Loango National Park-western lowland gorilla Trekking Tours
Loango National Park is a national park in western Gabon, Situated between the Nkomi and Ndogo Lagoons; the Park is the true jewel of Africa’s western coast. The park’s 1,550 km² of savanna, pristine beach, forest and mangroves are a must-see in Gabon and the Park offers extensive panoramas and the opportunity to observe elephants, hippos, red forest buffalo, leopards, crocodiles, western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, sitatunga, duikers, a vast array of birds, a variety of different monkey species, and the world’s largest concentration of humpback whales and dolphins after South Africa.
After South Africa, the world’s largest concentration and variety of whales and dolphins can be found right off the Loango coast. The area has over 100 kilometers of uninhabited coastline and humpback and killer whales are easy to observe here. This is arguably the most beautiful spot on Africa’s western coast – the place where forests, savannas, wetlands, lagoons and ocean all come together. Loango is renowned worldwide as a site for tarpon of record size, as well as many other large saltwater fish.
Most of the exploring of the park is done by boat, on foot or from a vehicle. An adventurous 4 day trek can be done through the forest and along the beach ending at a gorilla research camp
Attractions in Loango National Park
Travelers to Loango National Park have a variety of activities to do depending on their travel interests and time. With no doubt, the park is Gabon’s most visited tour destination for most if not all travelers to the pearl of Africa and below are popular activities to do in Loango National Park
Gorilla trekking in the wild
This is the main activity where you enter the forest on foot following with 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.
You can venture out with one of our Eco-guides into the forest. On foot is one of the best ways to learn more about the diversity of the park. You can encounter wildlife such as elephants and buffalo, but even more so, discover the more inconspicuous forest animals and birds.
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.
Avid bird-watchers will not be disappointed on a laongo national park safari! This gray crowned crane was spotted in the heart of the Serengeti, Tanzania. Bring some good binoculars so you can spot the birds up in the canopies.
The point where the lagoon empties into the ocean contains some of the largest game fish in the world, making it an ideal spot for fishing – and only 10 minutes by boat from Loango lodge
This is Popular among European visitors, many of Gabon’s river 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.
From mid-July to mid-September, humpback whales visit the coastline of Loango National Park. Go out on a boat with our skipper to look for these impressive, playful mammals.