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.
Because of its location on the equator the weather tends to be warm all year long. But, like many parts of Africa, Ivindo has two seasons: wet and dry.
June-July-August: During this time of year there is little rainfall and the temperatures are at their warmest, reaching 25C/75F.
September-May: For the remaining nine months of the year, the parks sees more moisture and cooler temperatures. For those looking to do boating safaris, the rainy season is more desirable. Rains fall intermittently during the rainy season, and skies often brighten up for a few hours, giving photographers photo opportunities year-round.