Bateke Plateau National Park, Gabon 

Vast swathes of savannah cover 2050 sq km and reach heights of 860m. The land is almost desertlike and erosion has caused canyons to form (known as cirques). It’s all a twitcher’s delight with the rare Angola batis, black-collared bulbul and Finsch’s francolin. Some birds exist nowhere else, such as the Congo moor-chat. Elephants, western lowland gorillas and forest buffaloes roam and there are brightly coloured butterflies, beetles and spiders.

Epic Gabon Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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