Mayumba National Park is located on the coast of southwestern Gabon, close to the Congo border and the town of Mayumba. Mayumba National Park preserves 900 square kilometres of coastal water, as well as 60 kilometres of the world’s most important leatherback turtle nesting beaches. Long exposed sandy beaches and vast freshwater, tidal, or brackish lagoons characterize the Mayumba coastline. The Park boasts a diverse range of terrestrial creatures such as forest elephants, buffaloes, leopards, gorillas, chimps, antelopes, crocodiles, hippos, and various monkey species. It also extends 15 kilometres out to sea, safeguarding vital marine habitats for dolphins, sharks, and migrating humpback whales.
Monitor lizards, genet, mongoose, ghost crabs, and shorebirds are among the shoreline species seen on the beaches. Buffalo, elephants, and other wild animals can often be seen on the beaches and among the lush dune vegetation that lines the coast. The forest-savannah combination behind the dunes is home to mandrill, gorillas, chimpanzees, and other primates. Hippos and crocodiles are among the park's other inhabitants.
Rain is extremely unusual in June, July, and August, however from October to February, periodic downpours are most likely. During the yearly dry season, which runs from mid-May to mid-September, the weather varies. Temperatures can dip to roughly 19 degrees at night and 26 degrees during the day during this season.
Travellers to Mayumba National Park can see an array of wildlife and coastal animals. Mayumba is Gabon's turtle capital and between November and April, the country is home to the world's greatest population of nesting leatherback turtles. In the 80 kilometres between Mayumba town and the Congo border, upwards of 550 females may come ashore in a single night, with a density exceeding 20 females per kilometre in some spots. One of the main reasons the Park was established was to safeguard critically endangered leatherback turtles.
Mayumba National Park has no accommodation options. However, travellers visiting can find accommodation in Mayumba town. From Libreville to Gamba, there are practically daily flights. On Saturdays, a bush taxi runs directly from Gamba to Mayumba.
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