Explore the emerald green forests and pristine beaches of Africa’s Eden,
where the only footprints in the sand are from elephants, gorillas, and hippos…
Choose from 2 specialist tours
- Forest Elephant
- Western Lowland Gorilla
- Grey Duiker
- Forest Buffalo
- Red-capped Mangabey
- Red-river Hog
- Leatherback Turtle
- Humpback Whale
- Black-chinned Weaver
- Dja River Warbler
- Loango Weaver
- Gaboon Viper
- Green Mamba
Gabon is an Eden of Africa. A remote country of great rainforests, coastal lagoons, and seemingly endless beaches, it is a haven for iconic African wildlife, including forest elephants, chimpanzees, and gorillas. With 13 National Parks, covering 12% of the country, this little-visited country is perfect for experienced African travelers and those in search of a true wilderness experience.
Bridging Gabon’s open waters and its pristine forests is the famous Loango National Park. One of the most spectacular and environmentally intact coastlines in the world, this is the only place in the world where you can see hippos in the surf and elephants wandering the seemingly endless shoreline. This is Africa untamed and an exceptional wildlife destination for intrepid explorers.
- Search for forest elephants amongst the lagoons, forests and shorelines of Loango National park. Gabon has one of the largest populations of Forest Elephant in Central Africa.
- Search for several species of monkey in the forests of Lope and Loango National Parks, including Black Colobus and Red-capped Mangabey.
- Observe the world’s largest population of leatherback turtles nesting on Gabon’s beaches.
- Track large groups of Mandrills at Ledeki and Lope National Park and visit the sanctuary for gorillas and chimpanzees.
- Observe some of Africa’s and the world’s most spectacular birds including African Fish Eagle, Goliath Heron, Hamerkop, Grey Parrot, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Great Blue Turaco. Other impressive birds to be found include Long-tailed Hawk, Grey-necked Picathartes, Vermiculated Fishing Owl, and Black-headed and Rosy Bee-eater.
- Travel deep into the heart of the country to the forest clearing of Langoué Bai and encounter the forest elephants of Ivindo National Park.
- Explore Gabon’s coastal lagoons, with hippos, manatees, crocodiles, and tarpon all found within the protected waterways.
- Learn about the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lope National Park, known for its wildlife and anthropological value. Inhabited almost continuously for 400,000 years, Lopé includes artifacts of hunter-gatherer settlements, representing the oldest concentration of archaeological relics in central Africa.
- Travel deep into the forests of Ivindo National Park and discover Gabon’s waterfalls. These are some of the largest and most impressive in central Africa.
- Gabon has a typically equatorial climate, with seasonal rains between October and April. Daytime temperatures remain around 80 degrees Fahrenheit all year, although humidity can vary considerably.
- The long dry season is between May and September and this is the best time to visit as there are fewer insects, lighter rains, and the wildlife spotting is at its best. July is considered to be the best for birding and early September for mammal spotting. Humidity is higher though during this period.
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