At a glance

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Gabon Wildlife Camps [GWC] is a Gabonese-based destination management company, which operates and manages a diverse portfolio of safari camps and guided wildlife adventures in four major national parks in partnership with Agence Nationale Des Parcs Nationaux Du Gabon [ANPN]. We tailor all-inclusive safari excursions [including transfers], treks and special interest packages including direct access to conservation initiatives and field research programs either as a single park or multiple-park experience.

We also offer exclusive itineraries for couples and special interest groups of up to eight-10 people. If you’re travelling independently within Gabon’s entire national park network, we can customise an all-inclusive safari at one of our camps for a minimum of two-three days.

watch us

Welcome to Parcs Gabon Wildlife Camps. Join us in this video presentation as we unveil some of the extraordinary experiences ever to be enjoyed on an equatorial safari in Gabon — one of the most pristine, peaceful and ecologically significant eco-destinations on the African continent.

C’est la fête. 

our locations

Our camps and bungalows are located in four major parks across three distinct regions stretching from the Atlantic coast to the Congo Basin at the border Republic of the Congo.

They include Pongara National Park [coastal, rainforest and small patches of savannah], Loango National Park [coastal, rainforest and savannah], Ivindo National Park [rainforest] and Lopé National Park [rainforest and savannah]. The closest national park to the Gabonese Republic’s [République gabonaise] vibrant capital, Libreville is Pongara National Park, just 45 minutes by boat.

seasons

Gabon is on show year-round and has two distinct rainy seasons.

Because of Gabon’s location on the equator and tropical climate, the temperature and humidity is high [averaging 29 °C] though the coastal climate is less extreme due to the trade winds. Nevertheless, the country’s equatorial climate influences the long rainy seasons between February and May and October to December but there is a respite from the heat. The region surrounding its 855 km coastline is not as extreme due to West Africa’s seasonal trade winds. It is still important to remember that the more mountainous regions can get cold during the nights in winter.

wildlife viewing

Wildlife viewing is spectacular all-year-round but is more concentrated during the wet seasons. Primate and large mammal viewing [forest elephant, gorillas, hippo, buffalo] is best during the extended rainy seasons between September and December and February and May.

The short dry seasons occur between June to September and December and January and both provide excellent wildlife viewing. Visit the largest gathering of mandrills during July-August in Lopé. Along the beaches of Pongara and Loango, the best time to view nesting sea turtles is between November and March. From June to August is the breeding season for migrating whales and dolphins.

language

Gabonese speak French and Fang, however, there are 10 linguistic groups among the different ethnic groups. 

Though our transport guides in Libreville are fluent in French, most speak basic English. Your travel documents will contain all of the information required including your arrival, overnight stay, your hotel transfer arrangements and your journey to the national park camp and in-park  safari experiences.

Our highly-skilled park guides within the park network also speak fluent French and some English, and are expert trackers. You will be given safety instructions at all times.

seasons

Gabon is on show year-round and has two distinct rainy seasons.

Because of Gabon’s location on the equator and tropical climate, the temperature and humidity is high [averaging 29 °C] though the coastal climate is less extreme due to the trade winds. Nevertheless, the country’s equatorial climate influences the long rainy seasons between February and May and October to December but there is a respite from the heat. The region surrounding its 855 km coastline is not as extreme due to West Africa’s seasonal trade winds. It is still important to remember that the more mountainous regions can get cold during the nights in winter.

wildlife viewing

Wildlife viewing is spectacular all-year-round but is more concentrated during the wet seasons. Primate and large mammal viewing [forest elephant, gorillas, hippo, buffalo] is best during the extended rainy seasons between September and December and February and May.

The short dry seasons occur between June to September and December and January and both provide excellent wildlife viewing. Visit the largest gathering of mandrills during July-August in Lopé. Along the beaches of Pongara and Loango, the best time to view nesting sea turtles is between November and March. From June to August is the breeding season for migrating whales and dolphins.

return transfers

Regardless of the national park you plan to travel to from Libreville, your itinerary will not only be meticulously planned from start to finish, but your safety and enjoyment will always remain at the forefront of any safari experience.

So rest well in Libreville. Pack light and wear clothes for comfort. Also bring with you additional bottles of water, snacks and your camera, which you should keep handy for impromptu snaps. Our guides and carriers will do all the rest. That includes overseeing the handling of your baggage, assisting with transfers and ensuring that your tickets on all public transport to the national park [plane, train or boat] are in order.

As the rainy season can create unexpected hazards and obstacles on the road, the journey can be quite challenging and requires patience. Travel can also become a little bumpy on the road. We will simply ask you to sit back and relax in the comfort of our GWC vehicle and enjoy the ever-changing scenery along the way.

things you need to know

Are you arriving in Gabon and joining Gabon Wildlife Camps & Safaris for the first time? If so, let us walk you through the steps. In this short video presentation, we will outline some important travel information that you need to be aware of. As for your travel arrangements in the national parks we operate and manage, just leave the rest to us.

We look forward to hosting you.

cellular

Gabon’s primary mobile phone networks include:

  • AIRTEL
  • LIBERTIS Gabon Telecom

Please check with your phone carrier regarding the best available international roaming plans that includes unlimited data useage or travel SIMs which are compatable with Gabon’s telecommunication network.  

The country calling code to Gabon is 241. To make an international call within Gabon, the code is 00.

fitness

Though your primary mode of transport is in a 4 x 4 wheel drive, the programs will still require walking for several hours a day. When you set off to Ivindo the journey will also involve travelling by pirogue. For this reason, we recommend that your fitness levels and overall health are good. However, guests  who are over 65 years of age will be required to provide a health certificate to confirm their good health.

The challenge for most newcomers to Gabon is our steamy equatorial climate. To avoid dehydration and exhaustion, we will ensure  that you acclimatise to the humidity and that there is no pressure applied to any guest to ‘keep up’ with the group. You will also have plenty of scheduled rests and water along every journey.

libreville

The vibrant capital of Gabon is now a city on the move and makes a wonderful contrast to what you will experience in the national parks.

You will notice how Libreville has a modern rhythm to it yet its bustling street markets will also award you with a sample of local culture. During your overnight stay, there are several four-star hotels to choose from along with alternative accommodation to suit every budget. We can equally extend your city stay by request.

As with any city, we recommend that you exercise normal precautions; stay in the main areas, avoid drinking excess alcohol and take a taxi at night.

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pongara

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lopé

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