Loango Lodge

Top choice lodge in Loango National Park

This impressively remote and high-end lodge operated by the National Parks Board is a wonderful option if you want to visit the northern end of the Loango National Park. Comfortable wooden chalets are dotted around a beautiful garden along the lagoon. The central bar and dining room open out onto a wooden deck that stretches into the water and has great views across to the park. The food here is excellent.

The lodge offers various excursions, all including a pirogue ride across the lagoon. The lodge keeps a vehicle there, inside the park, for wildlife watching. Visiting the gorillas is a very special opportunity; there are also half-day safaris, hikes in the forest, whale-watching trips, night excursions to see crocodiles, and game fishing.

Satellite camps of Loango Lodge are the Akaka Forest camp in the south (one hour by boat, then on foot), in a forest and swamp area where animals roam and elephants swim in the river; and Tassi in the savannah (2½ hours by road) which is best from November to April. These two camps can be visited for a day, or you can stay overnight for the same price as the lodge.

Note that on top of the daily rate, there's a charge of €230 per person for the return journey from Port-Gentil (three hours by boat and two hours by 4WD), or €90 to and from Omboué.