Gabon is a central west African country located on the Equator. The western side of the country is on the Atlantic Ocean, while the north borders Cameroon. The Atlantic coast has numerous secluded golden beaches where leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs. A large proportion of the country is covered by rainforest.
Gabon’s capital, Libreville, is a port on the Komo River with a population of 500,000. Libreville’s focal point is the seafront (Bord de Mer) where people congregate and relax. The seafront is guarded by imposing Gabonese sculptures, some of which are 20 feet high. Libreville has several beaches nearby, including Pointe Denis. Good nightlife abounds in the Loius area.
Other attractions in Gabon are Mont Iboundji and Monts de Cristal, which are both good locations for hiking and spectacular scenery. La Lopez National Park has a diverse variety of animal species in it. Nyonié Reserve is the place closest to Libreville to go on a safari. Makokou, on the Ivindo River, near Ivindo National Park, offers fishing and stunning sunsets.
Port Gentil, Gabon’s second city, is near Cape Lopez, Gabon’s westernmost point. Port Gentil is a port surrounded by rainforest isolated from the rest of Gabon as it has no major roads accessing it. Port Gentil is renowned for its nightlife and hotels. It also features St Louis Church, a zoo, a casino, beaches and swamps with ample wildlife.
By African standards Gabon is quite an affluent country and so has fewer dangers for the independent traveller. A good selection of hotels is available in the country. A four-star hotel in Libreville is on hand for those with large budgets. Buy Gabonese souvenirs and handicrafts at Marche Artisanal in Libreville.
Gabon’s main entry point for international arrivals is Libreville Leon M’ba International Airport. The airport has flight services originating in France, Germany and other African nations. Gabon also has a small railway network. Roads of a reasonable standard link most major towns in the country.