life through the lens
We flew from Douala to Libreville, the capital of Gabon, before heading on to Loango National Park in November 2008.
Gabon is one of several countries that uses the Central African CFA. It has parity with the West African CFA.
On the Atlantic coast close to the National Museum in Libreville
Presumably this monument symbolises the breaking free from slavery and/or colonialism - Libreville
This 19th century church stands behind the newer St Marie cathedral in Libreville
Hassan II mosque is located behind the Presidential Palace, Libreville
I went for a style from the top row (not sure which one though) - sign outside a barber's shop, Libreville
El Hadj Omar Albert-Bernard Bongo has been Gabon's president since 1967 - Libreville
Update - Omar Bongo died in June 2009. BBC announcement.
One of several modern buildings on Boulevard Triomphal, Libreville
The view from an outdoor bar in the Quartier Louis area of Libreville
A video shop in Nombakele district, Libreville
A relaxing place to stay and ideal for the airport is Hotel Tropicana. The rooms are a bit musty but it's position on the beach is perfect.
Hotel Tropicana beach, Libreville
The Atlantic ocean, Libreville
Getting to Loango National Park entailed a flight from Libreville to Port Gentil, then another to Loango
Coming in to land at Port Gentil
Clouds obscure the rainforest and lagoon below - Port Gentil to Loango
We got a superb view of Loango Lodge shortly before landing - Loango
From the sky I was looking for a mud airstrip but eventually realised we were just landing in a field, only a 5 minute drive from the lodge - Loango
Loango Lodge's bar and restaurant perches over Iguela Lagoon
Find out more at the Africa's Eden website
Alternatively you can dine out here - Loango Lodge
It's quietly lit at night - Loango Lodge
The grounds of Loango Lodge include a conference centre, small swimming pool and souvenir shop
A chameleon blends with its surrounds outside one of the Loango Lodge bungalows
Taking the 4x4's across the lagoon to Loango National Park
..While we travel in a bit more comfort.. Loango National Park
A lone buffalo in Loango National Park
Heavy cloud hangs over a windswept beach in Loango National Park
We were lucky enough to see an elephant just metres away from the beach - Loango National Park
The Atlantic ocean serves as the backdrop at Loango National Park
Close by were a herd of buffalo - Loango National Park
You'll see lots (and lots) of buffalo in Loango National Park
This tortoise was immersed in floodwater caused by a heavy downpour in the park - Loango National Park
Taking a break in the forest - Loango National Park
A millipede on an afternoon stroll - Loango National Park
Light pierces through the forest canopy - Loango National Park
Creeping (or rather squelching) up for a closer look - Loango National Park
A family in Loango National Park
Loango National Park
While we were concentrating on the elephants a chimpanzee must have ran 2-300 metres across open savannah to reach the forest.
The ubiquitous buffalo - Loango National Park
On our way by boat following Iguela Lagoon to Pte Ste Catherine - Loango National Park
Centre left of this photo is the tail of a monkey. Best shot I could get! Loango National Park
Trying to get a better glimpse of them - Loango National Park
I'm not sure if this is mangrove but that's what I'm calling it - Loango National Park
A hippo checks us out while coming up for air - Loango National Park
Iguela Lagoon, on the boundary of Loango National Park
Pte Ste Catherine has a beautiful setting at the mouth of Iguela Lagoon, protected by a sand bar from the sea
Having said that, much of Pte Ste Catherine beach camp was destroyed in 2008 by a big wave.
A flock of birds twist and turn - Pte Ste Catherine
The floating log is actually a crocodile - Pte Ste Catherine
The Gabonese coast between Omboue and Port Gentil
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