Guest comments & guest images of Africa's Last Eden

Forest elephants washing in the lagoon

Image by Elisabeth Suomalainen from Finland

Silverback Mabeke in the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Sanctuary

Image by Elisabeth Suomalainen from Finland

Forest elephant & baby in the savannah

Image by Elisabeth Suomalainen from Finland

On the Mpivie River

Image by Elisabeth Suomalainen from Finland

Slender-snouted crocodile on the Mpivie River

Image by Elisabeth Suomalainen from Finland

Elephants in Loango National Park

by Agneta Rudler from Sweden

Red river hog in the fields of Loango

by Agneta Rudler from Sweden

Gorilla Izowuet in the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Sanctuary

by Jean du Plessis from Tanzania

In this section you will find what our passionate travellers say about us.

Elisabeth Suomalainen & Matti Kyrö, Finland - Africa's Last Eden Tour, January 2009

Dear Joyce and Laurien,

Thank you for all the help you gave us with our tour of Gabon. The country is unbelievably beautiful and we had a lot of unique experiences there. To see wild elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, red river hogs, crocodiles from a (relatively) close distance in a kayak or when walking in the forest is really different from seeing them from a car on the savannahs in East Africa.

Best regards

Elisabeth Suomalainen and Matti Kyrö

Pat Vanbergh, USA  – Africa´s Last Eden Tour, July 2008

We truly had a grand adventure. All of our stay with Philippe and Sylvie (Loango Lodge) was very nice. The food excellent. The whale encounter ranks right to the top of everything I have ever done. We saw 10 whales, had the boat to ourselves, thanks to Philippe. Two breached right at the boat, one slapped the water eight times another one four times. We were soaking wet and loved every minute. Dolphins swimming alongside the whales when we came back.

We spent two nights at Tassi..few animals but had fun. Made a day trip to Akaka and saw forest elephants and buffalo close for pictures. The plane strike was unfortunate but couldn't be helped.

Loango is such a beautiful place, and you have a jewel with Phillipe and Sylvie and all their staff. All the staff is great. Tassi will really be busy when the gorillas are habituated in a couple of years. You are wise to adding this new trip.


Debbie Stafford – Africa´s Last Eden Tour, July 2007

We just got back from Loango, a national park in Gabon. It definitely lives up to its motto as Africa´s Last Eden, with its untouched rainforest and rivers, coupled with savannah, beach and sea. My husband, Charles, and I were virtually the only ones there and were able to enjoy it without other vehicles crowding us. Loango is still a wild place and so it’s very difficult to see animals, mainly because they aren’t habituated to humans and our noisy vehicles.

We decided to do a walking safari in the park, hoping we’d get to see more animals. Our guides, Patrick and Ntete, took us to a swamp-like area of high grass, mangroves and forest. We set off into the dusky gloom of the forest, which was a little eerie at 15h00 in the afternoon, to look for elephants. They apparently blend into the forest like chameleons. It was hot, sticky and smelt of rotting vegetation and animal poo.

Then we heard an elephant and froze, trying to spot in the gloom. Patrick told us that it was very close. We stood still for what seemed to be ages. I’d stepped in a large, fresh pile of elephant dung-not very smelly, but unpleasant. Just as we had given up all hope of seeing the elephant, there was a great crash and we all scattered-so much for not panicking. I was up to my ankles in stinking swamp mud, Charles was on the other side of a log on dry grass and Ntete and Patrick were laughing. The reason was that we had been running away from a huge bird. We’d startled it and, trying to take off in the forest, it had crashed trough the undergrowth. Come to think of it, we never got the name of the ´elephant bird´.

Smiling a little sheepishly, Charles and I rejoined the path and continued with our walk. Suddenly we were in savannah. Just nearby was an elephant with two calves. She stood for a while, then got a little anxious and turned into the forest, literally disappearing behind the fist bush. It was scary to see how easily she blended in.