Dry Season Program: July, August, to mid-September
Arrive Libreville. You are met and transferred to hotel of your choice on a bed and breakfast basis. You have the rest of the day free in Libreville.
You are transferred to the airport for early departure to Port Gentil. You are met in POG and transferred by private boat to Omboue town, a three hour journey, followed by a short boat trip to Evengue Island. There are comfortable screened-in cottages here facing the water where you spend the night. Evengue Island is the site of a Western Lowland gorilla conservation program which focuses on caring for orphaned gorillas.
After an early breakfast, you will visit Sainte Anne's Mission by boat. Following your visit to the mission, continue by boat up the Mpivie River, a leisurely journey of one hour. Narrow, winding, and bounded by dense forest on either bank, this is a good opportunity to observe long-snouted crocodiles (also known as gavials) sunning themselves on half submerged logs. Much more difficult to spot are the manatees in this river. At the point where the Mpivie River ends, a vehicle waits to take you the rest of the way to the Loango Lodge on the Iguela Lagoon (also known as Fernan Vaz Lagoon.) After lunch and a rest at the lodge, you can take an afternoon game drive in Loango National Park or a boat trip around the lagoon.
Akaka is an important dry season destination in Loango National Park as this is where the wildlife migrates to find water. You are transferred to Akaka by boat, a three hour journey, where you will spend the next two nights. Akaka is a simple tented camp located in forest, your base for exploring this area on foot with the eco-guards.
It is also possible to walk from Loango Lodge to Akaka Camp. This is a 7 hour walk on fairly flat terrain, so only stamina is required. As in all of Loango's forests, you will encounter patches of flooded areas so strong rubber footwear likes Keenes or Tevas is recommended. You are accompanied by eco-guards. There are elephants, buffaloes, and less commonly, gorillas, in the forest so you must follow your guide's instructions at all times.
You remain at Akaka.
You return to Loango Lodge by boat today (or on foot) where you partake in any included lodge activity dependent upon what time you arrive. You might want to walk through Tchongorove village, just 5 minutes' walk from the lodge and where the primary school which educates 83 young students is supported by the lodge.
Today you return to Omboue by vehicle (40 minute drive) and take Loango Safaris private charter aircraft (seats eight) to Port Gentil airport. Here you connect with a return flight to Libreville, mid to late afternoon. You are met in Libreville and transferred to the hotel of your choice, on a bed and breakfast basis. If you have an international flight home which departs from 21:00 on tonight, it is possible to leave today and not spend the night in Libreville.
Today you depart for home