Whale watching in Pte. Ste. Catherine
From mid-July to mid-September, humpback whales visit the coastline of Loango National Park. Go out on a boat with our skipper to look for these impressive, playful mammals.
Go out in a boat with maximum 6 fisherman at night and go through the swell and get to the fishing area. The fishing is generally best in the rainy season (September – April), peaking from November to February, with a high density of fish feeding around the mouth of the lagoon. This amazing species richness during peak season offers the opportunity to potentially catch any of the species that are listed below, on fly, with the exception of bull sharks, guitar sharks and catfish (caught mainly on bait).
In 2002, late President Omar Bongo Ondimba put Gabon firmly on the map as an important future ecotourism destination by nominating more than 11% of the nation’s territory as National Park – a new standard in African eco-tourism and conservation!
Gabon is home to western lowland gorillas and nearly 200 other mammal species and 600 species of birds. In Loango National Park, you can find elephants and buffalos roaming freely on its endless beaches.
Rainfall varies from an annual average of 120 inches in the capital Libreville to 150 inches on the northwest coast, with almost all of it falling between October and April. In the period from May to September there is little, if any, rainfall, but humidity remains high.
The earliest inhabitants of Gabon are the pygmy people. Pygmy tribes are known for their hunting & gathering culture in the central African rainforest, and for their height: adult members grow on average to less than 150 cm (4 feet 11 inches).