JEWELS OF THE GULF (15 Days)

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Day 1 - Arrive Libreville   Saturday

Meet and greet and airport transfer only? Overnight in Tropicana Hotel. B

Day 2 - Libreville - Lambarene  Sunday
Today we head to Lambarene located four hours from Libreville. We leave the hotel early in the morning to visit the world renowned Albert Schweitzer Museum and old Hospital. DR. Schweitzer became especially famous for giving benefit concerts and lectures in Europe as a means of fundraising for his hospital back in Africa. B

Lambarene
A historic landmark in Gabon, and a milestone for medicinal research against malaria in West & Central Africa. Its promoter, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Doctor Albert Schweitzer, was a theologian and an emblematic figure for the fight against numerous tropical diseases in Africa. He founded the world renowned Lambarene Hospital in 1913, now turned into a remarkably beautiful and popular museum along the Ogooué River. This rich museum showcases a wide collection of ancient medical tools that were used during Schweitzer time in Africa as well as the traces of the challenges he faced in a peculiarly hostile world marked by tropical disease.

The museum has well preserved much of Schweitzer’s operating room, bedroom and personal objects, all of which are still intact. Your visit to the museum takes you back in time as you walk through Dr. Albert personal spaces as if he had just left yesterday and you will be able to listen to his story and see his belongings. The old rooms where the nurses used to live until 1981 is converted into adequate guest rooms with double roof and an east-west floor plan where sun never shine through the windows.

Lambarene replete with series of sightseeing highlights as well as interesting places to stop by on a city tour. This includes the old church of St Francis Xavier built since 1880 with red bricks and overlooking the Ogooué River.

Overnight Albert Schweitzer Guest House

Day 3 - Lambarene – Libreville Monday

After breakfast, we sail down the Ogooué mighty river and embark on a breath-taking boat trip across series of small fishermen villages sparsely settled on the banks of several lakes in the vicinity of Lambarene. Evaro Lake is one of them and consists of an Island nestled in the middle of nowhere and mostly carpeted by thick rainforest full of gigantic trees, birds and butterflies. Other Lakes include Onangue Lake peopled by fishermen living in rustic stilt huts, Gomé Lake that can be accessed via Azingo Lake, all peopled by Bantu people from Fang and Mvene ethnic group.

On the way to these series of Lakes we may have an inspiring stop in Ngomo for a visit to the Protestant Mission, a pink and red brick-built church dating from a century ago that has been renovated by volunteers after a long period of abandonment when the missionary left in the wake of independence in 1960. On the way back to Lambarene, we have chances to spot some marine wildlife including surfing hippos, crocodiles, fish and a lot of aquatic birds.

We leave Lambarene in the early afternoon for Libreville on a 4 hours’ drive. Overnight accommodation at the Tropicana Hotel. B

Day 4 – Libreville – Pongara – Libreville  Tuesday
On this day you depart Libreville by 9a.m. by boat and sail for one hour to Pongara. You spend around 2 or 3 hours on safari in the National Park and the rest of the afternoon on leisure in the La Baie Des Tortues Luth Lodge, then you return to Libreville by 4:30pm

Day 5 - Libreville city – Departure  Wednesday (Rwandair)
Libreville City tour in the morning, followed by airport transfer according to your Douala flight.

Day 5 - Arrive Douala Wednesday
Depending on your time of arrival, we may go for a sightseeing tour before nightfall. Overnight in Foyer Du Marin Hotel

Day 6 - Douala- Kribi  Thursday
If late arrival the previous day, we do the city tour this morning and in the early afternoon, take 4 hours’ drive to Kribi. On arrival, we will check into our hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure.

Day 7 - Kribi-Lobe- Kribi Friday
Today we go for a day trip to the Bakola Pygmies in Namikoumbi, the closest pygmy encampment which is attainable by a 20 – 30 min boat ride over the Lobe River. Spend an hour or so with the pygmies then sail downstream the Lobe River and visit the Lobe waterfalls before heading back to the hotel. Alternatively, you can go back to the hotel after the Pygmies and in the afternoon, go for a beach walk to the falls. The hotel is 20 – 30 min walk from the waterfalls….Overnight in Ilomba Hotel (book long time in advance, the hotel is on high demand).

Day 8 - Kribi-Douala- Malabo  Saturday (Ethiopian)
After breakfast, we will depart Kribi early just on time to beat the traffic and get to the Douala airport for your flight to Malabo.

Day 8 – Malabo Arrival  Saturday
You are welcome by our representative upon arrival at the SSG airport where you are provided airport assistance, baggage clearance and later on ushered to your private car for hotel transfer. After hotel check-in, a short briefing with the guide to fine-tune details of the next days the Equatorial Guinea. Dinner and overnight at the Yoli Hotel Hotel.

Day 9: Malabo Sunday
In the morning after breakfast, we leave the hotel and drive through the beautiful city of Malabo. We visit the cathedral, a gothic styled built architecture that was designed by Luis Saegarra Llairado. Next to the cathedral is the presidential palace with its numerous military installations and personnel. Please not that no picture can be taken in Equatorial Guinea!! We also make a stop at the main market to witness a typical colorful market in the African ambiance.  Another interesting highlight includes the City Hall, the amazing architecture of numerous Spanish buildings and much more. After visiting the old part and the new part of Malabo, we drive back to the hotel for lunch. And in the first hours of the afternoon, we go for an excursion to the village of Ureca that stretches south of Malabo (35km). Highlight around Ureca includes a visit to the small village, the Eola waterfalls as well as a beach walk along the Moraka beach where it is possible to spot marine turtle laying their eggs on the beach in the night. In the evening, we drive back to Malabo for the night. Overnight at Yoli Hotel Hotel

Day 10: Malabo – Bata  Monday
We leave the hotel this day after breakfast and head on for the airport for the morning flight to the mainland part of the country, Bata. After 20min flight, we attain Bata airport from where our local guide will transfer you to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, we undergo a sightseeing tour of Bata where we will visit the clock square, the cathedral, the vibrant and colorful market, the mosque and the central avenues. Time permitting; we may go to the seafront in Bomé for a beach walk in the afternoon before returning to the hotel for the night. Overnight at Ibis Hotel

Day 11: Bata – Mongomo – Oyala Tuesday
After breakfast we leave Bata for Mongomo which we attain three hours later. The road to Mongomo takes us across picturesque habitats and villages along the bank of the road with long patches of thick rainforest all through the distance. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Akoakam hotel for lunch and afterward, depart for an evening sightseeing tour of Mongomo. Mongomo is the hometown of E. G’s first president, uncle to the current one. It is inhabited by the Fang ethnic tribe. With its more than seven thousand people, Mongomo is privileged for receiving president’s during long weekends. The town itself has less to offer if not for the beautiful stadium that host the 2015 African Cup Of Nations, the newly built cathedral – a reduced copy of St Paul’s Cathedral in Vatican- The center that boasts a stela in respect of the national history with the bust of the three leaders of the country: Bonifacio Ondo (Former head of internal autonomy during the Spanish reign), Francisco Masias the shot dictator and of course the current president Teodoro Obiang who superseded him.

Through picturesque habitats and villages along the bank of the road, we leave Mongomo in the afternoon and drive across long patches of thick rainforest to attain Oyala for the night. Overnight at Djibloho Hotel

Day 12: Oyala – Bata – Malabo Wednesday
In the morning we visit the city of Oyala, a futuristic city that is soon to become the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Settled in the middle of the jungle, Oyala, also known as ‘the city to peace’, is a vast field under heaps of construction work. We will visit some of the gigantic buildings that will serve as government offices, hotels, supermarkets and others. We then leave for Bata which we attain in the early afternoon after stopping at Anisok for a quick visit. From Bata we catch the domestic flight to Malabo airport for check-in for the connecting light back home. END OF TOUR!

Day 12 - Sao Tome Arrival Wednesday

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel with a short tour of the city en route. This evening transfer to Pension Casa Turistica where you have the opportunity to have a traditional island dinner (own account). Overnight at Hotel Miramar or similar.

Day 13- São João dos Angolares – Rolas Island.  Thursday
Drive south to the coastal village of São João dos Angolares. On the way visit the colonial era hospital at Agua Ize and the fishing village of Ribeira Afonso. We stop at Boca de Inferno (Natural Blow hole) and proceed to Porto Alegre to catch the boat to Isle de Rolas. Dinner and overnight accommodation at the Pestana Ecuador.

Day 14– Rolas Island – Sao Tome Friday
Morning at leisure. After lunch, we check out from Pestana Equador and take a short boat ride to Praia Inhame (Eco lodge) for sight-seeing with beautiful landscape. Visit Porto Alegre, and the Swimming pool beach for Picnic. 16h00 Check in at Hotel Miramar. B-D

Day 15– Sao Tome – Departure Saturday
After breakfast, we’ll visit the Mark of Vasco Da Gama, The Museum of Sao Tome History, The Claudio Corallo Chocolate Factory, Catholic Cathedral and the Local market before transferring to the airport for your flight. B

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PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Connecting flight LBV – DLA in economy class
  • Connecting flight DLA – SSG in economy class
  • Connecting flight SSG – TMS in economy class
  • Domestic flights Malabo – Bata – Malabo
  • Tourist Permit and Letter of Invitation
  • Overland transportation all-inclusive (car with air conditioning system)
  • An English-speaking guide
  • Boat transfer to and from Pongara National Park
  • Visit to Albert Schweitzer Museum
  • All visits as per the program
  • Pirogue Ride on the Lobe River
  • Gift/ token to Pygmies
  • Meet and greet and airport transfers
  • Single accommodation in BB

 DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Flight to Central Africa
  • Flight out of Central Africa
  • Meals and beverage
  • Travel insurance and airport departure taxes
  • Unforeseen situations including flight delay or cancellation or force majeure
  • Laundry Services
  • Other services not specified as ‘included’

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