Thursday, January 28, 2021


Gabon Flag

Why visit Gabon?
Best known for their beaches, caves, fishing, mangroves, rivers, tribal culture, rainforests, waterfalls, and wildlife. 

At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Glassware, masks, musical instruments, pottery, soapstone sculptures, and wood carvings.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Cassava Root. Dacryodes Edulis (firm fruit). Gari (porridge).
  • Local Drink to Try: Rehab (beer).

Fun Facts
  • In 1472, the Portuguese arrived.
  • In 1960, became independent from France.
  • In 1981, commercial radio station, Africa No. 1 was founded. Considered one of the most powerful radio stations.
  • In 2008, the National Geographic Expedition  began documenting their caves
  • Rich in natural resources: forests, gold, iron,magnesium, petroleum, and uranium. 
  • Libreville is Africa's most expensive city.
  • Only women are permitted to attend Juju Magic Mass on Sundays.
  • The President is protected by 1800 security guards.
  • Relies on logging and manganese income mining.
  • Education is required for youths ages 6 - 16.
  • Oil revenue contributes to local school construction and teachers' salaries.
  • Best Atlantic tarpon fishing in the world.

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (February) Gabao Hip Hop Festival, (May) Festival Akini-a-Loubou, and (August) Les Nuits Atypiques.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Easter Monday, Women's DayLabour Day, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Assumption Day, Independence DayEid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, All Saints Day, and Christmas Day.

Good to Know
  • English is not spoken; official language is French.
  • Hot and humid year round!
  • Avoid political rallies and social protests.
  • Avoid roaming at night.
  • Largely a cash economy; credit cards are not widely accepted.
  • Prevalent diseases include African Trypanosomiasis, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever,  HIV/AIDS, Malaria, SchistosomiasisTuberculosis, and Yellow Fever.
  • Avoid public transportation.

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA required.
  • Yellow Fever vaccination required. 

Bitam, Woleu-Ntem, Gabon. Photo Credit: Ralph Messi/Unsplash

  • Best Time to Visit: June - September
  • Hottest Months: March - May
  • Peak Season: October - December

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Lopé National Park

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