Loango National Park


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Aerial view Loango
Aerial view Loango
About Loango National Park
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Parks total area:
1550 km² (600 mi²)
Year established:
2002
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • Known as the land of the surfing hippos, need we say more?
  • Excellent destination choice for those wishing to visit unexplored terrain.
  • Some of the best whale watching in all of Africa
  • Monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas are all found here.

Establsihed in 2002, Loango National Park is one of the newer national parks in Africa. It is 1550 km² (600 mi²) in size and is located on the western shores of Gabon. Prior to its establishment in 2002, not much has been recorded on the dense forests and pristine beaches of western Gabon, and this park is still in its early days of tourism. While Loango does not offer a standard safari experience where one would ride in a Land Rover to view large game, it does offer a glimpse at what has been referred to as ‘Africa’s last Eden’. For those who are willing to trek hours in hot, humid conditions, often through dense foliage, they will be rewarded with stunning vistas of mangroves, dense forest and white, sandy beaches where one of the world’s largest population of humpback whales can be observed. The forests of Gabon are home to many species of primate and are an excellent location for those wishing to observe gorillas, monkeys and chimpanzees.
 

When is the best time to visit Loango National Park?

As with many other countries in Africa, Gabon has a wet and a dry season. The rainy season is from approximately September to May, with February through April being the long, wet season. October through March are the best times for turtle viewing and also for viewing any wildlife on the beaches. June through September marks the dry season, with July through November being the best months for whale watching.  
Loango National Park is recommended for intrepid travelers. Most of the safaris are done on foot or by boat, and the conditions are hot, sticky and often through dense bush and foliage. Tourism is very much in its nascent stages and most lodging options are very basic in comparison to most western standards. The general infrastructure is not well-developed and travel can take much longer than anticipated. It is also advisable that people planning to visit Loango allocate a minimum of two weeks.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Feb 13, 2015   |   Visited: Aug 2012.
This is a very primal unique area in Africa where chimps and gorillas lope through the jungle shadows and is within earshot of the pounding surf. Without moving your feet on the seashore, you can watch whales and elephants. As a water baby, it filled me up with the love of the sea and the love of the bush at one time. read more

I saw

Lowland gorilla
Elephant
Hippopotamus
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 21, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
Overall our stay in Loango National Park was a very good trip, thanks to the birds and other wildlife, mild weather (July is the best month) and very pleasant ambiance and good French cuisine at the Lodge. Bob, the owner, had renovated Loango Lodge very nicely and we were quite comfortable there (although it would be good if they would put more screens on the bunga... read more

I saw

Elephant
Hippopotamus
Nile crocodile
African buffalo
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Safari suitability: 5 / 10
This park does not have much of the big five, but for the intrepid traveler, this is a safari paradise with oodles of unexplored territory.
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Animals you can find

Leopard
Leopard
Chameleon
Chameleon
Dik dik
Dik dik
Mongoose
Mongoose
Warthog
Warthog
Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus
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Beaches
Beaches
Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Bush walks
Bush walks
Cultural / Tribal visits
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Photography
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