Located Amidst Rolling Mountains, Forests, & Savannas
Lopé National Park has a rich history, it once served as an ancient trade and migration corridor along the Congo Basin for pygmy tribes. Today, the Ogooué River Valley’s deep ridges and forest gallery is a veritable hotspot for prehistoric antiquities and rich, tribal culture. In fact, there was a recent discovery of over 1800 Iron-Age rock carvings and scant traces of Stone-Age and Iron-Age settlements and artefacts which revealed just how significant the region was to Africa’s human evolution over the past 400,000 years. This is now UNESCO World Heritage site.
Moabi Tented Camp is located in the midst of rolling savannah at the northern end of the park, just 40-minutes from Lopé National Park Station. Another exclusive location, perfectly remote yet close to all of the highlights, with stunning views of the mountains and savannas.
With just 6 guest tents that have been kitted out with classic safari-style furnishings, you will feel like you are on a bespoke safari, so far away from the overcrowded tourist circuits that are engulfing other parts of Africa. With private quarters lit by the luminous glow of parrafin lamps and an extended sitting area where the panoramic views are infinite. Dine beneath the stars on grilled delicacies with wine at an elegant dining table; a setting where forest elephants, red river hogs or buffalos may also cross your path. For a rested sleep, comfortable beds draped with mosquito netting are ready made for a blissful slumber.
Lopé is the only place in Gabon where you can trek wild Mandrills.
As with the gorillas in Loango, a group of free-roaming & completely wild Mandrills have been habituated to the presence of human researchers over the course of many years.
We, at See Wild Travels, think this is Lopé's highlight. Who wouldn't want to step into another world and share rare & precious moments with such strikingly beautiful primates in their natural environment?!
History & Lanscape
Aside from Mandrill trekking, 4x4 game drives, and forest hikes, why not take a hike to the top of Lopé's emblematic Mount Brazza. Named after the explorer Savorgnan de Brazza, whose European expedition was the first to arrive in Lopé in 1875. Marvel at the sweeping views of the truly wild and alive, Lopé National Park.
No trip to Lopé should go without a visit to the archaeological area, a UNESCO World Heritage site which bears testament to West African culture, with evidence of iron-working and a remarkable collection of some 1,800 petroglyphs (rock carvings).