Batéké Plateau National Park
This Gabon National Park was founded in 2002 and is located in the south east of Gabon in the province of Haut-Ogooue.
The park covers an area of more than 2,034 square kilometers and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed in October 2005. The landscape is totally captivating with high Bateke plateau forests, savannah and thick bushes.
The park is divided into two by Mpassa river which runs on a wide corridor of riparian forest. Some of the animals in the park include Debrazza monkeys which occupy the gallery forests on the plateau, Allen’s swamp monkey and several species of amphibian.
Some of the birds in Batéké Plateau National Park include the black-headed bee-eater, Forbes’ plover, larks, pipits, quailfinch, cisticola, francolin, Congo Moor-chat, Marsh widowbird, weaver, black-collared bulbul, Angola batis and bush shrike among others.
Tens to hundreds of thousands of both species arrive here in August or September to breed along the sandy coast. When the main rains arrive in February, both species disperse inland, the aforementioned disappearing into the unknown depths of the Congo Basin.