Overland tour to Gabon, Congo and DRC
Expedition in 4x4 truck of prospective character through Central Africa.
A unique adventure in which we will travel to Gabon, Congo Brazzaville and RD of Congo, exploring their jungles, visiting national parks, learning about their different cultures and ethnic groups and partying in two of the craziest and liveliest African capitals.
In this trip to Gabon, Congo and DRC, we will travel most of the way through remote and difficult tracks, where very few pass, and where the trips almost always become great adventures ... Which we love!
Are you ready for adventure?
Tour to Gabon, Congo and DRC - Highlights
Whales excursion, Gabon
Loango National Park, Gabon
Akaka jungle (Loango), Gabon
Gorillas, Loango National Park, Gabon
Bwiti Ceremony, Gabon
Hospital, Dr. Scheweitzer Museum, Gabon
Caves vists in Lastorville, Gabon
Waterfalls and liana bridge in Poubara, Gabon
Mandrills in the Lekedi Reserve, Gabon
Leconi Canyons, Gabon
Party in Brazzaville and Kinshasa, lively African cities, where you'll probably see the fascinating "Sapeurs", Congo and DR Congo.
Lac Bleu in Lesio Luna Nature Reserve, Congo
Masquerada Kebe - Kebe in Congo
Bonobos, Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, DR Congo
Our tour to Gabon "The last Eden"
The travel part in Gabon will be 17 days.
We start the trip in Libreville, capital of Gabon. From Libreville we will take a regular ferry of approximately 4 hours to Port Gentil where our overland truck waits.
That same afternoon, we will go in search of humpback whales. Between July and September in Gabon, there is one of the highest concentrations of whales known.
We continue our journey by our truck to Loango National Park. We will take a boat to reach the Akaka jungle, where we will spend two nights.
Akaka is one of the most wonderful places in Gabon. Walking we will explore the forest and in all probability we will meet elephants, buffaloes and crocodiles.
Optionally you can visit gorillas in Loango.
After enjoying two different coastal campsites, Enamino and Liambissi, our trip to Gabon continues to the interesting city of Lambarene.
In Lambarene we will stay for two nights at Dr. Scheweitzer Hospital and attend a Bwiti Mitsoko ceremony of the Mitsogo Ethnic group.
Bwiti. At night, by the light of torches, the initiates with their faces painted white sing traditional songs accompanied by the rhythms of the instruments while consuming iboba, an extremely powerful natural psychotropic, which brings them into contact with the world of spirits.
By bad roads and terrible tracks we will reach Lasturville, where we will go out to explore some of the natural caves in the environs.
The huge Lekedi reserve is one of the best places in Gabon to see mandrills.
Nearby are the waterfalls and the Poundara liana bridge, where we will spend the night.
In Franceville we will make a peculiar visit to an old ape laboratory and research centre, now converted into a tropical disease laboratory.
We will camp on top of canyons of Leconi, on our last night in Gabon, before entering in Congo and DRC.
Travel to Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo
We continued our journey in the Republic of Congo in the Cuvette region. It will take us three days to reach Brazzaville. On the way we will stop at Lac Bleu, and we will know its legend.
Brazzaville is situated on the banks of the Congo River, opposite Kinsasha. It is one of the quietest, smallest, cleanest and safest African capitals in contrast to the frenetic Kinsasha, a gigantic and chaotic city.
We will arrive right at the weekend gates in Brazzaville, which will also allow us to visit the rapids of the Congo River, the central market and visit some historic buildings of the capital, going out at night to night clubs where they usually meet the Sapeurs.
We will leave the truck in Brazzaville and take the local ferry to Kinsasha, where we will also go out to discover its markets and nightlife. Kinsasha is famous for being the African capital of partying.
From the capital of RDC we will travel to Lola ya Bonobo, the only bonobo sanctuary in the world, where we will spend the morning and have lunch. Again in Kinsasha we will ask about the areas where Sapeurs usually move to see them in action.
This trip isn't enough for you and you want to continue to Chad?
This trip can be combined with a transit route from Brazzaville to N'Djamena in Chad, through nothern Congo, Car and Cameroon. It will be a 19-day trip.
FULL EXPEDITION SUMMARY: GABON, CONGO, DRC, CAMEROON,CAR AND CHAD
Price 4.850€ + 1.150€ local payment
From Saturday, July 11, 2020 in Libreville, Gabon
To Sunday 23 August 2020 in N'Djamena, Chad
Duration 44 days