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Evolution in the making
Visit the World's only Bonobo Sanctuary
Bonobos of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bonobos - the closest living link to Homo Sapiens
Oct 25 - Oct 27
Sharing more than 98% of the same genetic make-up (DNA), Bonobos are humankind's closest relatives, and they live only in one country: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Bonobos were last great ape species to be discovered, and stand apart from the other great apes in fascinating and important ways, but perhaps the most compelling aspect of bonobos is their society. In contrast to the competitive, male-dominated culture of their close relative the chimpanzee, as well as all other primate species, bonobo society is peaceful, matriarchal and more egalitarian. Additionally, sex permeates the fabric of bonobo society, weaving through all aspects of daily life. It serves an important function in keeping the society together, maintaining peaceful, cooperative relations. Join WANT Expeditions on this fascinating extension to see the last and closet link to humankind.
Detailed itinerary:
Oct 25 Arrival/Kinshasa
  Today is dedicated to arrivals into Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. You are welcome to arrive throughout the day and will be transferred accordingly to our hotel. At 7:00 pm we will gather in our hotel's restaurant for a Welcome Dinner and Orientation for our visit tomorrow to the Yo La Bonobo Sanctuary.
  Accommodation: Upscale City Hotel
Oct 26 Yo La Bonobo Sanctuary
  Lola ya Bonobo means "Paradise for Bonobos", and within minutes of encounting these enchanting animals, you, yourself may not want to leave. Since 2002, the sanctuary has been located at Les Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, just outside of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This impressive sanctuary is home to over 60 orphaned Bonobos who live in several very large, natural enclosures spread across 30 hectares of primary forest. To make the most out of our visit, our day starts relatively early. Depending on traffic, it is roughly a one hour drive to Lola ya Bonobo, and we want to make sure that we are there in time for their morning feeding. We will easily spend a full morning touring the grounds, observing the Bonobos and chatting with the staff. There is a nice restaurant nearby, where we will enjoy a late lunch of some delicious Congolese dishes, then slowly we will make our way back to Kinshasa, stopping briefly to see the rapids, and time allowing, pay a visit to a local market. Over dinner we can share our observations, interactions, and experiences from the afternoon with our captivating relatives.
  Accommodation: Upscale City Hotel
Oct 27 Departure to Brazzaville, Congo
  After an early breakfast, we will hop in a vehicle and transfer to the beach for formalities and board our canoe to Brazzaville. The trip itself takes only 30 minutes, but due to our border crossing, we need to be prepared for a full morning of traveling, and expect to arrival Brazzaville by midday. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel, check-in, and refresh. (Kindly note, lunch this afternoon is not included in your tour). Around 2:30pm, our Central Africa Wildlife Expedition officially begins with a city tour.
  Accommodation: City Hotel
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Trip price: in double room: USD 2,999
  in single room: USD 3,499

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Trip price: in double room: USD 2,999
  in single room: USD 3,499
Price includes:
· all accomodation
· all meals
· all activities mentioned in the program
· all land transportation
· Water in transport vehicles
· all airport and local transfers
· all entrance fees
· all local guiding fees
· international tour leader
· all government taxes and levies

Price excludes:
· all tips
· international flights
· travel insurance
· personal expenses at accommodation
· departure taxes at airports
· visa fees
· any other items not mentioned above