Africa’s Best Rainforest Nature Reserves

forest in Central Africa

Forest elephants ©David Holt London/Flickr

Africa is the land of safaris par excellence and you’ve probably seen countless pictures of golden savannas and their fantastic wildlife so far. But not all safaris take place in Africa’s grasslands. Most of the center and west coast of Africa is covered by deep rainforests, in which one can find the most incredible species. The jungles continue to be the most mysterious territory on the African continent: traveling here is like exploring virgin land. Luckily, some small portions of the African rainforest have been transformed into natures reserves, which is great for preservation but, most importantly, it’s wonderful news for anyone curious to adventure into these vast forests. These are some of Africa’s best rainforest nature reserves, so feel free to check them out:

Korup National Park, Cameroon

This is one of the best known and most tourist-friendly parks in central Africa. Well-marked trails make this park in Southern Cameroon quite easy to navigate. Although this is not an area inhabited by the famous lowland gorillas, there are several species of primates in the park. Birdwatching is another popular activity in Korup, where a considerable number of bird species can be found.

forest in Central Africa

Forest elephants ©David Holt London/Flickr

Lope National Park, Gabon

This national park in Gabon is unique in many ways. With a rich and diverse fauna, this protected area of Gabon’s rainforest is where many rare and endangered species on animals still survive. Also part of this park are vast, man-made agricultural plains, which go back top pre-historic times.

wild gorilla

lowland gorilla © Rennett Stowe/Flickr

Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo

Several days ago we published a post about unique African animals, and one of them was the okapi, an animal that resembles both zebras and giraffes. The Okapi Wildlife Reserve, as the name tells you, is where many of these animals live. Besides okapi, the reserve is also home to several species of primates, as well as numerous mammals, birds and plant species. It is believed that this area in the Congo basin is covered by some of the oldest woods in the world, much older than humankind.

African forest

rainforest ©dorothy.voorhe/Flickr

 

Lobeke National Park, Cameroon

Lobeke is one of Cameroon major nature reserves. Even though the park was only created 20 years ago, the value of its natural patrimony is incontestable. The park is part of an international park system, sharing borders with two similar parks, one in the Republic of Congo and the other one in the Central African Republic. The park makes a great destination for professional and wannabe botanists, and its is also one of the best places to spot a forest elephant or a lowland gorilla.

 

 

 

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