Cultural Tour of Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congooffered by supplier M21231 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Gabon Democratic Republic of the Congo
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5965 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6440 US Dollar (USD)
Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo offer many highlights for the adventurous traveler, while being immersed in the enthralling culture of the people. Visit the only Bonobo sanctuary in the world, learn about the cultures of many villages as you witness the rituals and traditions of the people. And, take part in the everyday life of the villagers.
Day 1: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Arrive Kinshasa; meet assist and transfer to Hotel. Meal(s) Included: No. Overnight at Grand Hotel Kinshasa or similar.
Day 2: Kinshasa. After breakfast, your full day tour of Kinshasa begins. Highlights will include:
- Memorial of the former DRC president Kabila, the statue of Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister
- Kinkole, a fishermen village, and will visit the local market.
- Rapids of Kinsuka.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight at Grand Hotel Kinshasa or similar.
Day 3: Kinshasa. After breakfast, take a cruise on the river to visit a Congolese village in Mangengenge where you will be received by the Chief. Afterwards enjoy lunch and a tour of the village. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight at Grand Hotel Kinshasa or similar.
Day 4: Kinshasa-Chute De Lukaya-Bonobo Sanctuary. After breakfast go on a tour of the Bonobo Sanctuary, a haven for abandoned Bonobos, and the first of its kind. Afterwards visit the Symphonie des art. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight at Grand Hotel Kinshasa or similar.
Day 5: Kinshasa - Libreville. After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Gabon; meet assist and transfer to hotel. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight at Le Meridien Re-Ndama Hotel Libreville or similar.
Day 6: Libreville. After breakfast, begin your full day tour of Libreville. Take a morning stroll along the waterfront, noting the folk art sculptures along the walkway. Visit the Musée des Arts et Traditions; learn about Gabon tribal culture and in the evening visit the popular Louis Quarter where you can sample the city's stylish clubs, restaurants and bars. Or you can visit Pointe Denis, which is easily accessible by a short boat ride and is a resort island with some of the area's best beaches. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight at Le Meridien Re-Ndama Hotel Libreville or similar.
Day 7: Village of Cap Esterias - Bwiti Ceremony. After breakfast, transfer to the fishermen village of Cap Esterias. You will have the opportunity to attend and assist in the preparation of a Mayaya ceremony which occurs that night. Meet with the traditional healers of the village and venture into the Mondah forest to collect healing plants and barks.
You will be shown how the traditional torches are made among other things. Sit with initiates in what is called “the Bwenze” (the place where the traditional treatments are prepared) and assist in everything that is allowed for a non-initiate. The ceremony will start around 10:30 pm with a speech and lecture, afterwards the ceremonial songs start followed by dancing which lasts until the sun rises. There is no sleep this night. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 8: Village of Cap Esterias - Libreville. The Dancing must stop at sun rise and is followed by a blessing ritual; afterwards transfer to hotel for some much needed sleep. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast. Overnight at Le Meridien Re-Ndama Hotel Libreville or similar.
Day 9: Invindo National Park. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Ivindo National Park. Visit the surrounding Ba’Aka pygmy villages in the afternoon. Dinner is in the local Pao Rosa Restaurant. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 10: Ivindo National Park. After breakfast, transfer by pirogue to Mekob village. For day 5 and day 6, you will be sharing in the everyday life of traditional fishing, hunting, hut building, cooking, and traditional healing of Ba’Aka pygmees. Nowadays, pygmees wear jeans but their knowledge of the forest is still irreplaceable. They will reveal to you a few secrets of the rainforest. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 11: Invindo National Park - Libreville. After breakfast, begin another full day in the village. Around 4 pm, transfer to Booué by car, and from Booué to Libreville by train. Arrive at Booue at night to catch your train, which should depart around midnight. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch. Overnight at Le Meridien Re-Ndama Hotel Libreville or similar.
Day 12: Libreville - Departure. Arrival Libreville; meet assist and transfer to Hotel. Evening transfer to airport for your flight back home. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast.
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Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Meeting and assistance at the airport
- Airport to hotel transfer
- Accommodation in the properties listed
- Meals indicated
- Entrance fees to sites and events
- All ground transportation
- Experienced Tour Guide
- Farewell dinner in Addis with traditional music.
- Inter Africa between Kinshasa and Libreville
- International Airfare
- Cost of visa
- Meals not listed.
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