Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2021, Ivindo National Park straddles Ogooué-Ivindo and Ogooué-Lolo provinces in east-central Gabon and features the two famous waterfalls – Kongou and Mingouli – often called ‘the wonders of Ivindo’. The park also includes Langoué Baï, one of Central Africa’s most important forest clearings, and the Ipassa Makokou Biosphere Reserve.
Ivindo National Park was founded in 2002, along with 13 others that combined represent approximately 10% of Gabon’s landmass and cover in excess of 1000 predominantly densely forested square miles. Its biogeographically unique Caesalpinioideae old-growth forests are of special value, and the landscape of rapids, waterfalls and largely intact rainforest is remarkable.
It is a landscape that also supports significant biodiversity. Critically endangered species to be observed in Ivindo include the slender-snouted crocodile, forest elephant, and western lowland gorilla, and there is a very high diversity of butterflies as well as a number of endemic fish species; well over 400 avian species are recorded in the park too, including the endangered grey-necked rockfowl and grey parrot.
Ivindo National Park sees two rainy seasons each year, running September to December and February to May inclusive. Many activities here can be undertaken year-round, including a visit to Langoué Baï, but many regions of the park are not easily accessible, meaning that some visitors may want to plan a trip during the relatively short dry season.
For accommodation in Ivindo, chat with our team about fly camping options.