I visited central Gabon for a spectacular two weeks in August 2018 focussed on Lope National Park, plus Tsam Tsam lodge and a couple of sites near Libreville.
Akanda National Park
We spent a morning here looking for – and seeing – Northern Talapoins. This might also be a good place for West African Manatees.
Pongara National Park
A day trip to Pongara Point was uneventful. Forest Buffaloes are common and we saw a lone Moustached Monkey.
Lope National Park
Mikongo Research Camp
We spent three nights at the lovely lodge with very good food. We saw Green Squirrel, Lord Derby’s Anomalure, Putty-nosed Monkey, Crowned Guenon, Western Lowland Gorilla, Red-capped Mangabey, Demidoff’s Galago (probable), Blotched Genet, Marsh Mongoose, Hammer Bat, Egyptian Rousettus, unidentifiable roundleaf and slit-faced bats, Hippos, Sitatunga, Giant Pangolin, and (probable) Soft-furred Mice (Praomys misonnei or P. petteri) and either Allen’s or Walter Verheyen’s Wood Mice.
The World’s Best Mammalwatching
Gabon is off the hook. Unlike so much of the region, most of Gabon’s forest remain intact. With nearly all the Gabonese living in cities the bush is still home to a lot of wildlife. Lope and Mikongo National Parks are two of the best mammalwatching destinations in Africa. See my 2018 trip report for a mouthwatering list of species including Mandrills, Giant Pangolin and Water Chevrotain. Travel around with Vianet Mahindou: he is one of the best guides I’ve ever travelled with. See more of the World’s Best Mammalwatching.
Lope, 2022: Justin Brown, a 2 week adventure in search of Giant Pangolins.
Gabon, 2019: Royle Safaris, 10 days & 45 species including Servaline Genet, Golden Angwatibo and Northern Talapoin.
Gabon, 2018: Jon Hall, 2 weeks & 58 species including Mandrill, Black Colobus, Western Palm Squirrel, Red River Hog, 5 species of duiker, Cameroon Scalytail, Large-eared Flying Mouse and Giant Pangolins.
Lope and Mikongo, 2018: Michel Gervais, 2 weeks & a some nice species including Black Colobus and Chimpanzees.
Gabon, 2017: Mogens Trolle, 2 weeks & 21 species including Mandrill, Lowland Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Congo Clawless Otter and Red River Hog.
The Congos, Cameroon and Gabon, 2009: Vladimir Dinets account of a week in each country. Species include: in Congo-Brazzaville – Black-legged Mongoose, Red-fronted Duiker; in Gabon – Northern Talapoin, Black Colobus, Red River Hog, White-collared Mongoose, Mandrill, and Cameroon – Drill, African Manatee and a swag of rodents, shrews and bats everywhere.
Don Roberson’s trip reports for trips to Kenya, Gabon, Uganda and South-West Africa (South Africa, Namibia and the Okavango).
Gabon, 2004: Richard Webb, 2 weeks & 25 mammals (including Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Red River Hog).
West African Manatees at Tsam Tsam (video) February 2021
RFI Gabon awww.nd Sierra Leonne (May 2012).