18 DAYS/17 NIGHTS
Day 1: Libreville Tropicana Hotel
Today you will be met by a driver (holding a board with your name on it) and transferred to the Tropicana Hotel. On arrival you will meet your guide and be given a quick brief on the first few days of your trip.
Day 2: Libreville – Port Gentil – (Loango) Evengue Lodge
Early in the morning, you will leave the hotel and transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Port Gentil. On arrival at Port Gentil, you will be met and transferred to the pier for a five hour boat ride on the Ogooué and then the Mpive Rivers and on to Evengue via Omboué;
Depending on arrival time, this afternoon you will visit the Gorilla Island of Fernand Vaz. You will then head to Evengue Lodge, stopping in at the Church of St Anne which was erected in 1883 by a British Catholic priest and designed and built by Gustave Eiffel.
Alternatively, you might drive from Port Gentil to Loango via Lambisi (4hrs) and on to Evengue via 4×4 and boat after lunch.
Day 3: Evengue – Loango, Loango Lodge
Early in the morning you will leave the Camp and take the boat over the MPive River en route to Loango. You may stop on the way to visit Sainte Anne (if you didn’t visit it yesterday); you will hopefully see plenty of wildlife on the way including monkeys, crocodiles and birds. After a couple of hours sailing the river, you will disembark the boat and take a 4WD to Loango Lodge. In the afternoon, you will go for a forest walk around the lodge.
Day 4: Loango – Akaka, Akaka Bush Camp
Very early in the morning you will be transferred by boat to Akaka Bush Camp, a special habitat for antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, apes, Red River hogs and a wide range of birds. The 5hr trip to Akaka is a highlight in itself as you are taken via lagoons and the mighty Rembo Ngowe. In the afternoon, you might go for a forest trek to maximize your wildlife experience.
Day 5: Akaka – Loango, Loango Lodge
You will spend the morning at the Akaka Forest and after an early lunch, leave the camp and sail upstream to Loango Lodge where you will arrive in the late afternoon.
Day 6: Loango – Port Gentil – Libreville Tropicana Hotel
This morning you will leave the Lodge early and drive to Port Gentil via Lambisi in time for the afternoon flight to Libreville. Here, you will be collected at the airport and transferred to the Tropicana Hotel for the night.
Day 7: Libreville – Douala – Bata Ibis Bata
You will spend the morning on a sightseeing tour of Libreville. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Douala where you will pick up the connecting Equatorial New Guinea flight to Bata. On arrival your guide will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the night.
Day 8: Bata – Ebebeyin – Mongomo Akoakam Hotel
After breakfast you will leave Bata for Mongomo via Niefang and Ebebeyin. The coastal road to Mongomo will take you through picturesque habitats and villages, with views of rainforest in the distance. You will arrive at Akoakam hotel in the afternoon in time for a tour of Mongomo.
Mongomo is the hometown of Equatorial Guinea’s first president, uncle to the current one, and is inhabited by the Fang ethnic tribe. With more than 7000 people, Mongomo is privileged to received the president during long week-ends. The town itself has a beautiful stadium that hosted the last African Cup of Nations, and a recently built cathedral – a small replica of St Paul’s Cathedral in the Vatican. In the town centre is the bust of the three leaders of the country: Bonifacio Ondo (Former head of internal autonomy during the Spanish reign), Francisco Masias (the dictator who was assasinated) and of course the current president, Teodoro Obiang, who superseded him.
Day 9: Mongomo – Ansiok – Oyala – Bata Ibis Hotel
Today you will drive back to Bata while viewing similar landscape to the first leg of the trip. You may stop for brunch in Oyala and for a short sightseeing tour of the future capital of the country (only if there is time), before continuing on to Bata where you will arrive in the late afternoon. You will spend the night at Bata Ibis Hotel.
Day 10: Bata – Monte Allen – Hotel in Malaba
You will leave Bata in the morning and drive for a couple of hours until you reach Monte Allen. Your highlight of the day will be a thrilling forest walk into the landmark National Park of the country. Despite its reputation as one of the well-known national parks in the country, it is not guaranteed you will see an abundance of wildlife due to its vast size. However, if you are lucky, you will encounter numerous species of monkey, antelope, Giant Frog, and a wide range of birds.
You will then be transferred to the airport where you will take the short flight to Malaba, arriving at 21.30. On arrival you will be met and taken to a local hotel in Malaba where you will spend the night.
Day 11: Malaba – Douala – Douala Foyer Du Marin
Today you will explore Malabo and the surrounding region. Early in the morning you will drive to Finca Sampaka. It is located about 10km from the city and was famous for its cocoa production in the 1900’s and is still functioning today. Here you will learn about the cocoa production and possibly visit the farm before driving back to the city where you will start your city tour.
Your tour will include the impressive Santa Isabel Cathedral, the Equatorial Guinea Cultural Centre, the Spanish Cultural Institute, the Chamber of the People’s Representatives, the Cemeteries and Plaza de San Fernando, the Mission Convent, the Claretin House and Garden, markets, the stadium and more.
At 2:30pm you will be transferred to the airport where you will take the 16:00 flight to Douala, arriving at 16:50. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel for the night.
Day 12: Douala – Ekom Nkam – Dschang – Bamenda Ayaba Hotel
The highlands in the western part of Cameroon harbour is a beautiful hilly savannah landscape and is home to numerous chiefdoms and very rich and diverse cultural groups.
You will leave the hotel after breakfast and cross the river Wouri, heading northwest towards the Western Highlands. The road takes you through palm, cacao and coffee plantations. You will stop at Penja and visit an important tropical flower plantation and then drive up to Melong where you will visit the majestic Ekom Nkam waterfalls (81m height, site of the Tarzan movie, Greystoke). From here you head towards Dschang, an old colonial town at a 1250m altitude and then continue on towards Bamenda, visiting the Metche Falls on the way. You will arrive at Bamenda in the late afternoon.
Day 13: Bamenda – Bali – Bafut – Bamenda Ayaba Hotel
Today you will go on a cultural tour of Bamenda. In the morning after breakfast, you will make your way to Bali Nyonga located about 25km westward of Bamenda. The kingdom of Bali is well known for its cultural diversity, portrayed in the chief’s palace and museum, which you will visit later in the day. From here, you can also trek further back into the mountains behind the Bali village where you will meet a small group of the Bororo clans and share some of their daily life experiences. You will head back to Bamenda for lunch and drive to the Kingdom of Bafut in the afternoon. Bafut is another powerful chieftaincy with a well-organized chiefdom. Bafut Chieftaincy is a must-see when you are in or around Bamenda as it is one of your most authentic opportunities to mingle with the local people, and understand their history and culture. You will also have the opportunity to look round the Royal Palace with a guide; this will include watching a traditional dance performed by few of the ‘princes and princesses’ at the royal courtyard. You will then return to the Ayaba Hotel for the evening and night.
Day 14: Bamenda – Babungo – Jakiri – Koutaba Paradise Hotel
You will leave Bamenda very early to drive to Koutaba, via the Sabga hills where you will stop at a Bororo cattle farmers’ homes. You will also take in the Ndawara tea plantation and Bamessing pottery. Later on you will visit the Babungo palace, well-known for the large collection of ancient masks (more than 3000 pieces) and its museum. You will also encounter plenty of the Tikar tribe people along the way. Due to the state of the road and the many things to see along the way, the drive might take around 8hrs before arriving at Koutaba where you will spend the night at the Paradise Hotel.
Day 15: Koutaba – Foumban – Bandjoun – Yaoundé Merina Hotel
This morning you will visit the Sultan’s palace and its museum in Foumban. Foumban is an important arts and craft centre for the entire West Central African region. After the palace, you will visit the artisan’s village and the street art before heading onto Yaoundé via Bandjoun to visit the Bandjoun Superior chieftaincy, considered the centre of the Bamileke myths and legends. Whilst you are there you will learn about the traditions of the Bandjoun people and their history. From Bandjoun you will continue the journey to Yaoundé where you will spend the night at the Merina Hotel.
Day 16: Yaoundé – Mfou – Limbe Semme New Beach
In the morning you will go on a short sightseeing tour of Yaoundé, the political capital of Cameroon. Later on, you will leave Yaoundé and drive to Limbe, with a detour to the nearby Great Apes Sanctuary at Mfou, a safe haven for orphaned Great Apes. Here you will go on a forest walk and have an encounter with apes in an enclosure. You will also see Chimps, Lowland gorillas, Agile Mangabey, Baboon and many other primates in the park. You will then head west to Mount Cameroon. You will pass rubber, pepper, plantain and palm plantations before you start ascending the mountain towards the beach town of Limbe formerly known as Victoria during the German era. This drive can take approximately 10hrs including the stops and detours. You will spend the night at Seme Private Beach Hotel.
Day 17: Limbe Semme New Beach Hotel
You will spend today in and around the hotel at Limbe. Limbe is strategically situated between the rainforest at the foot of the Mt Cameroon and the Atlantic Ocean and is inhabited by the Bakwerian, although is considered a cosmopolitan city. Optional highlights in and around Limbe consist of the botanical gardens and the wildlife center, as well as the Alfred Saker monument, fishing villages at the beach, the larva trail, the ruins of the old slave trade port in Bimbia or simply the Limbe City Tour and its colourful market.
Day 18: Limbe – Douala – Return flight
After breakfast, you will leave the hotel and drive to Douala. The journey will take you through tea plantations to the former colonial capital, Buea, which is on the flanks of Mt Cameroon and marked by old German buildings and the “schloss”; the 72-room mansion that housed the German governors. You will arrive in Douala in the early hours of the afternoon and go for a sightseeing tour of Douala; the vibrant “Marché Central”, the Pagoda(Douala Manga Bell palace) in Bonanjo, Akwa & Deido, the St Peter & Paul Cathedral, the handicraft center, and if time permits, we may visit the maritime museum in Bonanjo. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.
The price will be £11,855 per person
– Meet & greet and airport/hotel transfers
– Land transportation
– A guide
– Double accommodation in BB except in Loango for FB
– All transfers
– Domestic flights from Libreville to Port Gentile rtn
– All visits as per program
– International flight and visas
– Food and drinks
– Travel Insurance
– Unforeseen circumstances including flight delay and or cancellation
– Optional activities