15 DAY TRIP TO WILD BONOBOS IN FRONTIER ABYSSAL ZONE AND DEEP JUNGLE

From USD $7,999.00
  • Duration: 15 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Kinshasa, Kinshasa
  • Product code: bonobosbig15
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15 DAY TRIP TO WILD BONOBOS IN FRONTIER ABYSSAL ZONE AND DEEP JUNGLE 

NEW FOR 2017 - A SHORTER CHEAPER VERSION OF THIS EXPEDITION IS AVAILABLE (BELOW) - 10 DAYS IN AND OUT AS FAST AS POSSIBLE FOR AS CHEAP AS POSSIBLE (SEE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE)

FOR ORIGINAL 15 DAY TRIP (FAR MORE INTERESTING WITH LOTS OF LOCAL EXPOSURE AND AMAZING JUNGLE AND RIVER NAVIGATION) SEE BELOW

ORIGINAL 15 DAY WILD BONOBOS TRIP 

Day 1: Arrival in Kinshasa, airport assistance, transfer to hotel and briefing and orientation 

Day 2: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight to Basankusu. 

We travel with Kin Avia with a Belgian pilot (our buddy) and we stay the night in tents for the preparation of the trip. 

Day 3,4,5: we arrive at destination in the middle of day 5. In total, we have to travel between 30 and 40 hours on the water. We leave early in the morning, after breakfast ; have a small break at noon for lunch ; and we’ll stop around +/- 4 pm for our camp and to prepare our diner. We stay overnight in small villages, with the agreement of the chief and buy our food on the local markets. The Maringa River is between 100 and 200 meter wide, and has a lot of sandbanks. The Lomako River is between 5 and 15 meters wide, forest everywhere on both sides, a fast water flow, and a lot of obstacles. Here we have to be careful so a realistic party and timetable has been assembled. 

Day 6,7,8,9: Now we enter into the forest. To find the Bonobos, we’ll have to leave the camp at night, to arrive early in the morning where they pass the night, high in the trees, and we’ll stay till they are awake. 

Besides the Bonobos, we also can find: Dryas Monkey (Cercopithecus Dryas) Tholan’s Red Colobus (Piliocolobus Tholloni) Golden-Bellied Mangabey (CercocebusChrysogaster)Black Mangabey (Lophocebus Aterrimus) Allen’s Swamp Monkey (AllenopithecusNigroviridis) Angolan Colobus (Colobus Angolensis) Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Buffalo (Syncerus Caffer) Bongo (Tragelaphus Euryceros) African Golden Cat (Felis Aurata) Leopard (Panthera Pardus) For birding, the region has more than 400 different species with a high density of the“Congo peafowl” (Afropavo Congensis) 

Day 10,11,12,13: Return to Basankusu. The people from the villages we meet on the way are from the Mongo tribes. During the last years, there was a migration of people from the Ngombe tribe, really good hunters. Luckily for the wildlife, ammunition isn’t easy to find.*

Day 14: In Basankusu, a day off, a day of rest, and a day when we’ll visit the town and the office of AWF, an NGO where the only other foreigners for hundreds of miles can be found.

Day 15: Flight to Kinshasa, Transfer to the Hotel 3 stars (we usually use Leon.) Transfer to the airport and farewell (or you can extend to stay an extra day or 2 and fly later depending on your schedule.) 

END OF SERVICES 


Includes:


  • All transfers as mentioned in the program 

  • “Full board” in the interior (all food)

  • Crew: Technician/driver, cook, security guard, guide 

  • 4 litres of bottled water a day in the jungle 

  • Trekking Permits and Entrance fees

  • Gasoline / All fuel

  • Airport pick up and drop off in Kinshasa 

  • Tented Accommodation for the interior portion and all setup and sleeping.

NEW 10 DAY VERSION (MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE) AVAILABLE STARTING MAY 2017

Day 1 - Arrival at Kinshasa. Receive at airport and transfer to hotel. Leon Hotel twin room B&B 

Day 2 - Fly from Kinshasa to Mbandaka. 

Day 3 - Motorised canoe from Mbandaka to Basankusu. 

Day 4 - Motorised canoe from Basankusu to Lingunda then trek 11km to Lyema. Overnight in tents

Day 5 - Try and see Bonobos. Most likely will see the Bonobos but very early morning.

Day 6 - Try and see Bonobos. There are other animals to see also including forest elephants.

Day 7 - Head back to Mbandaka.

Day 8 - Fly from Mbandaka to Kinshasa overnight in Leon hotel twin room B&B 

Day 9 - Kinshasa city tour / visit Lola ya Bonobo to see the project there too. Overnight in Leon hotel twin room full board 

Day 10 - Drop off at Kinshasa airport. If evening flight we can add another tour in Kinshasa today

THIS VERSION IS ONLY $6999 PER PERSON ON THE BASIS OF 2.