Accommodation: Pte. Ste. Cathérine Beach Camp

Imagine a great stretch of wild, pristine beach, nearly 100 kilometres long. It is so remote that the only footprints in the sand besides your own are those left by scurrying crabs.

The beach is lined by dense mangrove forests sheltering a whole range of wildlife and smaller mammals. Perfect for taking long walks, collecting shells or watching the sun go down while sipping a glass of chilled champagne after a day of safari in Loango National Park.
A 30-minute boat ride from Loango Lodge brings you to Pte. Ste. Cathérine in the north of Loango National Park where our comfortable and well equipped tents nestle in the coastal forest right on the beach’s edge. Dine in the restaurant, on the lounge deck, or enjoy a feet-in-the-sand beach barbeque affair.

The perfect combination of wild beaches

Leave the world behind and roam free along wild beaches to the rhythmic crashing of the ocean breakers. You can discover the beach on foot or by bike. If you head south to Louri Lagoon, you have a good chance of spotting some buffalos and elephants on the beach. If you prefer the forest, you can also head into the mysterious mangrove area with of one of our eco-guides.

The point where the lagoon empties into the ocean contains some of the largest game fish in the world, making it an ideal spot for fishing – and only one minute’s walk from your tent!

Tranquility

Feel the wind in your hair, the salt on your lips, the breakers crashing at the water’s edge. Read, eat, drink or just sit around enjoying the smells and sounds of the beach. As evening falls, enjoy the menu’s choice of delicacies in the restaurant or with your feet in the sand. Later, it is night, you listen to the fire burning crisply and some animal noises in the distance, but slowly the ocean, endlessly ebbing and flowing along the beach, lulls you into a deep, contented sleep.

Turtle patrolling, fishing

Gabon is home to one of the largest leatherback populations in the world. In the turtle season, from October to February, you can venture out at night with our expert eco-guides to look for nesting marine turtles. In total, four species of marine turtles can be found nesting on Gabon’s beaches. The leatherback and the olive ridley nest here regularly but the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle only nest here on rare occasions.

Activities

  • Sea turtle night patrol
  • Deep-sea fishing
  • Beach walks
  • Beach cycling (depending on tides)
  • Viewing animals on the beach
  • Mangrove hikes

When to go

Pte. Ste. Cathérine Beach Camp is open all year. Temperatures vary from 28 to 31 °C. The rains fall between November and April.

Special months:
September – March: deep-sea fishing
October – February: turtle nesting season

During the rainy season Pte. Ste. Cathérine sunsets are even better than usual.

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Nature

In 2002,  late President Omar Bongo Ondimba put Gabon firmly on the map as an important future ecotourism destination by nominating more than 11% of the nation’s territory as National Park – a new standard in African eco-tourism and conservation!

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Wildlife

Gabon is home to western lowland gorillas and nearly 200 other mammal species and 600 species of birds. In Loango National Park, you can find elephants and buffalos roaming freely on its endless beaches.

Climate

Rainfall varies from an annual average of 120 inches in the capital Libreville to 150 inches on the northwest coast, with almost all of it falling between October and April. In the period from May to September there is little, if any, rainfall, but humidity remains high.

People

The earliest inhabitants of Gabon are the pygmy people. Pygmy tribes are known for their hunting & gathering culture in the central African rainforest, and for their height: adult members grow on average to less than 150 cm (4 feet 11 inches).