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Lambaréné, meet the traditional populations of Gabon!


LAMBARÉNÉ, the city of Doctor SCHWEITZER whose hospital and its museum constitute a historical heritage of Gabon that you must visit, but not only! we offer you during various day trips or several days in canoe to meet the ancestral populations who inhabit the villages on the banks of the lakes and the Ngounié river as far as the Tsamba and Magoutsi rapids.

Why visit LAMBARENE?

The city of Lambaréné is located about 4 hours and 30 minutes drive towards the south of Gabon. Initially the region was populated by Pygmies, but over the centuries, due to its strategic location and its numerous navigable rivers, the region recorded a migration of many ethnic groups from the north who settled around the lakes and the main the Ogooué river as well as its various ramifications, such as the Ngounié river. We have created various circuits with the collaboration of the ASSOCIATION GUIDES ÉCOTOUR DU MOYEN-OGOOUE and the NGO OELO to make you appreciate the fauna and flora of this region and allow you to meet the villagers from ancient populations and share their fashion. of life in their village.

Lambaréné: your original holidays in Gabon!

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

You can choose several excursions, we organize your stay from Libreville or Lambaréné.


Visit of Onangué and Evaro lakes


From the pier of your hotel, you will head south of Lambaréné in the direction of Port-Gentil to visit several Lake Evaro you will stop in Ngomo village to visit the mission, you will continue your navigation towards the lake Onangué, you can observe in the dry season, monkeys, pelicans, hippos. You picnic in one of the fishing villages allowing you to appreciate the local cuisine while discovering artisanal fishing techniques, fish conservation and local plantations. You will appreciate these splendid and exotic places, immersing yourself in a universe close to the beginning of the 20th century, where you will have the impression that time has stood still, through these traditional ways of life.


The descent of the Ngounié river


Departure at 7 am Village 7 am of Lambaréné by canoe to discover the villages bordering the river populated by the ancient ethnic groups who live in Gabon, Akele, Fang, Tsogo . The journey will take you to the Tsamba and Magoutsi rapids, you will stop for lunch at Tsogo village in Egono.
The Tsogho are the first to join the pygmies for more than three centuries. The Tsogho have mastered the art of working with iron. In addition, the Tsogho transmitted Bwiti to other peoples, a tradition dating back several millennia and initially transmitted by the Pygmy populations to Bantu peoples such as
the Mitsogho. You will have the opportunity to admire the masks covered with white pigments which are characterized by an open mouth, a small triangular nose and elongated eyes surmounted by "M" shaped eyebrows .
The return is at the end of the evening to Lambaréné by canoe.


Tsam Tsam ecotourism around a lake


Two hours by pirogue from Lambaréné south of Lake Onangué , you can stay in an ecotourism village in Tsam Tsam, managed by the NGO OELO. It is made up of platforms equipped with tent canvases for the night, built around existing trees, on stilts, and oriented to maximize views and air circulation while minimizing disturbance to the lake shores.
forest hikes to the savannah, traditional pirogue rides around the site, visit of the fishing village, night pirogue safari , Lambaréné pirogue tour along the Ogooué and the chain of lakes to Lake Oguemoué, an excursion in the Ogooué jungle and through the chain of lakes in the south. Sighting: hippos, lowland gorillas, forest elephants, chimpanzees, red river pigs, sitatungas, forest buffaloes, red headed mongooses.

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Meet the Pygmies and Tsogos peoples


Departure from Lambaréné at 9:00 am by canoe towards the Ngounie river. During the navigation you will be able to observe on the shores the villages of the ethies, Akele, Fang, and especially Tsogo, tsamba and magoutsi rapids and the Sindara mission.
In the evening, you will bivouac in the village of Egono and you will have the opportunity to taste the cuisine of the villagers based on cassava tuber, rice, fried bananas, grated cassava, village vegetables, fish from the river, bicycle chicken.
At 8 o'clock the next morning departure towards the village "Tranquille" of the Pygmies where you will stay one night. Your 4x4 trip will last about 3h30 for 80 km on the ikobe track in the middle of virgin forest in the Chaillu massif near the Waka park. During your stay in the village "Tranqille", you will participate and discover a traditional way of life based on hunting (with spears or spears, traps and machetes), and collecting (fruit, honey, etc.). In the evening you will attend the traditional rites practiced as part of the dances of the Bwiti religion.
During meals, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the traditional cuisine of the village based on gazelle, porque-pique for meat, bush fruits, sweet bananas, and drink the wine of sugar cane, honey, and palm and discover the moabi oil from the largest tree in the equatorial forest.

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