Gabon

Gabon
November 17, 2014 Miriam Chiazor

Welcome to Gabon

Gabon is an autonomous state situated on the west coast of Central Africa. It is accompanied to the northwest by Equatorial Guinea, to the north by Cameroon, on the south and east by Republic of Congo and to the west by Gulf of Guinea.

It houses about 1.6 million people, covering over 270,000 square kilometers and its state capital is Libreville.

The first settlers of the country were Pygmy people, and the Portuguese took over in 1472, while French came into Libreville in 1849. The region was granted self-government in 1960, and French style was adopted in 1961.

Gabon is an amazing country, endowed with beaches, rain forests and natural resources. The nation has long been considered an economic miracle, fertile coastline, bottomless reserves of gold and mineral deposits.

The capital is Libreville, cosmopolitan and accurate place classed to be among the expensive places in the world.

The per capita income of the country is higher than most countries in sub-Sahara Africa, with stable politics. The country has built up its profile as an outstanding tourist site, with gorillas, chimps and elephants on the forests.

Destinations in Gabon

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    Libreville is Gabon’s largest city and also doubles as its capital. With a population of nearly 1 million...

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Quick facts

  • Official name
    Gabonese Republic
  • Location
    Gabon is located on the equator on the west coast of Africa. It is bordered by Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameroon to the north, the Republic of the Congo to the east and south, and the Gulf of Guinea to the west
  • Government
    Presidential system, Republic
  • Dialing code
    +241
  • Climate weather
    Tropical/hot to humid
  • Population
    1,672,597 on 257,667 km²
  • Official language
    French
  • Other major languages
    Fang, Mbere, Sira
  • Currency
    Central African CFA Franc (XAF)
  • Foreign currencies accepted
    EUR (€), USD ($)
  • Entry requirements
    Visa (takes less than 7 days to process); Yellow Fever certificate is required on arrival from all travelers over one year of age. (For more information, visit - www.legabon.org)
  • Health tips
    Gabon is a malaria zone and there have been recent outbreaks of chikungunya fever and dengue fever, all transmitted by mosquito bites. There are no vaccines available for these diseases, but stringent anti-insect measures are recommended.
  • Security advice
    Avoid large gatherings where possible because protests can turn violent, as they did in late 2014 and early 2015, resulting in property damage and a number of casualties. It is advisable to remain up to date with the political circumstances and local news in order to avoid any danger.

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