Moukalaba-Doudou National park

Moukalaba-Doudou National park-Gorilla Trekking Tours in Gabon

Moukalaba-Doudou National Park is third largest national park in Gabon and covers an area of 4,500 km2, is a rugged area with a diverse range of habitats, from tropical rainforest and grassy savannahs to papyrus swamps. West of the Moukalaba River and east of the Ndogo Lagoon are the Doudou Mountains. This is the largest mountain range in southwestern Gabon, reaching an altitude of approximately 700m and the area is now completely uninhabited with an estimated population of almost 5,000 chimpanzees and gorillas, Moukalaba-Doudou has some of the highest densities of primates in Gabon, making it one of the country’s most promising gorilla tourism sites.

The park is also a remarkable area for birders as more than 380 species of birds have been spotted here and the region is also a place of refuge of migratory birds such as shallow,stork from cobe of Vassa, including the vermiculated fishing owl, black-backed barbet, black-headed batis, fiery-breasted bush shrike, brown twin spot and some rare swallows.

When is the best time to visit Moukalaba-Doudou National Park

The best time of the year to see primates is during the dry season, which stretches from May to September. The rainy season runs from October to April and is the preferred time for bird watching

Activities within the park

Travelers to Moukalaba-Doudou 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 Moukalaba-Doudou National Park

Primate tracking

Western lowland gorilla trekking is organized around the village of Doussala as major activity in park by experienced guides and has an estimated population of about 5,000 chimpanzees and gorillas which is one of the highest densities of primates in Gabon and grants tourist with a unique opportunity to observe our closest animal relatives in the wild

Bird watching

The park is also a remarkable area for birders as more than 380 species of birds have been spotted here, including the vermiculited fishing owl, black-backed barbet, black-headed batis, fiery-breasted bush shrike, brown twins pot and some rare swallows and the rainy season which runs from October to April is the preferred time for bird watching.

Wildlife watching

Home to the endangered forest elephants, and the only place in Gabon where you can see herds of water buck, reed buck, jackal and the hippos enjoy wallowing in the rivers of the Nyanga River.