Gabon: unique jungle safari

Why Gabon?
I visited Gabon for the first time in 2008. By then it was an unknown country despite several National Geographic magazines dedicated to Michael Fay’s mythical mega-transect. I explored with my partner in Cameroon Ivindo National Park and Libreville… In just 8 days I knew that Gabon would be part of my life. A year later in 2009 we opened a DMC office with a local partner and since then we have been offering nature and culture trips all throughout Gabon.
Gabon ranks amongst the highest wildlife density holding countries in the World. Planning your trip to Gabon means discovering some of the best jungle protected areas in Africa. In total, there are 13 national parks in Gabon, but not all the parks are easy to access. In Last Places we can organize travel expeditions to all of Gabon’s parks, but we propose Loango National Park, Lopé National Park, Ivindo National Park, and Pongara National Par Read More

Babongo Pygmies

Also known as Bongo or Mbenga.

Population & Ecosystem
12.000 Babongo live in the forested area in Central Gabon. We find groups in Lope (Ogooué-Lolo), in Bakouyi (Mulundu) and in Koulamoutou, Pana and lboundji. Another major group of Babongo Pygmies is found between Akoula and Ngounié (Haut-Ogooué).

Economy & Society
The Babongo have recently changed from being nomadic hunter-gatherers to settled villagers with subsistence agriculture supplemented by hunting. In the early 20th century they were fully nomadic and physically distinct from their Bantu neighbours, but by the mid-20th century they were starting to settle Read More

Festivals of Gabon

Bwiti Festival
In 2019 attempts have been made to establish an official Bwiti Festival in Moyen-Ogooue Province in Central Gabon. The objective behind this cultural festival would be to put in value Gabon’s traditional living culture and share with the outside world the values of Bwitism.

Art of Gabon

Gabonese tribal artists created some of the finest works of art in forested Africa. With the French colonization, profound cultural, social and economic changes modified forever these tribal societies and tribal art faded away. During the 1990s there has been a process of cultural revival among several groups that did not entirely forget the art techniques of their forefathers. In Punu country one can still see alive the stilt dances with geisha looking masks and in Fang and Mitsogo territories masks and biere (anthropomorphic wooden reliquary figues) are s Read More

Gabon, like much of Africa, is home to countless endangered and threatened species that face extinction from both natural and manmade sources. To help curb this loss of invaluable wildlife and keep the country’s remaining natural resources safe, the Gabonese government established in 2002 one of the most comprehensive and expansive national park systems in the world. It all began with legislature passed by former president Omar Bongo Ondimba that established an astounding 10% of the country’s land as officially recognized and protected parkland, one of the largest allotments in the entire world.

Gabon has 13 listed national parks. From all these parks that cover three million hectares (primary and secondary rainforests, swamps, tropical savannahs, mangroves, and isolated forest inselbergs) very few can be visited with certain comfort conditions. The easiest and in many aspects the best plac Read More
Gabon Visa
A valid passport and a visa are required for travel to Gabon. Applications for visas have to be made in advance in your country of origin or wherever there is a Gabonese embassy or consulate. Last Places assists all travelers that need any type of help applying for the visa. We recommend that passports be valid for six months from date of arrival.

Vaccines and Travel Health
A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is essential for entry to Gabon. Malaria is prevalent in the country. It is wise to take Malaria prophylaxis when travelling to Gabon. Wate Read More

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