Welcome to Mayumba National Park
Closer to the Republic of Congo than to Libreville, Mayumba feels like the edge of the earth. This marine national park extends 15km out to sea and just 1km inland, encompassing glorious beaches and forest around the Banio Lagoon. Some 550 leatherback turtles – in fact 30% of the world's total – lay their eggs here between November and April. Humpback whales come to mate between June and October, and you'll also see large groups of dolphins, including the rare humpback dolphin. There are elephants and antelopes in the forest. And the land, if you listen to the locals, is hushed by the spirits of ancestors.
To get to the park – and around once you're there – hire a boat (per day CFA140,000) and an ecoguard (per two to three people per day CFA10,000) in the small village of Mayumba.