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Gabon Safaris

Gabon is unapologetically wild and enchanting – a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Celebrated as ‘Africa’s Last Living Eden’, Gabon offers an unrivalled wealth of some of Africa’s most spectacular biodiversity and supports an exceptional abundance of undiscovered wildlife experiences with outstanding and incomparable eco-adventures. 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.

Why NWS for your Gabon Safari?

NWS originally started as World Primate Safaris back in 2005; when it comes to primates we are the experts with a long history of sending clients on transformative gorilla tracking expeditions. Our CEO and Founder Will Bolsover spent many years in the jungles of Central and East Africa, working in the gorilla parks of Uganda and Rwanda he Eastern Lowland Gorilla and Mountain Gorilla parks of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and tracking the chimpanzees of Tanzania in Mahale and Gombe. Our team of destination specialists have extensive experience tracking gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, the Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic. He was the first person to lead gorilla treks in Gabon working with Emmanuel de Merode who now runs Virunga National Park in DRC Thanks to our in-depth knowledge of the gorillas and what constitutes a top-class gorilla tracking safari, we are recognised as one of the leading authorities in gorilla tourism, awarded by both Travel+Leisure and Conde Nast for our expertise in this area.

Here at Natural World Safaris, our team of specialists can create tailor-made itineraries that are designed to meet your specific needs and interests. Whether you want to go on a wildlife safari, explore the country's culture, or simply relax on the beach, we can create an itinerary that is perfect for you. We are committed to responsible travel and sustainable tourism. Working closely with local communities and conservation organisations, we ensure that our trips have a positive impact on the environment and local people of Gabon.

How Much Does Gabon Cost?

For a 9-day safari in Gabon, we recommend a starting price of £13k per person. This will generally include gorilla permits, accommodation and private guides. Contact us to be added to the waitlist for future trips.

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The Gabon Safari Experience

A Gabon safari offers a unique and unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The country is home to dense tropical rainforests, coastal lagoons, and pristine beaches, which provide habitats for a diverse range of wildlife, including gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, buffalo, hippos, and various species of primates and birds. One of the highlights of a Gabon safari is the opportunity to track and observe gorillas and other primates in their natural habitats. The Loango National Park, located on the Atlantic coast, offers opportunities to see elephants, hippos, and crocodiles, as well as whales and dolphins in the ocean. The Ivindo National Park, located in the northeast of Gabon, is home to the iconic Kongou Falls and offers opportunities to see forest elephants and chimpanzees. Visitors can also take guided walks through the forest and experience the vibrant and diverse flora and fauna of Gabon. Overall, a Gabon safari offers a unique and unforgettable experience for those seeking adventure, wildlife encounters, and immersion in nature.

You may wish to include the following in your Gabon itinerary:

  • Primate Experiences - From lowland gorillas to mandrills, chimpanzees and many more monkey species, Gabon is one of the best destinations to see a vast range of primates.
  • Rainforest Exploration - With six National Parks within Gabon located within the world's second-largest rainforest, there are plenty of opportunities to delve into the Gabon ecosystem. Walk through mangroves, beaches, tropical meadows
  • River Cruises - Travel by boat down the meandering waterways of the rainforests as you keep an eye out for the prolific wildlife skirting the riverbanks.
  • Marine Life - Discover the multitude of sea-life surrounding Gabon including sea turtles and whales
  • Visit Kongou Falls - Located in the Ivindo National Park, the Kongou Falls is a stunning waterfall that cascades over a series of rocky steps. Visitors can hike to the falls and swim in the refreshing pools at the base.
  • Explore the beaches - Gabon's coastline is dotted with pristine beaches, some of which are nesting sites for sea turtles. Visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or simply relaxing on the beach.
  • Local Culture - Gabon is home to several indigenous tribes, each with their own unique customs and traditions. Visitors can take guided tours to learn about the local culture and visit villages to see traditional dances and rituals.

Where to stay in Gabon?

Gabon offers a variety of options for accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to budget-friendly guesthouses. The capital city of Libreville has many upscale hotels such as the Laico Okoume Palace Hotel, the Radisson Blu Okoume Palace Hotel, and the Intercontinental Libreville Hotel. If you are on a budget, there are several guesthouses and budget hotels available in the city centre. If you are looking to explore Gabon's beautiful nature reserves, you may consider staying at lodges or campsites within the national parks. The Loango Lodge in the Loango National Park is a popular option, offering comfortable accommodation with breathtaking views of the ocean and wildlife. The Mikongo Camp in the Ivindo National Park is another option, offering comfortable tents in the heart of the jungle.

When to go to Gabon?

The best time to visit Gabon is during the dry season, which runs from June to September. During this time, the weather is mild, and there is little to no rainfall, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities such as hiking, wildlife safaris, and beach activities. The dry season is also a great time to see whales and dolphins along Gabon's coast. The wet season, which runs from October to May, brings heavy rains and high humidity, which can make travel and outdoor activities difficult. However, the wet season can also be a great time to visit Gabon's national parks as the lush vegetation attracts more wildlife. Additionally, birdwatching can be particularly rewarding during this time, as many migratory birds visit Gabon during the wet season.

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Gabon Safaris FAQs

Is Gabon good for safari?

Yes, Gabon is an excellent destination for safari enthusiasts, offering a unique and eco-friendly experience in its pristine rainforests and diverse landscapes. With opportunities to encounter wildlife like forest elephants, gorillas, and chimpanzees in their natural habitats, explore protected national parks and coastal areas, and engage in adventurous activities, Gabon provides a rewarding and responsible safari adventure that emphasises conservation and sustainable tourism practices.

Where can I see gorillas in Gabon?

One of the best places to see gorillas in Gabon is in the Moukalaba-Doudou National Park. This park is located in the southwestern part of the country and is known for its efforts to protect and conserve gorilla populations. Gorilla trekking experiences are available in the park, allowing visitors to track and observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. However, please note that gorilla trekking availability and regulations can vary, and it's important to plan your visit with a reputable tour operator and adhere to responsible tourism practices. Additionally, it's recommended to check for the latest information regarding gorilla trekking and conservation efforts in Gabon before making travel plans.

What is the best month to visit Gabon?

The best time to visit Gabon is during the dry season from June to September, when the weather is more favourable for activities like wildlife viewing and gorilla trekking, with animals being more active and comfortable conditions for outdoor exploration. The rainy season from October to May offers lush landscapes and is ideal for birdwatching, though road conditions may be challenging. Consider your interests and the specific regions you plan to explore when choosing the optimal time for your visit to Gabon.

Is Gabon safe for travel?

Gabon is generally considered a relatively safe travel destination, with a level of political stability. However, travellers should still be cautious about petty crime, take health precautions, respect local customs and laws, and exercise care when engaging with wildlife. It's advisable to stay informed about travel advisories and local conditions, and to take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip to Gabon.

Do I need a visa for Gabon?

Most visitors to Gabon require a visa to enter the country. The specific visa requirements can vary based on your nationality, purpose of visit, and the length of your stay.

Can you drink tap water in Gabon?

It is generally not recommended to drink tap water in Gabon. The quality of tap water can vary, and there is a risk of waterborne illnesses due to potential contamination. It's safer to rely on bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes.