Gnarled trees, Gabon

Gabon Holidays

Gabon is home to vast expanses of unexplored wilderness in the heart of Africa. Yet, whilst most places on Earth have long since been explored, the forests of this area have remained wild and out of reach. These forests contain a fabulous wealth and variety of flora and wildlife including forest elephants, lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and mandrills, as well as wonderful birdlife.

A Little More About Gabon

We are now running a pioneering group tour to Ivindo and Loango national parks, in January 2019. For more information, click here.

However, for the time being, we are not offering tailor-made trips to Gabon. Although a safe destination that is home to an almost unrivalled array of wildlife, it is lacking in tourist infrastructure and has yet to realise its potential. For most people who are keen to experience the West African jungle, a visit to the neighbouring Republic of Congo, particularly Odzala National Park, is a much better option.

Gabon gained massive exposure in the press about ten years ago as an exceptional wilderness destination. Intrepid travellers hoped to see elephants roaming along remote beaches and hippos surfing in the sea. In truth, the reality on the ground did not live up to the hype, but if you are patient and lucky the rewards can be great.

SOME IDEAS FOR A GABON HOLIDAY

  • Visit Gabon’s coastal park, South Loango and spot forest elephants where the trees meet the Atlantic. As wildlife roams the beaches, discover why this country is known as ‘Africa’s Last Eden’.
  • Explore Ivindo National Park, home to Langoue Bai - a wide forest clearing that attracts all kinds of jungle wildlife

Swathes of forest, vast lagoons and a limited road network make Gabon a challenging country to travel in. However, safety is rarely a concern, thanks to the country's stable reputation and fast-developing infrastructure. In recent years, a huge amount of road building has taken place. This means that main roads are usually of a good standard, but smaller roads are still poor and can quickly become impassable during the rainy season.

Gabonese cuisine certainly has a strong French influence, evident in the popularity of baguettes and quiches. Staple foods in the more rural areas can range from cassava, rice and yams to smoked fish and stuffed crab. For those with a sweet tooth the Gabonese customary dessert of baked bananas will not disappoint. 

Home to the western lowland gorilla and nearly 200 other mammal species and 600 species of birds, you can, if timed well, expect to see great wildlife sightings in Gabon. Whale season spans July to September, and between November and January you can expect to see turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. In Loango National Park you can expect to see the smaller forest elephants, red forest buffalo, red river hogs, crocodiles and a huge variety of monkeys. 

Gabon’s dry season tends to be from May to September followed by its rainy season. Another short dry season spans the Christmas period, before the rains return. Although average temperatures only reach 25 °C, the humidity, which can be as high as 80%, makes it feel much hotter.

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