Loango National Park

Loango, one of the most beautiful sites on the coast of Africa, is home to the legendary “surfing hippos”, which swim in the warm equatorial waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The naturalist Mike Fay has called Loango ‘Africa’s Last Eden’.

Loango National Park – Wikipedia

  • The park protects diverse coastal habitat, including part of the 220 km² Iguéla Lagoon, the only significant example of a typical western African lagoon system that is protected within a national park.
  • The park’s 1,550 km of savanna, pristine beach, forest and mangroves offers breathtaking panoramas and the unique opportunity to observe elephants, buffalos, hippos, gorillas and leopards venturing onto the white sand beaches.
  • After South Africa, the world’s largest concentration and variety of whales and dolphins can be found right off the Loango coast. The area has over 100 kilometres of uninhabited coastline and humpback and killer whales are easy to observe here.

    Gabon tour operator pulls plug on Africa’s Eden after aviation row

    As an untouched West African paradise where hippos play in the Atlantic surf and buffaloes and elephants parade on the beach, little-visited Gabon had been marked out as a rising eco-tourism star. But foreign visitors may have to leave Africa’s last Eden after the country’s largest tour operator said it was abandoning its business there following a simmering row with authorities in the oil-rich nation.

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