A naturally stunning and non-touristy destination where wildlife roams on the pristine beaches in the Loango National Park

Gabon is unique among its equatorial African neighbours and has the potential to be one of the world’s top destinations for ecotourism.

90% of its landmass is equatorial rainforest of which 10% is protected as National Parks and it is home to 50% of Africa’s forest elephants, thus has it rightly being christened the ‘Last Eden’.

Libreville, the capital, is the only city with good infrastructure. The rest of the country is a large and undiscovered paradise for those who are fond of off the beaten tracks: white sandy beaches, dense jungle, raging rivers, and pristine landscapes.

Gabon is a land of astonishing wildlife, the only place in the world where Gorillas Chimpanzees, Hypos, Buffalo, Red River Hog, Antelopes and birds roam on the beach. Whale watching is rewarding between June and September. 

Oil and mineral reserves, combined with a small population, have helped Gabon become one of Africa’s wealthiest countries.

In September 2002, the country created a network of 13 national parks in order to protect the diverse eco-systems present in Gabon. In the parks there are gorillas, chimpanzees, mandrills and hippos. The Lope Reserve, located in central Gabon and occupying an area of 500,000 hectares, includes an amazing kaleidoscope of different fauna, including some endangered animals.

HIGHLIGHTS

Safari:

  • Western Lowland Gorilla Safari in Loango NP
  • Safari in Loango, Lopé and Nyonié NP’s: Elephants, Buffalo, Chimps, Drills, Mandrills, Antelopes, Hippos, Crocodiles, Birds.
  • Big game fishing in Loango NP
  • Whale watching
  • Turtle Nestling in Loango
  • Forest walk

Culture:

  • The Babongo and the Baka Pygmies
  • The Bwiti ceremony
  • Dr Albert Schweitzer Historical hospital & Museum in Lambarene

Adventure:

  • Libreville city tours.
  • Mt Brazza trakking in the Lope NP
  • Pirogue ride on the Ogooué River for a visit to the ancient engraving site in the Lope NP