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Lekedi Park

Franceville, Gabon
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The Mandrills of Lekedi Park Franceville  Gabon

The Mandrills of Lekedi Park

During a trip to West Africa, my wife, daughter, and I arranged to visit to a rather unknown gem in Gabon called Lekedi Park. Lekedi Park is a relatively new animal reserve on the eastern side of the country near the Republic of Congo.

The park was established on land that previously housed mineral miners. It is now an animal reserve with housing for visitors to stay and explore with a guide. Visitors can see buffalo (not the American type), impalas, chimps, wild boar, various types of birds, and a gang of mandrills.

One afternoon during our three-day stay, our guide stopped the vehicle. With a bag of bananas in hand, he yells out what sounded like an African call from a Tarzan movie. and within minutes, a gang of a dozen or so mandrills appear from the deep brush to snack on bananas. These beautiful creatures are stunning to watch and we were afforded an opportunity to see several of them from a distance of a few feet.