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Best Adventure Trips 2008

by Sarah Tuff

Gabon: Where the Wild Things Are

Many African safaris are so canned you might as well be in Busch Gardens. Not so Mountain Travel Sobek's adventure to Gabon, where travelers channel their inner Jane Goodall and board flat-bottomed boats with Pygmy guides to search for primates. Spearheading it all is Allen Bechky, author of the Sierra Club's Adventuring in East Africa and an expert in remote wildlife locales. For 17 days, explore the savannas of Loango National Park and the rain forests of Lopé National Park and its Mikongo Camp. You're looking for western lowland gorillas, chimps, elephants, and bush babies. Nights are spent in a mixture of lodges, hotels, and tented camps, most with private baths; the enchanting nocturnal sounds of Africa will be your lullaby. The expedition also detours to Point St. Catherine Beach for a day of swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, fishing for African threadfin, and spotting humpback whales. Travelers can also tick hippos, forest buffalo, duikers, crocodiles, fishing owls, red river hogs, and more off their safari lists while dining on French cuisine. Hey, Jane Goodall never had it so good.

Departures: August 10–26, November 23–December 9

Price: From $9,995, including lodging, meals, and ground travel within Gabon; $350 for park fees and $500 for internal airfare; originates in Libreville

Mountain Travel Sobek
Tel: 888 687 6235 (toll-free)
Tel: 510 594 6000

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