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Wild bonobos can only be found in forests south of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sometimes known as the pygmy chimpanzee, bonobos weren’t recognized as a separate species until 1929. As the last great ape to be scientifically described, much remains unknown about the bonobo—including the extent of its geographic range. Efforts to survey the species over the past two decades have been hampered by the remote nature of its habitat, the patchiness of their distribution and years of civil unrest within the DRC.

Wild bonobos can only be found in forests south of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sometimes known as the pygmy chimpanzee, bonobos weren’t recognized as a separate species until 1929. As the last great ape to be scientifically described, much remains unknown about the bonobo—including the extent of its geographic range. Efforts to survey the species over the past two decades have been hampered by the remote nature of its habitat, the patchiness of their distribution and years of civil unrest within the DRC.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Kinshasa

Arrival in Kinshasa, assistance and reception at the airport by the team, hotel transfer. Briefing Free night, stay at the hotel 3 stars. 

Day 2

City Tour

Walk and visit of course to meet the researchers today at the Sanctuary (Lola) Bonobos before your trip, and Lake Mac Vallee, the Symphony hall, Gallery of Arts, River and Embassy Walk, monuments and historical-cultural introduction etc.

Day 3

Boarding and embarkation!

Onwards bound to Tshumbiri Ngafura Maluku (Maluku is a town in Kinshasa located 80 km from downtown) night at the village far up the river tonight. We allow you to discover the CONGO river, its traffic and its inhabitants in a totally and truly immersive experience that is likely more uncontrived and intense than you've ever had in Africa. During this two days on the river you can participate in several types of traditional fishing too. (Think about your fishing rods and swimwear if you need.)

Day 4

After breakfast then inbound finally for Tshumbiri.

We arrive around 3:00 p.m. relaying you from the boat and transferring by jeep to Nkala, arriving prior to sundown around 18h00. Overnight in tents.

Day 5

Up for the trek ahead at 5:00, breakfast provided

Tracking of Bonobos and return to town around 12h00. After lunch, afternoon courtesy visit to the chiefdom around the village of Nkala (this is remote.) Return to camp loop back at about 18:30. Meeting with a research outpost staff. Nights in tents or at the Mbomou Tower Inn.

Day 6

Bonobos tracking again from 5:00, and back around 11:00

On the way back say a brief goodbye to the leadership and transfer to Tshumbiri, Tshumbiri overnight.

Day 7

Around 6:00 Boarding and return to Kinshasa and breakfast on board

Long day of speeding downstream on the opposite bank and opposite scenery. At around 16:30 finally arrive Maluku ; separate with the crew of the boat and transfer to the center Free evening. Overnight at hotel

Day 8

Check in to your hotel for a freshen-up and the finish the other part of your tour of the city of Kinshasa.

Visit the museum, the Mausoleum of late President Kabila, the market of thieves, and more. Afternoon transfer to the airport and farewell.

    • All transfers as mentioned in the program
    • “Full board” in the interior (all food)
    • rew: 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.
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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