10 Days / 09 Nights
Day 1: Kinsaha – Brazzaville
We pick you at your hotel in Kinshasa and drive you to the beach for exit formalities. You later on board the ‘canoe rapid’ that will make you cross the Congo River for Brazzaville. At Brazzaville, your guide will be at harbour to assist you with entry formalities and later on get you transferred to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, you go for a sightseeing tour of Brazzaville where you visit the basilica, the Poto Poto market, and the lively venues of the town. Overnight in Villa Monama
Day 2: Brazzaville –Makoua
In the morning we go for a boat excursion to the Malebo pool for a couple of hours or so before heading northwards for Makoua towards the Dzanga NP.
Through the National Highway N°2, we spend the greatest part of the day driving across picturesque habitats and forest until we attain Makoua after having driven almost 600km over a tarred road. We spend the night at the Akoua Guest House, a basic accommodation site for indulgent visitors. Overnight in Akoua Guest House
Day 3: Makoua–Ouesso – Bayanga
Today we leave Makoua in the first hours of the morning (5 A.M) and continue our way to Ouesso that lays about 200km from Makoua over a good road. From Ouesso, we board our powered canoe and spend the entire day sailing upstream the Congo River on the way to Dzanga Sangha which we attain in the late afternoon after approximately 10 h voyage including stops at Bomassa, Libongo and Lindjombo. Overnight in Doli Lodge
Day 4: Bayanga
During the next couple of days we will experience all that Dzanga-Sangha has to offer:
–Lowland Gorilla tracking at BaïHokou
–Agile Mangabey tracking at BaïHokou
From the lodge, we reach the gorilla research camp after about an hour and a half’s drive through the National Park. From here we hike through the rainforest in the company of the Ba’Aka trackers up to the point where we meet a family of habituated Western Lowland Gorillas. We are allowed to be in their immediate vicinity for about an hour, after which we hike back to BaïHokou. From BaïHokou, we can as well hike through the forest to witness a very impressive gathering of Agile Mangabeys. In the later afternoon, we return to our Lodge.
In the afternoon if time does permit, we go for a village walk in Bayanga where we mingle with the local Bantu and share their daily way of leaving, their dreams and hopes as well as their daily struggle. We return to the Lodge in the evening where a group of Ba’Aka will entertain us with their incredible polyphony and their forest dances, just before dinner. Overnight in Doli Lodge
Day 5: Bayanga – Libongo – Yokadouma
Today we leave Dzanga Sangha National Park early after breakfast. We board our boat and ride downsteam the Sangha River to Libongo where our vehicle is ready for departure. After a short stop at Lindjombo for Exit formalities – and later on Cameroon entry formalities in Libongo, we continue to Yokadouma which we expect to attain late in the afternoon. Overnight in Elpehant Guest House
Day 6: Yokadouma – Bertoua
Todays’ itinerary is tough as we will be driving on a poorly maintained dirty road full of encounters with big and timber over-loaded trucks that only make the drive slower and dusty or muddy. Yet, it is an interesting experience for the number of picturesque villages laying adjacent to the roadside, the 2 towns of Ndelele next to which there is possibility to watch hippopotamus on the Kadey River (Only if time does permit as we’re 200km from Bertoua, and Batouri where we can stop for refuelingor lunch. The distance betweenYokadouma&Bertoua is 300km which we expect to reach after at least 09 h driving. Overnight in Mansa Hotel
Day 7: Bertoua – Yaoundé
Early in the morning after breakfast, we leave Bertoua heading westward to Yaoundé that lays 340 km away. The road is completely tarred and might take approximately six hours or so to reach Yaoundé. If time does permit us upon our arrival in Yaoundé, we might rush to the Mfou wildlife reserve, a refuge for apes where we will see big monkeys and other primate species. The reserve is located 40 Km away from the hotel and closes by 5 P.M, so this is a highlights that exclusively depends on the arrival time in Yaoundé and isn’t compulsory. Overnight in Merina Hotel
Day 8: Yaoundé – Buea
Early this day we leave Yaoundé after a short sightseeing tour and drive for Buea past Douala. It is a beautiful drive of approximately 350km that can take us 6 hours excluding possible stops in Edea or Douala. Highlights on the way include the Sanaga old bride of Edea, the lively town of Douala, and vast tropical cash crops plantation (rubber, banana, palm tree, papaya etc…). Overnight in Chariot Hotel
Day 9: Buea – Mt Cameroon – Hut 2
Early in the morning after a heavy breakfast, we drive to the Mt CEO office to collect our entry permit and the related camping logistic including porters, cook and local eco guide for the ascension on the mountain. Mt Cameroon is the highest peak in West Central Africa and the 2nd highest mountain in sub-Saharan Africa after the Kilimanjaro. It is an active volcano that recorded its last eruption in the year 1999. Ascending what the Carthaginian explorers called the ‘chariot of gods’ is a physically demanding trek across a rocky pathway as we walk through the Upper Farm (1090m) the rainforest and savannah vegetation. For birders, this route is a good opportunity to spot a wide variety of bird species including the endemic Mt Cameroon Francolin.
Under the guidance of a knowledgeable eco-guide, you’ll be given botanic lecture all through the walk until we reach hut 2 in altitude 2860m after about 5- 7 h trek, where we erect our tents for the night. In the meantime before the dusk, you can optionally visit the surrounding of the hut where there are amazing rock caves. Overnight in Tents
Day 10: Mt Cameroon – Hut 2 – Hut 3 – Summit – Buea – Douala Return flight
After breakfast, we continue our ascension in the quest of the summit that lies about 3h away from where we slept. The summit of Mt Cameroon is 4090m in altitude and harbours a low temperature ranging from 0° – 8°C with speedy winds (8 – 10 m per second) in the morning. We spend some time there and later on, we descend the mountain and collect our certificates (if ready). We then board our car and leave for Douala which we attain in the middle of the afternoon. If time does permit, we visit the handicraft market before it closes and later on, we drive to the airport for your onward flight back home.
Single accommodation in half board basis (B/F & Dinner)
Land transportation all inclusive
Water transfers in powered canoe
Entry & exit formalities in Congo, C.A.R & Cameroon
Mt Cam. Trekking and camping logistics in full board basis
1 gorilla permit in Dzanga Sanga
Cultural activities with the Ba’aka Pygmies
Crossing of the Congo River from Kin – Brazza and all exit & entry formalities
Meet & greet and transfers
Flights & Visas (multiple or multiple for Cameroon DRC, Congo & CAR)
Drinks & lunch
Laundry, tips & gratuities
1 visit at the Dzanga Bai
Optional activities (Hippos in Mepouta, Mfou Reserve etc…)
Needs of personal nature that is not mentioned in this program.
Day-use room in Douala.