Loango National Park is on the Atlantic coast of Gabon, in Central Africa.
It protects wilderness areas of beach, forest, savanna, and wetlands around the Iguela Lagoon. Mammals in the park include forest elephants, lowland gorillas, buffalo, leopards and hippos. Large pods of humpback whales, orcas and dolphins swim offshore. Rare bird species include the Loango weaver and African river martin.Did you know: National Geographic Magazine called Loango "the land of the surfing hippos" in a 2004 article on the park.
Lopé National Park is a national park in central Gabon. Although the terrain is mostly rain forest, in the north the park contains the last remnants of grass savannas created in Central Africa during the last Ice Age, 15,000 years ago.
The park contains a small research station, named as Mikongo and run by the Zoological Society London, based in the village known as Mikongo, from which it gets its name. There exists infrastructure to cater for tourists at the base, including several chalets and a large open air dining room, from which the rainforest is a mere five meters away. The park also hosts CEDAMM Training Centre, a Wildlife Conservation Society-run international conservation education center.
Lekedi Park is a relatively new animal reserve on the eastern side of the country near the Republic of Congo.
The park was established on land that previously housed mineral miners. It is now an animal reserve with housing for visitors to stay and explore with a guide. Visitors can see buffalo (not the American type), impalas, chimps, wild boar, various types of birds, and a gang of mandrills.
Gabon’s third-largest national park, Moukalaba-Doudou, 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. While the Doudou Mountains were logged from the 1960s until the 1980s, 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.