mangroves

savannah

rainforest

coastal

forest gallery

wild about gabon

Africa as you’ve never seen her before. Thrilling wilderness safaris, expeditions and adventure treks. Sometimes by 4 x 4 wheel drive  — other times by drift boat, pirogue or by foot. But always low-impact and without jostling crowds. Only moving landscapes interspersed with an abundance of wildlife — the largest gathering of forest elephants, western lowland gorillas and mandrills on the African continent.

With only exclusively-located coastal bungalows and low-impact safari camps either erected or suspended in the midst of extraordinary scenery, you are experiencing all things wild in their natural splendour. Here is our bucket list, which you can experience either on a 3-day trek or as an extended safari.  Our ‘low-impact’ groups never exceed 6-10 adults although the safaris can be customised for single travellers or couples with a Gabonese guide.  

An adventure like no other.

tracking primates

Track collared mandrills and visit the SEGC Field Station, where you can learn more about the troops. Also follow the trail to the habitats of mandrills with our expert tracker [we only allow four guests on any single day to view them]. On a night time safari of the savannah, you will see the park’s nocturnal creatures including the golden cat and the African civet before returning to camp.                                                

  • Where:                Lopé National Park
  • Camp:                  Moabi Tented Camp  
  • Group:                 Low-impact up to eight guests    

jungle expedition

Retrace the epic Megatransect expedition and view the ‘lost natural world’ at Langoué baï one of Central Africa’s five most important forest clearings. Watch WCS Gabon conservationists track and collate data on the forest elephants and watch the largest gathering of forest mammals from the baï’s observation platform, also a place where you can camp. Close to Kongou, you can trek into the heart of Ivindo’s rainforest and sleep at a ‘nature’ camp by the river.

  • Where:                 Ivindo National Park
  • Camp:                  Kongou Forest   
  • Group:                 Low-impact up to six adults                                                                                          

wonders of ivindo

Visit the Wonders of Ivindo: Kongou Falls and Mingouli Falls [Djidji is optional and requires an extended itinerary]. Blaze the trail in search of western lowland gorillas. Enjoy nature walks through the lush rainforest teeming with wildlife. Glide along the Ivindo River by pirogue and in a drift boat past wading elephants, buffalos and hippos. Sleep at a classic Gabonese ‘nature’ camp in Ivindo’s rainforest.

  • Where:                 Ivindo National Park
  • Camp:                  Kongou Forest
  • Group:                 Low impact up to six adults

gorilla treks

Trek the wild jungles of Loango National Park with an expert tracker and visit a family of protected western lowland gorillas known as the Atananga troop. The first to be habituated as part of the Loango Gorilla Project, no more than four guests can visit the troop at any given time, with treks also restricted to four times a week.  While on the trail, you will likely see other tree-dwelling monkeys and foraging forest elephants.

  • Where:                Loango National Park 
  • Camp:                 Loango Lodge or camps
  • Group:                Low-impact; up to four adults         

coastal wilderness

Enjoy a wilderness experience along mirrored estuaries amid hippos, crocodiles and varied birdlife is a highlight. Track the Atananga troop — a family of protected western lowland gorillas and the first to be habituated in Loango. View elephants in the forest and on the beach. Perhaps if you’re lucky, a surfing hippo or two. A wildlife safari trip to Loango’s savannah will also bring you as close to nature as possible. You can choose to stay at Loango Lodge or our satellite camps on the safari circuit [seasons apply].                             

  • Where:                 Loango National Park
  • Camp:                  There are four lodges and camps
  • Group:                 Low impact, up to 8 adults                                                         

marine exploration

Watch the largest migration of nesting sea turtles and visit a turtle hatchery. On a chartered boat excursion go whale watching in Pongara’s marine reserve.  Go on a nature walk and do some birdwatching. Take a drift boat through the estuary surrounded by hippos, forest elephants, birds and crocodiles. Track monkeys and chimpanzee high in the rainforest’s treetops. Your accommodation is right on the beachfront at Pongara Lodge.

  • Where:                 Pongara National Park
  • Lodge:                  Pongara Lodge
  • Group:                  Low impact, up to 12 adults

ogooué river

After a visit to Ivindo or Lopé  you can travel by road to Ndjole and onto Lambaréné. Here you can retrace the journey of Nobel-Prize laureate and medical missionary, Dr Albert Schweitzer at the Museum and stay at the Scheitzer Hospital Museum’s guest home. The following day, travel by a motorised pirogue along the Ogooué River to Omboué amid bathing hippos before completing the journey at Loango National Park.

  • Where:                Lambaréné  
  • Camp:                 Guest House
  • Group:                Low-impact; up to six adults         

ivindo

Accommodation and safari packages

pongara

Accommodation and safari packages

loango

Accommodation and safari packages

lopé

Accommodation and safari packages

sports fishing

Though sports fishing in Loango National Park is strictly ‘catch-and-release’ and limited to restricted areas, anglers will still enjoy one of the world’s most incredible fishing experiences. Our packages include accommodations at Loango Lodge; just 10 minutes by boat to the national park’s finest fishing locations along with exclusive safari options within Loango’s wilderness circuit. Additionally, we can assist with your entire travel arrangements including park transfers and overnight accommodation in Libreville, park and fishing permits as well as all meals, fishing equipment, safaris and other activities.

The rainy season from September to April offers the best catch — peaking between November to February.

  • Where:                Loango National Park
  • Camp:                  Loango Lodge
  • Group:                 Low impact up to eight adults

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special event

In the heart of Pongara National Park’s Atlantic shoreline is Pongara Lodge, a perfect place to celebrate any special event including birthdays, anniversaries, exclusive small meetings and incentives.

Catering up to 18 guests, and just a short trip from Libreville, there is plenty to experience; especially the beautiful coastline, rainforest and tracts of savannah. Just beyond the beach you can head out to sea on a chartered boat excursion and view pods of humpback whale during the migratory season or a little later during the nesting season, the arrival of leatherback sea turtles. Pongara’s private lodges will also provide you with exclusive views of the shoreline.

  • Where:               Pongara National Park
  • Lodge:                Pongara Lodge
  • Group:                Low impact up to 18 guests at Pongara Lodge

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