Africa’s Eden is the result of Dutch entrepreneur Rombout Swanborn’s dream. In 2001 Operation Loango was started by his Société de Conservation et Dévelopement to develop low-impact tourism and to start research, park management and education activities in national parks in western Central Africa.

The idea was that tourism could and should pay for conservation. After the project was completed, in 2007, Africa’s Eden started to offer fly-in safaris to its Loango and Evengue lodges and three other camps in Gabon, giving outsiders the chance to experience the unique, diverse, and intact ecosystems in and around the park. Africa’s Eden also offers a range of tours and exclusive accommodations in the islands of Sao Tomé and Principe. Profits generated by Africa’s Eden are reinvested in the area to ensure continued and economically sustainable protection of the national parks.