Things to see and do in Evengue
Your Loango experience can either start or finish with a trip to this island, which forms part of a circuit that includes the St. Anne’s Catholic Mission, designed by Gustav Eiffel, and the Mpivié River, whose dark waters are typical of the many small rivers that drain the coastal lowland forests.
Activities in Evengue
- The Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project
- St. Anne’s Catholic Mission, designed by Gustav Eiffel
- Boat trip on the Mpivié River
- Eco-walks around the island
Fringed by a tangle of swamp forest, Mpivié river has a classic ‘jungle’ feel to it. A number of very rare bird species seldom seen anywhere else are often sighted along its banks including Pel’s fishing owl, African finfoot, Hartlaub’s duck and the white-crested tiger heron. On sunny days, slender-snouted crocodiles can also be seen basking on overhanging branches.
A sanctuary and reintroduction centre
During your stay on the island, learn some more about the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project. The island serves as a sanctuary for gorillas that have spent their whole life in captivity. These gorillas reside in a semi-natural captive setting and are fed and monitored by trained local keepers. A 30 to 45 minute visit is allowed, at which time the motivated FVGP staff will tell you more about western lowland gorillas and what is threatening their existence in the wild. Please note that to protect your own health and that of the gorillas, no direct contact is allowed.
You will also have a chance to get to know more about our reintroduction programme, initiated to prepare orphaned western lowland gorillas for life back in the wild. These gorillas reside in the forest during the day with their keepers to learn wild gorilla behaviour. No visits are allowed, to prevent these gorillas from getting used to humans, which enhances their chances of one day returning to the wild.
Evengué is the ideal starting point for your Loango experience, as it introduces all the landscapes you will encounter on the rest of your journey: forest, savannah and lagoon can all be found on the island and the beach is also close by.
Things to see and do
Your experience can either start or finish with a trip to this island, which forms part of a circuit that includes the St. Anne’s Catholic Mission and the Mpivié River, whose dark waters are typical of the many small rivers that drain the coastal lowland forests.
When to go
Evengué Island is open all year round. Temperatures vary from 28 to 31 °C. The rains fall between November and April.
Have you ever dreamed of a place completely lost in time where you can see with vivid clarity how it all once was? A place of abundant wildlife, where dense jungle, savannahs, wetlands and lagoons all meet the sparkling ocean? Well it’s not just a dream – this place really exists!