When does this team close?
This team needs to be confirmed by 4 April as the organisers must confirm some things in-country at this point. (Later bookings can be accepted as there isn’t a protracted visa process for Gabon but, if serious about joining this team, do send in your application as soon as possible and before 4 April so that they can consider you in their initial planning.)
Do I need a visa for Gabon?
Check with your local embassy for correct and up-to-date visa information for your nationality. Procuring relevant tourist visas is the responsibility of each team member.
Can I arrive a day late?
As The Plan outlines, there is a chain of transport to get teammates out to and back from the Ivindo river, with contingency days built in that were used last year. Therefore, start and end dates are not flexible.
Can I charge all my electricals?
This will be very challenging with limited access to power once the trekking and packrafting begins. Please ensure that you are self-sufficient in terms of charging your appliances by bringing things like spare batteries, lightweight solar panels or power packs to avoid frustration.
Will there be telephone signal?
There is likely to be 3G in Libreville and wifi at its hotel. There might be a local network at Makokou. While on the active section of this expedition there is likely to be none.
Do we have to run all rapids?
Rapids will be risk assessed on a dynamic case-by-case basis once on the ground. The skill and confidence levels of the teammates will be taken into account. It is generally possible to walk around obstacles though teammates should be keen to raft as much as possible as continual portages can slow team speeds.
Can I join as a paddling beginner?
Any raft training you’d recommend?
If they offer packrafting, a day at a whitewater training centre in Cardiff, Lee valley or Nottingham (all UK) or international equivalents could be fun and beneficial. This is not a prerequisite.
Are there animals in the water?
There may be some non-poisonous snakes and dwarf and slender snout crocodiles (can bite but like being bitten by a dog) in the water itself, with a diverse ecosystem in the jungle.
What are the waterfalls like?
The Kongou falls are the most impressive and are the ones that you’ll see great images for online. The Djidji falls are equatorial Africa’s highest but on this expedition and indeed in general it is very difficult to get into a position to appreciate them, most images on the web of these falls are taken from a helicopter.
How can I find out more?
Enquire about this expedition team using the button on this page to receive your Expedition Handbook with fuller details.