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Weekend Pongara Park Tour

Country: Gabon
City: Pointe-denis
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Eco Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Pongara National Park

Early morning transfer to Baracuda harbor at Owendo and cross oat to Pongara lodge. Later on at night if weather permits follow the steps of leatherback turtles on the bay of pointe denis beach.

Day 2: Explore the Pongara National Park

After breakfast safari in ongara park.

Day 3: Flight to International

After breakfast head back to Libreville and transfer to the hotel.

End of our Services.

Explore More About Pongara National Park:

Pongara National Park is singularly distinguished by a remarkable diversity of primates, plants, and birds. Travel anywhere along its shimmering estuary which also cuts through mangrove swamps and flooded forest, you can view snapshots of arboreal monkeys peering down from lofty treetops, and forest elephants and hippos wading in slow-moving lagoons. And just further afield along tracts of savannah is another unspoiled sanctuary for small herds of forest buffalo and elephant, red river hog, and the elusive leopard.

Pongara National Park is one of Equatorial Africa’s most pristine coastlines just 60 minutes away from Libreville. So much more than just a beachside camp, the park also is home to Pongara Lodge which takes in commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Yet it is the national park’s marine reserve where the action steps up a notch during the breeding season.

Pongara National Park is home to a diverse array of protected marine ecosystems which form part of Gabon’s network of marine parks and aquatic reserves. Of the large marine mammals that live in Pongara’s periphery are various species of whales and dolphins. During the breeding season, there are a wealth of marine activities; from whale-watching to viewing the arrival of migratory leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles. If you time it right, you may also see hippos and elephants venture to the surf after a nature walk or birdwatching.

During the dry season, Pongara plays host to an intimate display of marine activities. Here, migratory bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales arrive from the chilly southern oceans to breed in the Atlantic’s warm currents. For a memorable encounter, we can arrange a chartered whale-watching expedition where, from the safety of your boat, you can watch the large mammals breach majestically from the water.

Another spectacular occurrence is the arrival of migratory sea turtles; the largest gathering of critically-endangered leatherbacks on the West Coast of Africa. If you visit midway during the nesting season, it is also possible to view on a guided tour the sea turtles’ first hatchlings as they make their mercy dash from the nest to the tides.

The best time the view the turtles is between November and March, while June to August is the breeding season for migrating whales and dolphins. Primate and large mammal viewing [forest elephant, hippo, and buffalo] are experienced best during the extended rainy seasons; between September and December and February and May. This is also a great time to enjoy a boat ride through the Komo Estuary and beyond into the mangroves where primates; small monkeys including chimpanzees, are often in view.

Further afield in the patchwork of grasslands and waterways, you can watch small herds of forest elephants, forest buffalo, and submerged hippos. July to October is an excellent time to view migratory birds along the shoreline and in the mangroves.

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