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Organising Your Trip
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
Léon-Mba International Airport (LBV)
SOGATRA operates a bus service between the airport and the city centre
Different Forms of Tourism
Among the historical sites of Gabon, the most important are: the Kaya-Kaya Rock art site (with its 280 petroglyphs carved with metal tools); the historic town of Lambaréné; the Lastourville Caves (used since ancient times for magical ceremonies); and the Ayem rock art in Ogooué-Ivindo (with its prehistoric rock carvings).
The National Museum of Arts and Traditions in Libreville offers an insight on Gabon's traditional arts with its huge collection of cultural masks and tribal crafts. Other imporant museums include the Gabon National Museum (also displaying a wide collections of masks, sculptures, carvings and artworks) and the French Cultural Centre, where several musicals, exhibits, recitals, and other cultural initiatives take place.
Gabon has a rich wildlife and beautiful landscapes, with 11.25% of the country's territory proclaimed as national parkland, with rainforests, savannah and white-sand beaches.
The main national parks include: the Lopé National Park (a Unesco World Heritage Site populated with elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees and mandrills); the Loango National Park (with forests, savannah and lagoons where hippos find their habitat, together with whales and dolphins that populate Gabon's sea); and the Mayumba marine park.
The Leconi Canyons are the country's main attraction, with its twin canyons and its rocks that glow red and gold at sunset.
The main religious points of interest are the Cathedral Sainte Marie and Notre-dame de Lourdes in Libreville, the Evangelic Center of Bethanie, St louis and Sta Ana in Port-Gentil.
Gabon is not rich in mineral and thermal water.
Many beautiful deserted beaches can be found on the Atlantic Coast of Gabon. Pointe Denis and Ekwata in the northern area of the country and Mayumba and Sette Cama in the south are among the most famous beaches. Port Gentil and Cap Estérias also welcome tourists and are suitable for skin diving.
- Winter Sports
The climate of Gabon is not suitable for winter sports.
- Outdoor Activities
Being rich in natural parks and wildlife, Gabon is an interesting destination for trekking enthusiasts (wildlife tracking is becoming the country’s main attraction, with its fauna of gorillas and chimpanzees, elephants, crocodiles, leopards, etc).
The Atlantic coast of Gabon offers several beautiful uncrowded beaches, suitable for different kinds of water sports and activities. Mayumba National Park is suitable for bodysurfing and humpback whales watching.
Traditional masks, carvings and bieri (ancestral sculpture) made of natural materials such as wood, raffia and feathers, are typical of Gabon and are still used in religious ceremonies and activities. Original Fang masks in particular have a high value at art auctions throughout the world.
Crafts from local villages, clay pots, fang masks and stone carvings can be bought in the Akebe-Plaine and Mon-Bouet markets in Libreville. The M'bolo complex is Libreville's biggest shopping centre, with many small shops. The Village des Artisans Arts & Crafts, also in Libreville, is another location where Gabonese souvenirs can be bought, though most of the goods are imported. In informal shops it is normal to bargain.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Libreville (GMT+1)
- Summer Time Period
There are no daylight saving time clock changes in Gabon
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
Gabon is a tropical country crossed by the Equator, and has a hot and humid climate. In particular, in the north and in inland areas there is a short dry season (from June to August), while in the central and southern part of the coast the temperatures cool down during the dry season. In the southern part of the country, the dry season is longer (from around mid-May to mid-September). The temperatures vary little over the course of the year in the north and the centre of the country, with highs of around 30°C from January to May and 25°C from June to September. From June to September there is almost no rain (though the humidity is high); with occasional rain in December and January. During the remaining months, rainfall is often heavy.
A big part of Gabon’s territory is occupied by forests and mangroves, except the extreme east, occupied by the savannah.
- Hotel reservation websites
Ministry for Transports and Logistics
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Gabonese cuisine includes many African traditional ingredients, but it has also been influenced by the French cuisine. The main dishes include:
- Fufu, made from pounded cassava
- Braised fish
- Brochette: meat-skewers
- Nembwe, chicken cooked in a soup made from the pulp of pine or palm nuts
- Atanga, a fruit that is boiled, with its flesh being spread on bread
- Beignets, a deep-fried choux pastry
- In general, cassava is the main starch.
Régab (Régie Gabonaise des Boissons) is a local beer. Palm wine is also common.
- Dietary Restrictions
In Gabon, many plant species used for ritual purposes.
Muslims (around 6% of the population) normally do not eat pork meat (unless it is “halal”, which means it is permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) nor drink alcohol.
The drinking age for alcohol is 18.
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
ATMs in Libreville and Port-Gentil generally work only with Visa cards, although MasterCard sometimes works at branches of UGB. ATMs can run out of money before the weekend.
Money (mainly EUR and USD) can be converted in banks and exchange bureaus (XOF is pegged to the EUR).
- Possible Means of Payment
Cash is by far the most common payment method. Credit cards are only accepted at top-end hotels.
Travellers' cheques are not used in the country.
- Official Language
Although Gabon did not formally adopt an official language, French is used for education, justice and andministration.
- Other Languages Spoken
Fang, Myene, Nzebi, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabi
- Business Language
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Latest Update: September 2023