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Birding Tour Gabon: 14-day Birding Adventure 2019



Gabon is a relatively undiscovered gem for birdwatchers. This French-speaking country is located in Equatorial West Africa and complements our “bulge of Africa” tours much further to the north (Ghana being the usual destination we run in that part of the world). While Gabon has no endemic birds, there are some tantalizing species such as African River Martin, White-crested Tiger-Heron, and various others that are arguably more easily found here than anywhere else. We also time our trip early in the year to maximize the chance of Grey-necked Rockfowl, one of two species forming a West African endemic family! (For near-guaranteed views of a rockfowl, it is best to join our Ghana tour, though.) Almost 70% of Gabon is still covered by pristine, primeval lowland rainforest, which is part of the appeal. With a population of just 1.5 million people, Gabon’s forests remain relatively untouched. The country also has a wide range of other habitats, not only tropical rainforest, but also coastal lagoons, large rivers, grassland, and pristine beaches, all of which are home to a wide variety of spectacular birds. Apart from birds, Gabon also boasts spectacular animals such as African Forest Elephant, African Elephant, three species of crocodile, several marine turtles, Chimpanzee, Western Gorilla, and other amazing primates.

This tour can be combined with our Birding Tour São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure 2019 (18 – 27 February 2019) and following that with our Birding Tour Ghana: Upper Guinea Forest and Pre-Sahel 2019 (1 – 22 March 2019).

Duration: 14 days

Limit (Group Size): 8, but we can also sometimes run this trip at the advertised price with a slightly smaller group - we will let you know if there is a surcharge if the trip does not fill completely

Date Start: February 03, 2019

Date End: February 16, 2019

Tour Start: Libreville

Tour End: Libreville

Accommodation: The hotels and lodges are mostly of good or medium standard. At Ipassa we may stay at the research station with shared facilities.

Transport:  Transport will be by minivan, 4×4, and boat (where applicable).

Difficulty: The walking effort is mostly easy. You must also bear in mind the humidity, so taking adequate water is essential.

Climate: Mostly hot and humid, particularly in forest areas, with dry and sunny weather and some overcast and rainy spells

Please note that the detailed itinerary below cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides, and other factors. Please also note that for this particular tour we are planning to make some major changes to the itinerary without affecting the bird and mammal species we expect to see. Gabon is notoriously expensive, and from time to time we have to make quite major changes (but, again, without adversely affecting the birding targets), to keep the prices in check to some extent. We try our best to target the most strategic bird species (i.e. widespread West African specials as well as more localized Equatorial West African birds such as Grey-necked Rockfowl and African River Martin), while keeping the price as reasonable as possible, given the fact that Gabon always is pricey. We also try our best for important mammals such as Western Gorilla, but if you want near-guarantee sightings of gorillas, we suggest joining our annual Uganda tour (for Mountain Gorillas).


Price: €7769 per person sharing

Single Supplement: €650

Approximate costs of items not included:
Gabon visa €150

Price includes:
Meals
Accommodation
Guiding fees
All transport while on tour including airport transfers
Bottled water throughout the tour

Price excludes:
Flights
Airport taxes
Visa fees
Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, gifts
Drinks other than bottled water
Personal insurance
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My brother John and I joined Chris on a tour of KwaZulu-Natal. As scientists, we were difficult customers, constantly being distracted by plants and rocks instead of birds. Chris tolerated these diversions with unflappable grace. And when our attentions were finally engaged fully in the bird watching we could not have asked for a better guide who knew the calls, where to look for tricky sightings, and had all the necessary local contacts to help us find the truly strange and wonderful. My favorite example of the “strange and wonderful” category was the African Broadbill which was displaying, but in the midst of impenetrable vegetation. Despite this, Chris and the guide managed to get us amazing views in the spotting scope. It was my most memorable bird of the trip. He accompanied us just across the border into Swaziland, past guards with guns (because we wanted to say we’d been there), and to a truly dodgy neighborhood in Durban to look at a rock outcrop, and never once complained – at least not out loud. We’ve been on several other international birding trips, and Chris is still our standard of comparison to all our other guides. And he’s still number one. We will be doing a pelagic trip off South Africa in the not too distant future, and will plan it so Chris can lead us there.

Wil Taylor (University of Wisconsin), on a South African tour guided by Chris



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