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Gabon, a country along the Atlantic coast of Central Africa, has significant areas of protected parkland. The forested coastal terrain of its famed Loango National Park shelters a diversity of wildlife, from gorillas and hippos to whales. Lopé National Park consists of mostly rainforest. Akanda National Park is known for its mangroves and tidal beaches.

Enchanting Tourist Destinations In Gabon That You Must Explore

1. Libreville

Libreville, which means a ‘Freetown’, is popular as the capital of Gabon and comprises about one third popular of the country. You can find here clean streets, incredible restaurants, paved roads, and spectacular gates communities. Eye-catching coastline of the country offers you an amazing view. Don’t miss shopping at fabulous markets in Liberville. Also, make it a point to pay visit to the National Museum, L’Eglise St. Michael Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, and many other worth-visiting places. You can spend a pleasant, relaxing time at Ekwata Island.

2. Loango National Park

Make sure you go for the best safari experience in Africa by visiting Loango National Park, which is the most noteworthy park in the 13 national park system. Watch the breathtaking lush green landscape and eye-catching wildlife in this fabulous park. This sprawling national park stretches about 200 km along the coastline and gains the fame of rare completely wild coastal regions. You can find enchanting lagoons, savannahs, forests, and wetlands. Don’t miss to watch amazing hippos, elephants, buffalos, gorillas, dolphins, and whales. Loango National Park is famous as one of the rare areas on this planet that offers these wild animals have access to the sea. You can participate in a ‘Catch and release fishing program’ organized at this park to catch and release marine creatures, such as rouge, sharks, barracuda, and other amazing fishes.

3. Lambarene

Plan to visit Lambaréné, a fabulous fishing town in Gabon located at about 75 km away from the exotic Central African Rainforest. Lambaréné is famous as the abode of the Bantu ethnic groups. This worth-visiting town gains popularity due to the presence of hospital constructed by Albert Schweitzer in 1913. Enjoy relaxing time and watch unique local life.

4. Pongara National Park

Visit attractive Pongara National Park that stretches about 900 sq. km. with a diverse landscape. It comprises exquisite savannah, mangrove flats, lush green forests, and beach areas. Also, Pongara National Park is an abode of a wide variety of bird species that also include the endangered Damara terns. You get to see wildlife, such as monkeys, chimpanzees, buffalo, duiker, elephants, and many other wild animals in this park. Make sure you visit Pongara Point, a exotic beach region which connects to sea and is highly popular for being the abode of threatened leatherback turtles, who crawls on the coast to lay eggs during the nesting period. Plan to visit this area between November and February to watch some outstanding programs designed to safeguard these endangered turtles and minimize human threats to them. Watch first and second burial spot of Chief Rapontchombo.

5. Fernan Vaz Lagoon

Fernan Vaz Lagoon is the hotspot in the spectacular Ogooué maritime area in Gabon. This area is involved in several conservation efforts. You can find a sanctuary and gorilla rehabilitation on the Gorilla Island here. You can find here fabulous Mission Saint Anne which is well-known for being constructed in 19th century. This church features a rusty red in color that makes it appear beautiful to the visitors. Watch outstanding views of forests and beaches as you walk on the area near the Fernan Vaz Lagoon.

6. Ivindo National Park

One of the most beautiful, the most remote, and noteworthy national parks in entire Central Africa is Ivindo National Park. Ivindo river is the highlighting feature of this national park which flows through the forest by generating some of the breathtaking waterfalls and rapids. Don’t miss enjoy pirogue lesson when visiting this park. Also, birders can find her greater than 430 species of birds, including the African grey parrots. Make sure you visit Langoué Bai, a fabulous land stretch abundant in mineral water.

7. Makokou & Kongou Falls

Makokou is a widely famous as the capital of the Ogooué-Ivindo area, and it is even more popular for being the gateway to the Kongou waterfalls, which is the must visit destination in Gabon. This 60 metre waterfall drop is an impressive site. Also, this falls holds a spiritual importance for the local residents there. Makokou is a village with pygmies residing in the surrounding village.

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