Gabon

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  Overview

Many nature lovers well acquainted with the African continent consider Gabon a rare and exotic tropical gem, yet tourism here still remains relatively undeveloped. Wildlife rich forests cover 70% of Gabon's landmass, its vast picturesque coastline is predominantly wild and unspoiled, and its inland and coastal waters teem with myriad species of fish, reptiles and marine mammals.

Gabon offers verdant tropical rainforests teeming with exotic wildlife such as chimpanzees, elephants and gorillas; the vast green savannahs of Lopé-Okanda Reserve; 500 miles (805km) of deserted sandy beaches, lagoons, and estuaries; and breathtaking African sunsets. 

Visitors to Gabon enjoy the thrill of discovery and exploration in a country which has not yet commercialised its many wonders.



 
  Bordering Countries   Capital City   Currency  
  Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Congo   Libreville   Central African Franc (CFA & XAF)  
             
  Official Language   Largest City   Dialling code  
  French   Libreville   +241  
   
 
 
 
 
           
           
           
  When to go

It is hot and humid during most of the year and is typically equatorial. High temperatures range from 23°C to 28°C (75° to 82°F) in the dry seasons and from 30°C to 34°C (86° to 93°F) in the rainy seasons. Four distinguishable seasons are evident, although they vary somewhat each year: the long dry season from late May until mid-September; the short rainy season from mid-September until mid-December; the short dry season from mid-December through January; and the long rainy season from February until late May. The summer months, as in the southern hemisphere, are the coolest time of the year.

Best time to go: May to September and Mid December to mid Janaury
High Season:
May to September and Mid December to mid Janaury
Low Season:
February to April (Heavy rainfall, warm)
Best Weather: May to September (Covered sky, no rain, smooth mornings)
Worst Weather:
February to April
Whale Watching: Mid-July to mid-September (Humpback whales)
   
               
 
           
Fast Fact

The Ogoouee (or Ogowe), some 1,200 kilometres long, is the principal river of Gabon in west central Africa and the fourth largest river in Africa by volume of discharge, trailing only the Congo, Niger and Zambezi. Its watershed drains nearly the entire country of Gabon
           
           
Electricity / Voltage
Plugs / sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter

The voltage is 220 V
The plug used is C
The electrical frequency is 50 Hz
           
           
Itravel's preferred Top Attractions
Brief descriptions of our recommended areas to visit
           
    Libreville
The capital and largest city of Gabon, in west central Africa. The city is a port on the Komo River, near the Gulf of Guinea, and a trade center for a timber region
 
         
    Lopé National Park
Although the terrain is mostly rain forest, in the north the park contains the last remnants of grass savannas created in Central Africa during the last Ice Age, 15,000 years ago. It was the first protected area in Gabon when the Lopé-Okanda Wildlife Reserve was created in 1946. In 2007, the Lopé-Okanda landscape was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
 
         
    Loango National Park
Situated between the Nkomi and Ndogo Lagoons, Loango National Park is the true jewel of Africa's western coast. Loango National Park offers breathtaking panoramas and the unique opportunity to observe elephants, buffalos, hippos, gorillas and leopards venturing onto the white sand beaches. After South Africa, the world's largest concentration and variety of whales and dolphins can be found right off the Loango coast
 
         
    Port Gentil
Port-Gentil or Mandji is the second-largest city of Gabon, and its leading seaport. It is the center of Gabon's petroleum and timber industries. Although it lies inshore, the nearby mainland is a remote forest area and it is not connected by road to the rest of the nation. The city lies close to Cape Lopez, the westernmost point in Gabon
 
         
    Ivindo National Park
A national park in east-central Gabon. It is bisected by the equator. Ivindo National Park was completed in 2004. It contains the famous Kongou Falls, and Langoué Bai, one of the five most important forest clearings in Africa
 
         
 
 

 

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