You contribute to nature by visiting West Africa
Our approach aims to establish and sustain west central Africa as a unique global destination for tourism, in order to conserve and protect its natural and cultural heritage. This concept is called ‘Conservation Tourism’.
A pragmatic approach to conserving nature
The director of Africa’s Eden, Rombout Swanborn, spent part of his childhood in the Gamba region of Gabon. When he returned to Gabon after many years, he realised that west central Africa is one of the few places on earth that has remained relatively untouched by humankind, and that it deserves to be conserved for current and future generations.
What is conservation tourism?
Rombout Swanborn is an entepreneur who believes passionately in a pragmatic, sustainable approach to conservation. Africa’s Eden approach to conservation is tourism. Allowing small-scale, high-end tourism in west central Africa, means that its nature can be preserved by investing the profits, while at the same time bringing employment and education.
You contribute to nature by visiting
For you, the visitor to these pristine places, west central Africa offers the opportunity to understand and care about the ecosystems you visit, to discover and learn about little-known biological spectacles, creating a product that is unique to this region. Nick Nichols (photographer) about Loango National Park in National Geographic, August 2004:
The biodiversity here is amazing. This is life at its fullest
– Nick Nichols, National Geographic
A rare and exotic tropical gem, where tourism is relatively undeveloped. Wildlife rich forests cover 70% of its landmass, its vast picturesque coastline is predominantly wild and unspoiled, and its inland and coastal waters teem with myriad species of fish, reptiles and marine mammals
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!