• Gabon elephants by Anderson Expeditions
  • Gabon elephants by Anderson Expeditions

Itinerary Summary

13 Days
December & July
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
13 Days £11885 December & July Gabon Small Group Safari
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Gabon: Jungle & Beach Explorer

Unparalleled beauty ranges across Gabon's varying landscapes, with unexplored wilderness as far as the eye can see. Rolling savannahs and impenetrable rainforests shelter large gatherings of colobus, chimpanzee, and lowland gorillas, whilst a labyrinth of entangled mangroves frame the glistening coast forming a hotspot for migrating sea turtles, humpback whales, and hippos surfing the waves. This unforgettable expedition showcases some of the best of equatorial Africa, a surreal experience plummeting you into a lost world of idyllic wilderness. Gabon is, without a doubt, a must-see destination for everyone with a spirited interest in the natural world.  

Join us in a relatively unexplored part of Africa for a small-group frontier jungle travel experience that offers encounters with an array of wildlife in varied habitats from dense rainforest to open savannah, from rushing rivers to white-sand beaches. Gabon is an undiscovered Eden not to be missed. Explore Lope National Park, starting with a scenic train journey, before venturing to both North and South Loango National Park tracking the forest and coastline. 

Gabon is a remarkable wilderness, with an impressive 11.25% of the country proclaimed as national parkland. This is a land of incredible wildlife, including lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, and huge troops of mandrills, while turtles and whales traverse the unspoilt Atlantic coast. The wildlife is truly wild here, completely unhabituated and perfect for a jungle vacation. Patience is required but rewarded.

‘My time guiding in Gabon was one of the most truly unique wilderness experiences of my time on the continent. Forest elephants, lowland gorillas and rugged coastline make for a truly different experience...’

NWS Founder & CEO Will Bolsover

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What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Track the Western Lowland Gorillas in North Loango National Park
  • 1st class scenic train journey to Lope National Park
  • Beach mobile camp set up in South Loango National Park
  • Explore the habitat of the very rarely seen water chevrotain
  • 15km forest walk to the Rembo Ngowe River

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A 13-day small group jungle wilderness experience in Gabon -
from $15,807 per person, excluding gorilla permits and international flights.


Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Libreville

On arrival free time to explore the city and its palm lined seafront boulevard.

Overnight Accommodation: Résidence Hôteliére du Phare

Day 2

Libreville - Pongara National Park

Scenic train journey to Pongara National Park in 1st Class.

Days 3-4

Pongara National Park

Two days exploring Pongara National Park. Located just an hour's drive from Libreville, Pongara is one of Africa's most pristine coastlines and is singularly distinguished by a remarkable diversity of primates, plants and birds. Travel along the shimmering estuary as it veins through mangrove forests and flooded swamps keeping an eye out for arboreal monkeys peering down from lofty treetops, and forest elephants and hippos wading in slow-moving lagoons. The National Park is an important refuge to small herds of forest buffalo and elephant, red river hog and the elusive leopard. The National Park's marine reserve often remains full of action following the arrival of humpback whales and dolphins mid-year, Pongara’s beaches come to life amidst thousands of nesting sea turtles coming to shore.

Day 5

Pongara National Park - South Loango National Park

Scenic train journey to South Loango National Park in 1st Class.

Day 6

South Loango National Park

Domestic flights to Gamba, via Port Gentile (flights included). On arrival, transfer to Ndogo Lagoon for a 90 min boat ride to Sette Cama Adventure Camp.

Overnight Accommodation: Sette Cama Camp

Days 7-9

Loango National Park

Three days exploring the forest and coastline, with one night spent in a simple mobile camp, usually set up on the beach. Loango National Park is famous for its Beachcomber forest elephants and surfing hippos that roam its wild coastline, although these sort of beach encounters aren’t an everyday occurence. What you will find is mangrove forests, mirrored waterways, speckled tidal lagoons and a vast track of savannah. This is pristine wilderness at it’s best, home to vast herds of forest elephant, forest buffalo, monkeys, chimpanzee, red river hogs, hippo, sitatunga, duiker, crocodile and hundreds of bird species that sweep across the landscape.

Overnight Accommodation: Sette Cama Camp

Day 10

South Loango National Park - North Loango National Park

A 15 km forest walk to the Rembo Ngowe River.

Overnight Accommodation: Akaka Forest Camp

Day 11

North Loango National Park

Day tracking Western Lowland Gorillas.  In the north of Loango you’ll have the opportunity to trek to see Western lowland gorillas. Like elsewhere in Gabon, this is an experience for the adventurous, hiking through rain forests, wading through swamps or lakes, and climbing over mangroves in your quest to reach the gorillas. Expect to get wet (in terms of footwear, crocs are as useful as hiking boots on this trek). Tourist visits to the gorillas in Loango are limited to one group of 4 people per day, three days per week.

Overnight Accommodation: Loango Lodge

Day 12

North Loango National Park

A day exploring areas of mixed habitat to look specifically for the very rarely seen water chevrotain.

Overnight Accommodation: Loango Lodge

Day 13

North Loango National Park - Libreville

Transfer by road from Loango to Port Gentile in time for domestic flight (flights included) to Libreville to connect with your onward international flight home.


Radisson Blu Libreville. The Radisson Blu Okoume Palace Hotel, Libreville boasts a scenic location by the Atlantic Ocean, providing quick beach access and gorgeous views. Guest accommodations feature designer furnishings and convenient elements such as mini bars and 24 hour room service Restaurant Olatano and Restaurant Amaya provide delicious dining opportunities onsite, and 2 stylish bars offer a place to socialize over drinks.

Lopé Camp. Located in Lope National Park, with views of Mount Brazza, Lope Camp overlooks the beautiful Ogooué River. Rooms are air-conditioned
with private bathrooms - we love the views from the swimming pool and private terrace!

Sette Cama Camp. Set in a clearing in the coastal scrub forest, the rustic Sette Cama Adventure Camp is a collection of simple, twin configuration, ensuite air conditioned, wooden chalets and a main living area overlooking the Ndogo Lagoon. A 350 m track behind the camp leads to an endlessly deserted beach. The camp is a full-service facility which includes a stocked bar, tea and coffee station, and set menu meals.

Akaka Forest Camp. Akaka Forest Camp is nestled deep in the jungle at the crossing of the Ngowe and Echira rivers. There are 5 comfortable tents, each with 2 single beds, ensuite bathroom with ( shower, basin and toilet, mounted on a platform with private terrace facing the forest. Delicious meals are prepared onsite, while guests embrace the bewitching views of the waterway outside the restaurant and the bar’s expansive terrace under incredible night skies.

Loango Lodge. Located in the northern part of Loango National Park on Iguela Lagoon, Loango Lodge’s wonderful setting offers uninterrupted views over the water and national park. Accommodation is in comfortable wooden bungalows with private terraces and ensuite facilities.


Seasonal Changes

Please note due to seasonal changes guests will only be able to encounter mandrills during our July departures of this trip. During December, Gabon departures will be able to spot nesting sea turtles and hatchlings throughout the beaches of the National Parks, alongside elephants and hippos which venture out onto the sands during this time of year.

Trip Details

This safari is a small group departure with a maximum of six travellers.

SOLO TRAVELLER? There is no single supplement for this trip. 


Trip date Duration Prices from
Dec 04 - Dec 16 2022 13 Days £11885

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