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IVINDO ADVENTURE

A seven-day tour including the marvellous Kongou waterfalls, the largest of Central Africa and the famous Langoué bai. Because of the tough conditions, this tour is limited to robust nature lovers.

Day 1 Wednesday:  At midday, fly to Makokou. You will be welcomed by the staff of the Figet organisation, in charge of the Waterfalls program and will immediately travel down the Ivindo river on a motorized pirogue. A 3 hours trip will bring you to the Kongou camp for dinner.

Day 2 Thursday:  Visit the waterfalls area in pirogue and by foot. These enormous waterfalls cover a huge area with numerous arms and mammals can be seen around and on the banks.

Day 3 Friday:  A pirogue trip then an hour walk brings you to the meeting point where the WCS staff in charge of Langoué will pick you up. 1 hour and a half drive followed by 3 hours hard walk are needed to reach the researcher camp. . Everyone has to carry his bag which is alright for anybody well fitted, especially following the pack-list guideline recommended. The way usually gives the opportunity to see birds and monkeys, sometimes elephants and buffalos. In the afternoon, rest or walk around the camp discovering this untouched and beautiful primary rain forest.

Day 4 Saturday:  Early morning, walk 1 hour and a half to reach the bai. Hides on platforms allow to observe what is happening in front. The show can start immediately or one can seat quietly some hours before mammals come. But everyday, something happens. Sitatungas, buffalos and birds are visiting the whole year around. Daily presence of elephants is 90% and gorillas 60% year around.
The bai is rather quiet from mid August till October. From November to March, solitaire gorillas visit the place and the groups (usually families with juveniles) from April till mid-August.

Day 5 Sunday and Day 6 Monday:  visit everyday the bai and enjoy the observations. It is also possible to walk around with a guide spotting chimps and other monkeys around. From march 2005, a night on the platform will be organised. This is an exceptional experience as the place is also visited by elephants during the night.

Day 7 Tuesday:  a last visit to the bai and after lunch, proceed back to the train station. Have dinner at the house and wait for the night train which leaves Ivindo at around 1h00 for la Lopé or Libreville.

Hotels, lodges and camps:

Kangou camp has 2 big huts with 4 bed rooms each and a dinning room. Bush shower and toilets.

The Langoué researcher camp is located in a clearing. It consists of very simple tents and a covered place for dinner. One bush toilet. Washing at the river. From March 2005, a new camp will be ready with more comfort: Large tents on platforms, showers and toilets, an agreable dining room. Because of the risk of transmitting human diseases to primates, it is requested that following vaccinations are done before arrival : Polio (not live viral), Tetanus, Measles ,Hepatitis A, Yellow fever. Proof of a recent negative skin test for Tuberculosis or vaccination.

Prices include:
All transfers, transports, domestic flights, accommodation, meals (except in Libreville and in the train), excursions, local guides in the parks and entry fees.

Do not include:
Drinks, tips, personal insurance and visa

Prices are valid at the time being. Any increase of costs of carriers, hotels and lodges will be added as long as the total payment of the trip has not been completed.

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