The Central/West African country of Gabon is relatively new as tourism destination. This reflects on the variety of accommodation offered and level of service and wildlife guidance. Lodges and hotels - with the exception of the chain business hotels in Libreville - are still in its infant years but offering exquisite gameviewing. Vistors are truly the new explorers of this country.
Loango Lodge offers uninterupted views over the river and surrounding national park wich is home to abundance of wildlife. The main lodge is home for numerous whale, crocodile and gorilla researchers of world reknown institutes. The well designed lodge has 10 bungalows and 3 suites with ensuite bathrooms, fan and airconditioning and is completed with a pool. The lodge has a large library on birds and mammal books of the Loango area. The terrace and paillotte overlooking the lagoon are the best spots for drinks.
Probably the tiniest lodge in Gabon, Evengue lodge is just a litle gem in the Vernan Vaz lagoon. This small camp is a sattelite camp of Loango Lodge. The island is a gorilla sanctuary and houses a family of 5, fathered by Mbeki, a large silverback of 28 years of age. The island has 2 wooden bandas and 3 tents under canvas, one of them floating on the water. The island is a miniature version of Loango National Park with forest, savanna and, nearby, a beach. This spot is the best accommodation for the start or finish of your Gabon safari.
Akaka bush camp
In the heart of this inhabited tropical rainforest and wetlands, you will find Akaka Bush Camp. The only way to reach the camp is by a spectacular 66-km, 2-to-4 hour boat trip from Loango Lodge. The boat will bring you right to the comfort of the quaint thatch-covered restaurant/lounge deck, with views over the river, papyrus swamps and distant, high forest. The camp’s five tents are pitched on a covered platform along a narrow forest clearing leading uphill from the river. This camp is only for the frequent visitors of remote African places and true nature lovers who can appreciate this rough place.
Langoue Baie Camp
Langoue Baie Camp is a unique research camp in the heart of Ivindo National Park. Managed and owned by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) it offers visitors the unique opportunity to spot gorillas in the Langoue Baie area. The camp accommodation is very basic and only for the hardy African traveller but the wildlife and wilderness of this untouched Eden is definitely worth it. Access to the camp is not easy. A 3 hour walk plus 2 hour drive from Ivindo railway station is tough and only for the fittest.
Lope Hotel might be the best known hotel - or actually lodge- in Gabon. It is situated on the Transgabonais railway so easy to access when you are travelling on your own from Libreville. It is a welcome luxury for travellers, wooden bungalows in four categories from basic to well appointed ensuite rooms and airconditioning are perfect to explore the surrounding savannah and forests. A WCS conducted mandrill research gives visitors possibility to radio track these great creatures. A swimming pool located on the banks of the dramatic Ogogoue river offers a great opportunity to cool off at the end of the day.