city are divided by water and united by bridges and pirogues. After lunch we visit the hospital and museum. We stay overnight at the hospital in its hotel. Overnight Schweitzer Hospital Hotel. (BLD)

Day 3 - Lake Oguemoué and Community Project

Today we travel to Tsam Tsam and meet with staff from a local community project, OELO (Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué). Activities for visitors to the project are led by the community and include guided forest hikes, night safaris by boat, canoe trips by dug-out pirogue, village visits, and evenings of traditional music. Our accommodation for the night will be on secluded platforms with tents and mattresses in idyllic locations overlooking Lake Oguemoué and the forest. Overnight tented camp, Lake Oguemoué. (BLD)

Day 4 - Lake Oguemoué and Community Project

A full day at Tsam Tsam to enjoy the various activities by this excellent community project. Overnight tented camp, Lake Oguemoué. (BLD)

Day 5 – Lope National Park

Today we return to Lambaréné from where we continue to one of Gabon’s best known national parks, Lope. Although visitor numbers to Lope over the last few years have dropped we believe it is worth a visit. Our chances of seeing wildlife will increase as we travel further into the forest to the remote Mikongo Camp (see below). Overnight Lope Hotel. (BLD)

Day 6 – Mikongo Camp

After breakfast we travel by 4x4, about two hours to reach the Mikongo Camp. The camp is so deep in the forest that there is a good chance of seeing wildlife. During our two night stay we will track wildlife including elephants and mandrills. If we are lucky we may see primates, but the chances of seeing gorillas are said to be greater at Moukalaba-Doudou National Park which we will visit later in the tour. Overnight in basic bungalows at Mikongo Camp. (BLD)

Day 7 – Mikongo Camp

A full day for tracking wildlife and excursions led by resident guides. Overnight in basic bungalows at Mikongo Camp. (BLD)

Day 8 – Train to Libreville

After breakfast we return to the Lope Hotel, where we will have the afternoon to rest. After dinner we will take the overnight Transgabonais train to Libreville arriving early the next morning. As sleeping compartments are not provided on the train we will travel in comfortable seats which recline. (BLD)

Day 9 – Libreville

After arrival at the station we will be transferred to our hotel, arriving in time for breakfast. This morning there will be time to relax after the overnight journey, followed by lunch. In the afternoon we will enjoy a city tour, visiting some of Libreville’s markets and seeing some of the remaining examples of early colonial architecture. Overnight Tropicana Hotel, Libreville. (BLD)

Day 10 – Tchibanga

Today we travel south to Nyanga Province and to its capital, Tchibanga. We will be on the road for most of the day to cover the 700km from Libreville, but stops will be made along the way, including a break for lunch in Ndjolé. The reward for our day on the road will be the opportunity to visit Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, located just a couple of hours from Tchibanga. Overnight Modoboti Hotel, Tchibanga. (BL)

Day 11 - Moukalaba-Doudou National Park

After breakfast we travel about 2 hours to reach Gabon’s third-largest national park, Moukalaba-Doudou, a rugged area with a diverse range of habitats, from tropical rainforest and grassy savannahs to papyrus swamps. With an estimated population of almost 5,000 chimpanzees and gorillas, Moukalaba-Doudou has some of the highest densities of primates in Gabon, making it one of the country’s most promising gorilla tourism sites. The park is also a remarkable area for birders. We spend the afternoon on our first excursion tracking wildlife. Overnight in basic bungalows at Mbani Camp, Moukalaba-Doudou National Park. (BLD)

Days 12 and 13 - Moukalaba-Doudou National Park

We have two full days to enjoy Moukalaba-Doudou, with probably the best opportunity of any park in Gabon of seeing wildlife including gorillas, elephants, chimpanzees and buffaloes. Even though there is much to be positive about, travellers to Gabon must be prepared for challenging conditions and understand that no guarantees can be given that the wildlife mentioned in this itinerary will be seen. Overnight in basic bungalows at Mbani Camp. Moukalaba-Doudou National Park. (BLD)

Day 14 - Moukalaba-Doudou National Park to Libreville

After breakfast we return to Tchibanga and head back to Libreville. As with the journey down to Moukalaba-Doudou this is a long and tiring day, with many miles to cover. Arrival in Libreville will be in the evening in time for dinner. Overnight Tropicana Hotel, Libreville. (BLD)

Day 15 – Tour ends in Libreville

A free day in Libreville to relax or to explore the city on your own. In the evening you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure. (BLD)