To Loango National Park
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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
Loango is another National Park I have heard many amazing things about. It is the home of the world-famous surfing hippos, and there is also an excellent chance of seeing wild elephants on the beach, which is quite rare.
The park is horrendously expensive, with a visit starting at $500 USD per day, plus, plus, plus. Obviously I won’t be paying that, so again I set out with the intention more to enjoy the journey, even if I can’t actually get into the park itself. I am undecided about visiting the park from the North or the South, and decide I will simply do both.
The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, and so I take my time. On the way across I have to get an escort through a Shell oil field, which is a very easy and friendly affair. I camp in the jungle on the side of the road and then on one of the most spectacular beaches of the entire journey.
Click any of the photos below to see a larger version – yes, it really was this beautiful!