TRAVEL EXPERIENCE IN GABONS LOANGO NATIONAL PARK
Middle-Africa, is a travel agency specialised in organising nature and anthropological trips to Central and Western Africa. Since 2007 we have been organising trips to Gabon, a diverse and stable eco-tourisim destination. We consider Gabon a great travel destination for nature lovers, and for those travellers looking for virgin and unspoiled territories. Wildlife rich forests cover 80% of Gabon’s landmass (11% declared National Parks), its vast picturesque coastline is predominantly wild and unspoiled, and its inland and coastal waters teem with myriad species of fish, reptiles and marine mammals. Gabon is a rare and exotic tropical gem, yet tourism here still remains relatively undeveloped. One of Gabon’s best kept secrets is Loango National Park, considered by prestigious biologists and nature lovers as Africa's Last Eden.
TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS OF GABON’S LOANGO NATIONAL PARK
Very little was known about the possibility of travelling to Gabon and visit Loango National Park, until Michael Fay’s Congo Basin MegaTransect (2002) when he explored Gabon’s virgin forests. During this expedition the photographer and conservationist Nick Nichols from National Geographic took his famous pictures of surfing hippos and elephants on the beach. Travelling to Gabon and visiting Loango National Park means discovering one of Africa’s best spots to observe jungle fauna. Nature and wildlife fanatics will not be disappointed: long days of trekking will be rewarded with the sight of wild creatures in their own pristine environment. The experience will transport you back to a time when Mother Earth – not humans – ruled the land.
Situated between the Nkomi and Ndogo Lagoons, Loango National Park has an extension of 1.550 km of savannah, pristine beach (100 km of uninhabited coast), forest and mangroves are a must-see in Gabon. Travelling to Gabon and visiting Loango National Park offers breathtaking panoramas and the unique opportunity to observe African jungle animals in their natural habitats. Gabon ranks amongst the highest wildlife density holding countries in the world. During your safaris in Loango national park you have a chance to see amongst others: the smaller forest elephant, red forest buffalo, red river hogs with furry ears, the slender snouted crocodiles, sitatunga, duikers, a variety of monkeys, a huge array of birds, humpback whales, dolphins, hippos, western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees.
Special wildlife months in Loango National Park: In the rainy season, from approximately September to May, you can view forest elephants and red forest buffalos roaming on the beaches of Loango National Park, a sighting not found easily in today’s world. From mid-July to mid-September is the best period for humpback whale watching.The largest concentration and variety of whales and dolphins after South Africa. Humpback Whales and even Killer Whales are often easily observed. From October to February is the turtle nesting season. Western lowland gorillas can be seen all year around in Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Sanctuary. Western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild can only be seen by chance though there is a habituation process in progress. Last but not least the famous ‘surfing hippos’ are best seen in January, though chances are slim. It will always be possible to see them in the lagoons and rivers inside Loango National Park.
ORGANISING YOUR TRIP TO GABON’S LOANGO NATIONAL PARK
Middle-Africa organises travel tours to Gabon’s Loango National Park all year around. Please feel free to contact us at any time. Middle-Africa is a travel agency specialised in Gabon and Central African destinations. Our team of expert guides will help you discover amazing places such as Loango National Park.