TRAVEL EXPERIENCE IN GABON
Middle-Africa is a travel agency specialised in organising 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. Get ready to travel to Gabon with us!
TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS OF GABON
Gabon ranks amongst the highest wildlife density holding countries in the world. Planning your trip to Gabon means discovering some of the best jungle protected areas in Africa. In total, there are 13 national parks in Gabon, but not all the parks are easy to access. In Middle-Africa travel agency we can organize travel expeditions to all of Gabon’s parks, but we propose Loango National Park, Lopé National Park, Ivindo National Park, and Pongara National Park as the best ones to observe fauna and enjoy. The National Geographic naturalist Mike Fay has referred to Loango National Park, as ‘Africa’s Last Eden’. This is also where the photographer and conservationist Nick Nichols from National Geographic took his famous pictures of surfing hippos and elephants on the beach. The park’s 1.550 km of savannah, pristine beach, forest and mangroves are a must-see in Gabon. Loango National Park offers breathtaking panoramas and the unique opportunity to observe forest elephants, buffalos, hippos, gorillas and leopards venturing onto the white sand beaches. During your safaris in Loango National Park you have a chance to see the little-known African jungle fauna. From mid-July to mid-September, humpback whales visit the waters in front of Loango National Park as they migrate from their low-latitude summer feeding grounds to more tropical mating and calving areas. Pongara National Park is situated in 2 hours south of Libreville, and it is the easiest park to visit. The observation of big mammals cannot be assured but most of our clients have observed forest elephants and chimpanzees. We organize boat trips to Nyonie base camp on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. From Nyonie jungle and savannah safaris can be organized. Lopé National Park is Gabon’s most visited and famous park. The international reputation of the Lopé stems from the scientific research done on gorillas and chimpanzees. In October 2001, the Mikongo camp opened to develop international tourism aimed at the observation of gorillas in the forest. A remote nature travel destination in Gabon is Ivindo National Park. The main attraction of Ivindo is Langoué Bai, a natural clearing in the middle of the jungle where gorillas, bongo antelopes, and forest elephants can be observed. Arrangements to get to Langoué Bai must be made well in advance since there is limited access to that part of Ivindo National Park.
Together with the natural areas, travelling to Gabon offer you the possibility of discovering interesting colonial towns such as Lambarené where you can visit the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, situated on the bank of the Ogooué River and founded by Dr. Schweitzer in 1913. Lambarené is surrounded by magnificent natural lakes that can be explored by boat. In cultural terms Gabon is rich in rituals such as the Bwiti practiced by Bantu and Babongo Pygmy peoples. Bwiti use the hallucinogenic rootbark of the Iboga plant, to induce a spiritual enlightenment, stabilize community and family structure, meet religious requirements and to solve problems of a spiritual and/or medical nature.
ORGANISING YOUR TRIP TO
Middle-Africa organises travel tours to Gabon all year around. Please feel free to contact us at any time.