The Lobéké National Park

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Yaounde Hotel to null

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Integrated into the Congo basin, the Lobéké National Park is located at the extreme south east of Cameroon. It covers an area of 217,854 hectares and is adjacent to two other national parks in the Central African Republic, Dzanng-sangha National Park and the Republic of Congo Parc National de Nouabale Ndoki, with which it forms the tri-national (TNS), cross- border conservation initiative of biodiversity and UNESCO world heritage. In Lobéké, there are continuously small “bai” or forest clearings that attract a large variety of fauna with large mammals (gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes). On this tour we also explore Doumé, Bertoua, Batouri, Yokadouma, and Mambélé.
Day1: Upon arrival in Yaoundé, you're welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and overnight. Day 2: Yaoundé- Doumé- Bertoua- Batouri: Today we will drive to Bertoua (340 kilometres of good road) with a stop at Doume, the capital of the East Region during the colonial period, where you visit the city with an old German fort. We will visit the city of Bertoua, the capital of the East Region. Then we will continue to Batouri (100 kilometres of dirt road) where we will enjoy dinner and overnight.Day 3: Batouri- Yokadouma- Mambélé: Today we will drive to Mambélé (360 kilometres of dirt road), with a stop at Yokadouma. Here we will complete some entry formalities with park authorities, and elaborate on the program. We will stay overnight in the village. Day 4: Lobéké National Park: Today we will drive from Mambele Village to the car-drop- off-point in Lobeke National Park (45 kilometres) to “petite savane”. We will then hike under the forest canopy to the watchtower (6 kilometres). Attractions here include: large trees, sound of cicadas and birds, different species of monkeys, and other animals. Our afternoon will entail wildlife sightings of animals during wallowing or feeding hours in the forest clearing from the comfort of watchtower. Here there is the possibility to see gorillas, elephants, sitatunga, bongos, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, duikers, … and also many species of birds. We will overnight in tents close to watchtower this evening. Day 5: Lobéké National Park: We will begin early this morning for wildlife sightings from the watchtower in “petite savane”, then hike 9 kilometres to the second watchtower with many monkeys foraging on the way, especially the black and white colobus monkeys.  Afternoon will be spent wildlife sighting and we will overnight in tents.  Day 6: Lobéké National Park: Our morning will involve morning wildlife sightings. We will leave the second watchtower at noon and hike back to the 1st watchtower in “petite savane”. Our afternoon wildlife sighting will be in “petite savane”.We will overnight here. Day 7: Lobéké National Park: Morning wildlife sighting will be from the watchtower, and then we will hike back to the car-drop- off-point. Today we will return to Mambélé, and drive to Yokadouma for overnight. Day 8: Yokadouma- Bertoua- Yaoundé (640 kilometres) Day 9: Yaoundé - return flight: Today we can enjoy a city tour together and shop in the handicraft center for some souvenirs. Later you will transfer to the Yaoundé International Airport in the evening for return flight.**We strongly urge booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee your spot in the description. 

What’s included

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Breakfasts and Dinners
  • Entrance fees
  •  Local tour guide
  • Vehicle
  • Toll gates
  • Fuel
  • Driver/guide
  • Tours mentioned in program
  • Airport Transfers

What’s not included

  • All flights
  • Visa arrangements
  • Travel Insurance and luggage
  • Camera fees
  • Drinks and other meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses and extras

Itinerary

Day 2: Yaoundé- Doumé- Bertoua- Batouri: Today we will drive to Bertoua (340 kilometres of good road) with a stop at Doume, the capital of the East Region during the colonial period, where you visit the city with an old German fort. We will visit the city of Bertoua, the capital of the East Region. Then we will continue to Batouri (100 kilometres of dirt road) where we will enjoy dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Batouri- Yokadouma- Mambélé: Today we will drive to Mambélé (360 kilometres of dirt road), with a stop at Yokadouma. Here we will complete some entry formalities with park authorities, and elaborate on the program. We will stay overnight in the village.
Day 4: Lobéké National Park: Today we will drive from Mambele Village to the car-drop- off-point in Lobeke National Park (45 kilometres) to “petite savane”. We will then hike under the forest canopy to the watchtower (6 kilometres). Attractions here include: large trees, sound of cicadas and birds, different species of monkeys, and other animals. Our afternoon will entail wildlife sightings of animals during wallowing or feeding hours in the forest clearing from the comfort of watchtower. Here there is the possibility to see gorillas, elephants, sitatunga, bongos, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, duikers, … and also many species of birds. We will overnight in tents close to watchtower this evening.
Day 5: Lobéké National Park: We will begin early this morning for wildlife sightings from the watchtower in “petite savane”, then hike 9 kilometres to the second watchtower with many monkeys foraging on the way, especially the black and white colobus monkeys.  Afternoon will be spent wildlife sighting and we will overnight in tents. 
Day 6: Lobéké National Park: Our morning will involve morning wildlife sightings. We will leave the second watchtower at noon and hike back to the 1st watchtower in “petite savane”. Our afternoon wildlife sighting will be in “petite savane”. We will overnight here.
Day 7: Lobéké National Park: Morning wildlife sighting will be from the watchtower, and then we will hike back to the car-drop- off-point. Today we will return to Mambélé, and drive to Yokadouma for overnight.
Day 8: Yokadouma- Bertoua- Yaoundé (640 kilometres)
Day 9: Yaoundé - return flight: Today we can enjoy a city tour together and shop in the handicraft center for some souvenirs. Later you will transfer to the Yaoundé International Airport in the evening for return flight. **We strongly urge booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee your spot in the description. 
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