Akaka is a traditional tented camp in Loango National Park that offers an opportunity to experience real secluded immersion amidst the forests and waterways of one of the most remote parts of the park known as ‘Africa’s Last Eden’.
Built into dense jungle overlooking a lagoon and river, Akaka Tented Camp offers an environment that is rustic – this is no boutique lodge – yet comfortable and very welcoming, all dark woods, canvas, and local decorations. The central shared tent, like the individual ones, is raised above the forest floor and offers a large deck with forest and river views, a particular benefit during the dry season (July – September) when the park’s abundant wildlife moves into the area in force.
Food & service
The emphasis here is on providing true immersion in the landscape rather than hotel-style amenities and dining – but Akaka Tented Camp still seeks to provide touches of luxury, including well-prepared and varied dishes from the kitchen served either on the deck or in the indoor restaurant area. Service is similarly no-frills but extremely friendly and helpful.
There are five tents to choose from at Akaka, each a wood and canvas structure raised above the forest floor and with a private deck offering views into the surrounding trees. All include a pair of single beds that can be combined into a double, and an ensuite bathroom with an outdoor shower, washbasin, and toilet. The fairly basic décor offers occasional flashes of colour but in general, serves to direct the attention out towards the jungle.
Akaka Tented Camp serves as an excellent base for a range of activities. There are abundant opportunities to observe wildlife from the camp itself, but also available are boat safaris on the lagoon and river, jungle hikes for the more adventurous visitor, 4×4 viewing trips and even kayaking.
Akaka is a low-impact operation, its prioritizing of an authentic forest experience allows it to keep its footprint to an absolute minimum