Friday, June 11, 2010

Destination of the Week...

Loango National Park in Gabon is sometimes referred to as “Africa’s Last Eden.” Over 70% of Gabon is covered with wildlife rich rainforest, and Loango, the most visited of 13 National Parks in the country, is a prime place to see what the land has to offer. It is here where the wildlife of the equatorial rainforest spills out on to the lagoon-broken Atlantic coast. You will find elephants, leopards, and gorillas strolling the white sand beaches, hippos surfing, whales and dolphins playing in the waters, and a vast assortment of rare land mammals cavorting in the savannah. Even National Geographic has tried to draw attention to this rare and tropical gem, but it remains virtually untouched by tourism, and is off the beaten path for most travelers in Africa. Loango National Park is put under the category of ‘faunal reserve and protected area for conservation’ by The World Conservation Union, so hopefully it will stay this way forever. Many travelers arrange transportation to Loango through their safari tour, and can even be picked up in the capitol city, Libreville, which is about 250km (155 miles) north of Loango. African safaris tend to come with a high price tag, and those in Loango are no exception, and might even be a little higher than others. However, if it is Africa in its purest form that you seek to experience, then cough it up and head to Loango National Park. It will change you forever.

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