Gabon Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Gabon

Where is it?: Gabon is in western Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, between Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea

Why do people go here?: If you can make it to Gabon, there are virgin rainforests loaded with wildlife.

What are the main entry points?: There are direct flights from Europe and a few regional airlines

Currency used: Central African Franc

Country Code for Phones: 241

Area codes for Major Cities: Libreville 44-79

Religion: Roman Catholic and other Christian 55-75%, Muslim

Population: 1.5 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Fang, Eshira, Bapounou, Bateke,

Government: Republic

Languages: French, Fang, Indigenous, Myene

Travel Information

Major Cities: Libreville

Attractions: Lope, Lekedi Park

Tourism Office locations and links: Center Gabonais de Promotion Touristique (GABONTOUR)
622 Avenue du Colonel Parant, Center Ville, Libreville, Gabon

Postal address: BP 2085, Libreville, Gabon; Tel: 728 504 or 723 949; Web Site:

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Makokou

Health Issues: Yellow Fever

Tips for Visiting

When to go: To avoid a lot of rain and to get somewhat cooler temperatures, June through September are your best options.

Common Phrases: Hello = Bonjour, How are you? = Comment allez-vous?, Good = Bien or Bon, Yes = Oui, Okay = D’accord or OK, No = Non, Thank you = Merci, Please = S’il vous plaît, Goodbye = Au revoir

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day: August 17,

Getting Around: Airlines service the major cities, otherwise minibus and a few trains can get you around the rest of the country

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Gabon is the Libreville International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Gabon travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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