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The region of Franceville in southeastern Gabon, is located between the forest area and the savannah plateaux. This characteristic gives it a more interesting diversity, and the region shall most certainly become a main centre of ecotourism.
In the National Park there are several tourist welcome projects, including the John Aspinall Foundation site, which takes care of reinserting orphan gorillas into nature.
Today we can always visit the plateaux located to the east of the small town called Lékoni and its canyons formed by the erosion into the sandy soil. This is also a remarkable area for birds, and amateur bird watchers never miss this place.



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Batéké plateaux
Stay in Lékoni
Flights from Libreville every day for the Franceville airport, where you must then rent a 4-wheel drive. The Lékoni Hotel is a small business which is very successful, and which is a practical place to stay because of its proximity to the Lékoni Circus – also called the Grand Canyon. You can easily get lost on the plateaux, and you absolutely must have a chauffeur with you who knows the region. In addition to the Grand Canyon, you can also discover the Green Canyon, the Ghost Canyon and the White Canyon.
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The Lékédi Park
Located to the south of Moanda and Franceville, the Lékédi Park is the successful result of an astonishing reconversion project. Bakoumba – the city of the longest mono-cable car in the world (76 km) has become a ‘nature’ town within a few years. Used to the best, Bakoumba has received a park with 14,000 hectares surrounded by 87 km of fencing.
Sodépal – created by the Comilog Company, has been quickly setting up economic activities: fish culture, the raising of wild animals, ecotourism… which will be followed by other activities – the production of mushrooms, roof tiles,



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Lékédi park restaurant

 

pottery, the weaving of raphia fibers, etc… Dynamism, creativity, originality, business creators and managers are in abundance in Lékédi.
Visiting the park and fish culture ponds, watching the animals when driving, walking , from the Mioula Bridge, from the shelters on pillars or from a boat going around the island of chimpanzees – you can’t be bored for a minute during your stay in Bakoumba.
Lodging is offered in the former premises now renovated of the directors of the cable car.

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Comfortable bedrooms and 3 or 4-room houses for families, air-conditioning, bathrooms, restaurant, swimming pool, tennis, library and medical service – nothing is missing.

For economic as well as ecological reasons, the cable car equipment has been recycled in a thousand different ways: it now serves as an observation point for watching animals, the ties of the railway used as fence posts, the raising of young fish in the aluminium tanks, and the most spectacular – a 30-meter high suspended bridge extending 360 meters in length using the cable car cables, all overlooking


Liana bridge

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the forest and a vast area where there is a colony of mandrills!
There is also a project for the reinsertion of chimpanzees on a small island in the lake and a vivarium has been created.

Stay in Lékédi Park

There are flights every day from Libreville to Mvengué – the Franceville airport, where you then go to Bakoumba by car. Your stay includes all meals and also visits of the various zones and activities of the park. We advise 2 days minimum, and then return by plane.

By train and plain: the best way is the fast day train on Tuesday which takes 8 hours to reach Moanda. To return, you go back to the Mvengué Airport for the flight back to Libreville.

The price includes train and/or plane tickets, road transportation to Bakoumba, lodging and complete meals and tourist outings. An option is the excursion to the Swinging Liana Bridge and the Poubara Waterfalls.


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This tourist site is included in
the following tours:

[ Ornithology tour  |  Discovering Gabon ]

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