World Heritage Sites in Gabon

Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lope-Okanda

(0.500 S 11.500 E) -- satellite image

The property's collection of Neolithic and Iron Age sites, together with the rock art found there, reflects a major migration route of Bantu and other peoples from West Africa along the River Oguue valley to the north of the dense evergreen Congo forests and to central east and southern Africa, that has shaped the development of the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

Ivindo National Park

(0.225 N 12.704 E)

Situated on the equator in northern Gabon the largely pristine site encompasses an area of almost 300,000 ha crossed by a network of picturesque blackwater rivers. The area supports several threatened mammals and avian fauna such as the Critically Endangered Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), the Endangered Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), the Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) as well as the Vulnerable Grey-necked Rockfowl (Picathartes oreas), Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx), Leopard (Panthera pardus), African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata), and three species of Pangolin (Manidae spp.).

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Last updated: August 13, 2021