Some have called it ‘the last Eden on Earth’, and once you’ve visited, you’ll likely agree.

In today’s post, we will talk about some of the most iconic places in Gabon:

 

Makokou and Kongou Falls

Makokou is the capital of the Ogooué-Ivindo region and the gateway to Kongou Falls, Gabon’s version of Niagara Falls.
Located within the Ivindo National Park, Kongou is a must-see, with a 60-meter drop and great spiritual significance for the local people.

 

Lope Reserve

This national park was originally a reserve created in the 1940s after the Okanda Wildlife Reserve was established.
It is now a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
You’ll find a research station run by the Zoological Society of London.

 

Minkebe National Park

Traveling to Minkébé is a bit complicated, but it is worth the effort.
Another of the more inaccessible parks, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is working in the area to promote conservation efforts.
Home to gorillas, elephants, leopards, cheetahs and isolated traditional ethnic groups, WWF focuses on alternative forms of income for locals, including artistic endeavors.

 

Akanda National Park

Known internationally as the nesting ground for one of the largest populations of migratory birds on Earth, Akanda National Park represents approximately 25% of the mangrove protected in all of Africa.

 

Lastoursville

Known as Lozo by the locals, Lastoursville is a quiet little town on the banks of the Ogooué River.
The town itself isn’t remarkable, it’s the surrounding area that has all the highlights.
First up are the nature walks to Boundji Falls – beautiful and serene.