Expedition overland through central Africa with a prospective part. A unique journey with the seal of Kumakonda, in which we will travel to Gabon and Congo Brazzaville, through their jungles, visiting National Parks and discovering their different cultures and ethnic groups.
In this overland trip to Gabon and Congo we will travel most of the journey through remote and difficult dirt roads, where very few pass, and where travel almost always become great adventures ... Are you ready for adventure?
Overland tour to Gabon and Congo - Highlights
- Party in Brazzaville, one of the most animated African cities where we will probably see the fascinating "Sapeurs".
- Lefini Reserve, Congo
- Lesio Luna Nature Reserve and visit to gorillas, Congo
- Masquerada Beke - Beke in Congo
- Camping next to the canyons of Leconi, Gabon
- We will attend a Bwiti ceremony, Gabon
- Lope National Park, Gabon
- Ivindo National Park, with a 3 day sailing route and a visit to Kongou Falls, Gabon
Bwiti Ceremony, discovering Gabon
In this part of the tour to Gabon we will attend a bwiti initiation ceremony. A common practice in much of the country that is part of everyday life.
Very few people in Gabon doubt the effectiveness of iboga, an extremely powerful natural psychotropic, forbidden in many countries and which makes people who consume it come into contact with "the world of spirits".
At night, by the light of torches, the initiates with their faces painted white sing traditional songs accompanied by the rhythms of traditional instruments.
Lope National Park
We continue our trip to Gabon this time visiting Lope National Park. The landscapes of Lope are a mixture of tropical forests and savannas with tall herbs. We will go out to visit the park in 4X4.
Some of the mammal species that Lope is home to include the forest elephant, the plain gorilla, the chimpanzee, the mandrill or the forest buffalo.
Optionally it is possible to obtain a permit for the visit of the baboons (250€).
Ivindo National Park and Kongou Falls
Through dirt tracks we continue our journey towards Makokou, in the north of Gabon.
Kongou Falls are located on the Ivindo River, inside the Ivindo National Park. These falls are 45 kilometres downstream from Makokou town and are possibly the most spectacular waterfalls in Central Africa.
These waterfalls extend for almost 3 kilometers and have several gorges.
To visit Kongou Falls we will have to canoe the river for 4 hours.
The waters of Ivindo flow slowly between the two walls of the virgin forest: the crossing of different types of forest offers a unique navigation experience in one of the last African rivers not colonized by man. Along the way we will be able to observe many species of birds and hopefully meet some elephant in the forest. We will sleep in the Kongou camp, next to the waterfalls, which will allow us to live the exceptional experience of a night in the primary equatorial forest.