GABON FOREST ADVENTURE-KONGOU FALLS & LANGOUE BAI – 10 Day
Gabon provides a wonderful variety of rare plants as well as an incredibly great multitude of orchids. Many places such as the Monts de Cristal or the Monts Doudou happened to be the refuges of several plants in the ice age and up to now searchers continue to discover unfamiliar plant species.
The latest discovery of a brand new Bai (a clearing within the forest in which animals visit to drink and lick the mineral salts) was at Langoue and offers an opportunity to view wild animals from elevated platforms (miradors) higher than the forest, and to talk with the researchers, similar to two renowned areas inside Congo, Ndoki plus Odzala.
The safari below is an adventure, on foot, by boat, and in a 4WD vehicle. Guests must be ready to walk in the hot and humid conditions. It does even so get deep in to the center of the forest, and provides an exceptional area.
This safari can be conducted any season of the year, other than Mid August to end October. This safari can be conducted for a maximum of six guests because of the minimal accommodation offered at Langoue
Includes: all meals during the safari, Transport, local guides services and John Addison or any similar, all the park fees, flight from Libreville to Makoukou.
Excludes: Flights to and from LBV, insurance, visas, items not described and tips etc.
Prices are offered on request.
Day 1 – Friday – on arrival at Libreville you will be met and driven to Tropicana by your driver and there you will spend the night. BB Tropicana is a small, basic hotel, found on the beach near the airport. Its Rooms have showers and air conditioning. There are Straw huts along the beach plus a great restaurant.
Day 2 – Saturday catch a Flight to Makoukouand there you will take board motorized pirogue for a 2 hour trip along River Ivindo, to the stunning Kongou Falls. You will certainly be deep inside the newly announced Ivindo National Park, and there you will view some primates and elephants among others. Spend the night in comfortable wood cabins inside the forest.
Day 3 – Sunday – Explore the area by boat and on foot.
Day 4 – Monday – We leave early for a trek in the forest up to Langoue Bai. You will walk for 45 minutes, a head of pirogue downstream for one hour. From there you will get into a 4WD vehicle for a 2 hour drive following the forest tracks, later have a three hour hike up to Langoue, where you will stay in a basic tented camp close to the research camp. This basic accommodation offers shared tents having bedding, plus shared shower (or you could opt to wash in the nearby river) plus a toilet. This will be a long day, however you will come across various wild animals plus primates, and a diversity of birds all living in this virgin forest.
Day 5-7: Tuesday to Thursday – today’s activities will begin with an early breakfast then an hour walk in the forest up to Langoue Bai, where and there you will spend the rest of the day observing wild animals from the elevated platforms with a packed picnic lunch. Return to your camp in the evening, for dinner and the overnight.
Day 8 – Friday – hike from the park, Three hours, and there you will be met by a WCS vehicle which will drive to the railway station. You will wait for your train at the researchers’ house. Overnight will be on the train. (Saturday 0100 to 0830).
Day 9 – Saturday – you will spend the entire day at Tropicana, where you will enjoy your last dinner (at your own expense)
Day 10 – Sunday – drive to the airport for your departure flight.