Located in the western part of Central Africa, Gabon is a beautiful country. It boasts gorgeous beaches and pristine rainforests, and is emerging as a unique eco-tourist destination. With around 10 percent of the country covered in lush wildlife-rich national parks, Gabon is a perfect retreat for lovers of nature and the great outdoors. But, that’s not all! Gabon also has a vibrant cultural scene, with diverse ethnic groups calling the country home, tasty dishes to wrap your mouths around, and a vibrant music scene.
Here are some top things to see and do that might just tempt you to visit glorious Gabon:
Loango National Park
Loango National Park, located on the stunning coast, has been called “Africa’s Last Eden”. Pretty impressive! Whales and dolphins can be seen swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, and it is not unusual to spot hippos walking through the waters! Magnificent elephants can also be seen roaming across the sands. Monkeys swing through the trees, and various bird species flit through the skies. A wonderland where conservation and tourism go hand in hand and where the ocean meets forests, savannas, and wetlands, it really is a top spot for seeing an exciting array of wildlife and relaxing.
For more conventional beach stays, the beaches around Port-Gentil and Libreville are ideal.
Bateke Plateau National Park
Home to a vast variety of flora and fauna, the spectacular Bateke Plateau National Park also has a large number of natural resources. With savannas and dense shrublands, the park has some attractive landscapes to feast your eyes upon, with the magnificent plateaus positively breath-taking. Rivers and streams run through the park. Creatures that live in the park include elephants, lions, and monkeys.
The cascading falls of Kongou Falls are often said to be the Niagara Falls of Gabon. Often said to be the most spectacular waterfall in all of Central Africa, the waterfall is part of the diverse Ivindo National Park. With a width of more than three kilometres and a height of up to around 56 metres, it really is a sight to see. A powerful waterfall, the small town of Makokou is the ideal base from which to appreciate this jewel of nature.
Lambarene is a charming historic town with easy access to splendid nature. The town is perhaps best-known for its connections with Doctor Albert Schweitzer, a specialist in tropical diseases. Learn more about his work and advancements in treating tropical diseases with a visit to the interesting museum within the Schweitzer Hospital. Another local place of interest, enjoy a boat ride on the sparkling lake to spot hippos.
Lope National Park
Lope National Park offers excellent chances for you to get out and track nature along with a local guide. Follow the tracks of gorillas and monkeys, and spot an array of wildlife as you enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
Libreville is the capital city of Gabon. A lid-back city, stroll along the seafront and see the interesting sculptures that sit alongside the beach. The heart of the city is home to some interesting architecture, including the impressive Presidential Palace. Built in the 1970s, the opulent building features elements from Italian and Greek designs. There are nice beaches close to hand, perfect for relaxing and taking it easy, as well as a large tree sanctuary.