Introducing Ivindo National Park
Langoué Bai, in the dense, tropical 3000-sq-m Ivindo National Park, is perhaps the pièce de résistance of all the Gabonese eco-destinations, presenting the rare opportunity to view forest animals undisturbed in their own environment. The Bai, a local word for a marshy clearing in the forest, serves as a source of minerals for the animals and acts as a magnet for large numbers of forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, sitatungas, buffalo, monkeys and rare bird species. A Wildlife Conservation Society–built research station and ecocamp near the clearing allow visitors to easily view the wildlife.
All-inclusive stays at the stunning, ecologically friendly base camp, designed to reduce human impact on the environment (composting toilets, solar energy, no chemicals), are US$315 per night – but worth it.
Arrangements to get to the Bai must be made well in advance through travel agents in Libreville.