Gabon Africas Eden 2020

TOUR DETAILS
TOUR DATES
16 April 2020 - 23 April 2020 Space available

Have you ever dreamed of a place where it is still possible to experience the rhythms of equatorial Africa in its most primitive state, a place completely lost in time, a place where you can see with vivid clarity just how it all once was? 

Loango National Park is that dream. Many nature lovers well acquainted with the African continent consider Gabon a rare and exotic tropical gem and tourism here still remains relatively undeveloped. Wildlife rich forests cover 70% of Gabon’s landmass, its vast picturesque coastline is predominantly wild and unspoiled, and its inland and coastal waters teem with myriad species of fish, reptiles and marine mammals.

The naturalist Mike Fay has referred to Loango, one of Gabons thirteen national parks, as ‘Africa’s Last Eden’. This is also where the photographer and conservationist Nick Nichols from National Geographic took his famous pictures of surfing hippos and elephants on the beach.

But besides hippos there’s plenty more to discover in the rain forests and waters, for Gabon is home to forest elephants and western lowland gorillas.

 

 

Visiting the habituated gorillas in Loango National Park is a unique experience. Unlike other parks with gorillas, here the tourist groups are small and exclusive, allowing for intimate viewing like no other place in Africa. These experiences will allow you to get some amazing images whilst in the forests.

Beyond Gorillas, you can expect excellent forest elephant, boat cruises to see amazing forest birdlife, an amazing amount of antelope species, forest buffalo and also the possibility of hippopotamus on the beaches! 

Come and join us on this photographic adventure, where the experience of being in one of Africa’s most beautiful Gems is as much of a thrill as attaining some unique and wonderful photographs.

 

WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLAS

Western gorillas are critically endangered as they face major threats of poaching, habitat loss, and risk of disease.  Research and tourism work hand-in-hand to increase our knowledge about gorillas and contribute to their conservation.

The gorillas move through the forest in an unpredictable way so we cannot know in advance exactly where we will find them. Therefore, it may take several hours of hiking before you see the gorillas. Hiking in the forest is likely to include walking through mud, small streams, and swamps so expect to get wet and muddy. It is necessary to be physically fit to visit the gorillas. 

 

 

About your host, Isak Pretorius

Isak was born to be a photographer, but before he discovered this, he became an engineer. Once he picked up a camera, his engineering career came to an end and Isak has now established himself as one of the top bird photographers in Africa. The benefit of his engineering training is his flawless technical knowledge of camera systems and the post processing software that accompanies them.

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Day 1 - 7

Loango Lodge, Loango National Park.

Arrive at Libreville International Airport, Gabon. You will make your way to your charter flight leaving no later that 15H00. On your arrival at Port Gentil Airport, you will be met by a Loango Lodge representative who will transfer you to camp by road for your 7 nights stay. 


GORILLA TRACKING

You will spend time tracking a group of Western Lowland Gorillas. Western Lowland gorillas can be distinguished from other gorilla sub-species by their slightly smaller size, their brown-grey coats and auburn chests. They also have wider skulls with more pronounced brow ridges and smaller ears. 

Tourist visits in Loango are limited to one group of 4 people per day, three days per week.  We maintain a minimum distance of 7m between the gorillas and people at all times. These rules are designed to minimize the impact that humans have on the gorillas. The gorillas move through the forest in an unpredictable way.

 

 

Day 7

International flight

After breakfast on your last morning you will be transferred back to Port Gentil Airport in time for your charter flight  (leaving no later than 14H00) back to Libreville International Airport. This is the end of the safari.

 

Loango Lodge

Loango Lodge, set on the Iguela Lagoon opposite Loango National Park, offers you comfortable bungalows and suites, a river view restaurant, swimming pool and conference center. This is the perfect starting point to explore the various highlights of Loango National Park.

 

$7 250.00 price per sharing person

$8 700.00 price per single person

30% deposit confirms your booking. Balance payable 8 weeks prior to your departure.

Maximum of 8 clients and a minimum of 5 clients.

 

The above costs include

  • Pickup and transport for the entire Safari and drop off at your destination.
  • Entrance and accommodation to all reserves.
  • All meals.
  • Game activities.
  • 1 x Gorilla tracking permit.
  • The services of our photo guide: Isak Pretorius.
  • Internal flight: Libreville Airport - Port Gentil airport (return)

 

Costs not included

  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • International Flights.
  • Extra activities not included.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.

 


Day 1

Arrive at Libreville International Airport, Gabon. You will make your way to your charter flight leaving no later that 15H00. On your arrival at Port Gentil Airport, you will be met by a Loango Lodge representative who will transfer you to camp by road for your 7 nights stay.

Day 7

After breakfast on your last morning you will be transferred back to Port Gentil Airport in time for your charter flight  (leaving no later than 14H00) back to Libreville International Airport. This is the end of the safari.

 
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