Western Lowland Gorilla Trekking in Gabon
Gabon, a natural resource-rich country, is a predominately French-speaking west African country. Bisected by the equator, Gabon’s beaches, national parks, waterfalls and cultural attractions appeal to visitors of all ages. Travelers might be best served by booking a tour, as Gabon might be difficult to navigate for independent tourists.
Gabon is a country of a small population and enjoys a reputation as one of the most stable nations in Africa with population of western lowland gorillas in its 13 national parks, chimpanzee and forest elephants populate the dense interior of forests, while whales, turtles and surfing hippo can be seen on the coastline. As with any wild animals, sightings are not guaranteed and there are specific seasons to visit.
The first park to attempt the habituation of a gorilla troop was Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, and tourists can now track them deep into the forest on foot. Other parks with gorillas include Ivindo and coastal Loango National Park, although tourist infrastructure in both places is minimal.
Attractions in Gabon
Gabon is a rewarding travel destination with well-developed attractions around the country. The main tourist attractions in Gabon are wildlife safaris, nature treks and national parks and it is a gem of a destination for the adventurous traveler who doesn’t mind roughing it and below are the attractions that one should not miss out.
Gorilla trekking in the wild
After the briefing you will depart by boat and then enter the forest on foot following a team of Pygmy master-trackers whose daily task is to track the western lowland gorilla silver back, and his family, including two youngsters.
Once contact is made with the gorilla group, you will have the chance to observe them from to 10-15 meters. It is an incredible experience watching these great apes in their natural habitat, doing what gorillas do.
Visiting Gorilla Sanctuary
During your stay with Africa’s Eden it is possible to visit the the
Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project and the project is located on Evengue island, which is a 45 min boat drive from Omboué. They will share their knowledge with you on the low-land gorilla and critical threats to their survival in the wild, including the bush meat crisis. Afterwards one of the guides can accompany you on a bush walk leading to our first gorilla family where you can spend some time with animals that cannot be rehabilitated fully. A boat can take you to a sanctuary island where the first generation of fully rehabilitated gorillas is living independently.
Safaris in Loango National Park
Safaris in a 4×4 jeep are an easy and comfortable way to view the park and its wildlife. On a drive one generally is able to spot large mammals including buffalo, elephant, red river hogs and sitatunga. In the rainy season from November to April, you can find large mammals roaming freely on the beach.
Get active on the Beaches
The best beaches for peace and quiet are the deserted beaches of pointe Denis and Ekwata in Gabon,s north, and mayumba and sette Cama in the south. Both Port-Gentil and Libreville have beaches equipped for water skiing
Popular among European visitors, many of Gabon,sriver and lakes offer excellent catches, though local fishermen can find the largest variety of fish along the country,s 900km Atlantic coast and in numerous lagoons located at the mouth of river Ogooue.