Gabon is one of the most prosperous countries in Africa. Located in Central Africa, it shares its border with the Atlantic coast. Due to its many petroleum reserves, it has a growing GDP. 

Gabon is not packed with people and its low population density is like a breath of fresh air.

The capital city of Gabon is Libreville. Flights can be taken to the important cities of Owendo, Franceville, Kango, Gamba. Since this a wealthy country, you can expect a good intracity transportation network.

The landscape of Gabon is both varied and beautiful. The Atlantic coast has lush rainforests and plains. Moving closer to the center, you can find highland rainforests. 

Its rich biodiversity is conserved by the country. You can visit Crystal Mountains National Park which has a plethora of flora to behold. Akanda National Park offers you a ride to the mangroves. When you visit Ivindi National Park during summer, you can find wild animals lurking on the edges of water bodies. But you can’t leave Africa without going on a safari. Worry not, Chez Beti is a safari camp located on the coast. You can lounge on a tropical beach and enjoy the variety of fauna before your eyes. 

Prices are affordable in Gabon. Restaurants will serve you delicious foods at cheap prices and you will fall in love with the local beer –Regab. Seriously, drink as much as you want. It’s the cheapest beer in the country! 

The official currency is CFA Franc. The approximate exchange rate is XOF656 for US$1. You can only use notes issued by the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States); notes issued by the Banque des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Bank of West African States) are not valid. Credit cards are acceptable, but not widely. 

There are multiple share-taxis in towns and cities. Prices vary. However, if you want to rent a car, you can do it from main hotels and at the airports. Keep in mind that the prices are rather high. Also, roads are mainly in poor condition and traveling during the rainy seasons is inadvisable. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. 

In Gabon, they use electric sockets of type C, as in Europe. The standard voltage is 220V. The F-type plug is also applicable. 

It’s simple to get around this country since Gabon has well-paved roads. So, if you feel like it, you can rent a car and travel around. Buses are also available to go inland. On the other hand, railways aren’t just tiring, they are probably not to be trusted.

Gabon is a country where French is widely spoken, becoming independent in 1960. You need to learn basic French before visiting it. The locals won’t speak English. 

August 10, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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