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Gabon: The First Tourist to Animal Planet

National Geographic Adventure picks the 25 best new outfitted trips.

Text by Bonnie Tsui  


Gabon  |  Mali  |  Namibia  |  South Africa

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Go Wild
With its 2008 trip, Journeys International writes a fitting end to Gabon's eco-success story, bringing some of the first tours to the nation's newly established parks. "It's the greatest concentrations of undisturbed wildlife anywhere in Africa," reported explorer J. Michael Fay in 2002. After scouting out the terrain last year, Journeys founder Will Weber was stunned by Ivindo, a roadless national park that houses buffalo, crocodiles, and the Langoué Bai Research Camp—all a three-hour trek from the nearest village. In Lopé National Park, guests divide their time between the laid-back bungalow comfort of the Lopé Hotel and Mikongo Camp, where scientists study gorillas, chimps, and black colobus monkeys.

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Outfitter: Journeys International (www.journeys.travel)

Price: $7,595

Length: 15 days

Departs: January

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