Ivindo National Park

The highly-poisonous Gaboon viper
The highly-poisonous Gaboon viper
About Ivindo National Park
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Parks total area:
3000 km² (1158 mi²)
Year established:
2004
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • Ivindo National Park has some of the densest rain forests in the world
  • The park also has the most magnificent waterfalls of African forests
  • Langoue Bai provides a rare opportunity to see animals up-close in their natural habitat
  • The park is very isolated and not easily accessible

Ivindo National Park is a new park, established in 2004 and located in Gabon, central Africa. The park straddles the equator and tends to be very humid and tropical with dense vegetation of lowland forest. Covering nearly 3000 km2 (1158 miles2) it has some of the most impenetrable rain forests and wildest rivers in the world.

The Ivindo and Djidji rivers both flow through the park, offering opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. One of the most spectacular features of the park is its waterfalls. Ivindo National Park is home to the Koungou, Mingouli and Djidji, known to be the most remarkable waterfalls in all the forests of Africa

There is a variety of wildlife in the park, including forest elephants, buffalo, bush pig and primates including the gorilla and chimpanzee. There are also various bird species and a thriving butterfly population. The Langoue Bai research camp, established by the Wildlife Conservation Society, monitors wildlife in the park, providing visitors with a rare opportunity to see animals up-close in their natural habitat. The “Bai” - a pygmy word for clearing - is made up of nourishing soil that draws forest animals out into the open, most notably elephants and lowland gorillas. Unfortunately, due to its very basic nature and location deep at the center of the park, the camp is only able to host a small number of visitors each year. The camp can only be accessed on foot, and travelers should expect to carry their luggage.

Ivindo National Park is isolated in terms of surrounding populations and offers very limited access. The park can be reached by taking the Trans-Gabon railway from Libreville or Lope National Park, by private plane, by boat, or on foot.

When to visit Ivindo National Park

Because of its location on the equator the weather tends to be warm all year long.

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The region is so dense it makes for a much different experience compared to wildlife viewing in the savannah. It is considered more of a forest experience, filled with exploring, perfect for the intrepid traveler.
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