Facts and Data
Unesco World heritage since: 2007
Size of heritage: 491,291 ha
- Buffer zone: 150,000 ha
The Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda demonstrates an unusual interface between dense and well-conserved tropical rainforest and relict savannah environments with a great diversity of species, including endangered large mammals, and habitats. The site illustrates ecological and biological processes in terms of species and habitat adaptation to post-glacial climatic changes. It contains evidence of the successive passages of different peoples who have left extensive and comparatively well-preserved remains of habitation around hilltops, caves and shelters, evidence of iron-working and a remarkable collection of some 1,800 petroglyphs (rock carvings). The property’s collection of Neolithic and Iron Age sites, together with the rock art found there, reflects a major migration route of Bantu and other peoples from West Africa along the River Ogooué valley to the north of the dense evergreen Congo forests and to central east and southern Africa, that has shaped the development of the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
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Small airport - 20 mi (32 km) Booue Airport
Small airport - 52 mi (84 km) Ville Airport
Small airport - 70 mi (113 km) Oyem Airport
Medium airport - 72 mi (117 km) Makokou Airport
Medium airport - 96 mi (155 km) Bitam Airport
Medium airport - 109 mi (176 km) Lambarene Airport
Medium airport - 120 mi (194 km) Minvoul Airport
Small airport - 122 mi (197 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Santo Antonio
- Urue Offong
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.