Loango National Park is located in western Gabon and offers a magnificent experience in the African wilderness. Nestled between the Nkomi and Ndogo Lagoons, the National Park is considered a true treasure on Africa’s western coast. The landscape is characterized by a pristine beach, forest, savanna, and mangroves, spanning over 380,000 acres. Part of the Iguéla Lagoon is protected by the National Park. Loango National Park boasts over 100 kilometres of untouched coastline, where killer whales and humpback whales are easy to spot. According to many naturalists, Loango is arguably one of the most beautiful places on the western coast of Africa—where wetlands, lagoons, savannas, forests, and oceans come together effortlessly. Léon M’ba International Airport in Libreville is the gateway to Gabon and its national parks, and it is approximately 284 kilometres from Libreville to Loango National Park.
The National Park boasts wildlife-rich forests, unspoiled coastline, and stunning lagoons and wetlands—all teeming with a myriad of wildlife, fish, reptiles, and marine animals. Loango Extensive panoramas make for epic photo opportunities in Loango and are home to elephants, buffalos, hippos, gorillas and leopards, some even venturing onto the beaches. Furthermore, Loango is world-renowned for its record-size tarpon as well as much other saltwater fish. Loango National Park is one of the few sites in the world where habituated, wild western lowland gorillas can be seen.
Loango is an ideal destination any time of year, meaning there is something for every nature enthusiast. The rainy season is from November to April, while July to September is considered whale season. Turtle season is from October to February.
In Loango National Park, safari enthusiasts can enjoy a whole host of activities. Guests can embark on a journey into the forests around the lodges in the park, or book a traditional game drive—a great way to spot the resident wildlife such as elephants, red river hogs, and sitatunga. Whale watching is popular between July and September, while turtle season is something worthwhile seeing. Guests can venture out with their eco-guides in search of some of the nesting leatherback turtles. For something truly unique, safari enthusiasts can go on a rare trek to find the habituated Western Lowland Gorillas of Loango.
The National Park has three separate accommodation options. The Loango Lodge consists of seven luxurious bungalows, each with a private terrace and most with a stunning view of the tranquil river and the national park. Additionally, the lodge boasts a swimming pool, a poolside bar, a restaurant, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. The two other camps offer comfortable tented accommodation, with twin beds, ensuite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and private terraces.