Gabon: Loango NP – Rainforest Hiking

Not to be forgotten is the forest in Loango and hiking underneath massive tropic trees. The canopy high above blocks almost all light and the ground has very few plants, just the fallen and decomposing leaves. But there is a lot of interesting stuff here – mushrooms, tiny flowers, bizarre looking spiky tree trunks, weird fruits lying on the ground, lianas hanging from high branches, monkeys screaming high above your head (two species are endemic here and I saw both but photographed neither). And while looking up – make sure not sit step into fresh elephant dung or worse run into an elephant.