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Gabon : When and where to go?
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Gabon: Climate & Weather
The country experiences an equatorial climate, with temperatures between 22 and 32 ° C, and high humidity due to heavy precipitation. The year is divided into four distinct seasons: a small dry season from December to January, with little rain and a clear blue sky; A great dry season from May to September, without rains, with mild temperatures and a rather gray sky; A rainy season in October and November, with alternating sun and heavy rains; And a major rainy season between February and April, where heavy rains are accompanied by tornadoes.
28°C - 82°F
Libreville, updated 21:00 GMT
What to do in Gabon
Located in the west of Africa, Gabon is still little known to tourists, despite its natural riches like its well preserved equatorial forest where rare animals (including gorillas) live and very varied plant species. There are 13 national parks, such as La Lopé with its forests and savannahs, Pongara with its mangroves, and the Waka with its mountains.
Libreville, the capital, was built in 1849 and then welcomed slaves who became free, hence its name. There is the market of Mont Bouet, but also some monuments such as the Church of St. Michael and its columns, the National Museum of Arts and Traditions whose exterior walls are covered with traditional masks, or the presidential palace and its amazing architecture Overpriced materials. It is also on the beaches of Libreville that you can reach the sea.
Another city to visit, Port-Gentil, located on the island of Mandji, southwest of Libreville, which also has beautiful beaches, and many establishments for entertainment, restaurants, bars or nightclubs.
Also stop in Mayumba, a small town south of the coast, with its bays where you can see leatherback turtles.
But the highlight of your trip is nature: the lakes region is a must in this area, which you can explore by motorboat. The vast lakes of the south will allow you to discover the traditions of the myenated peoples, through their dances and their music.
Gabon : The basics
You will need a visa to enter Gabon as well as a valid passport for at least 6 months, and a return ticket.
The current currency is the CFA Franc (XAF).
Budget question, if you choose medium hotels and small restaurants, plan around 50 € per day and per person.
You will land at Léon M'Ba Libreville Airport, just over 10 km from the city, and taxis will take you to the center.
To travel on the spot, you can also fly between the most important cities. A boat connects Libreville and Port-Gentil because no road exists. You can also choose the train, the Transgabonais, which goes from Libreville to Franceville, or minibuses when the season allows. Car rentals are overpriced, and roads are in very poor condition: if you choose this solution, rent a 4X4.
Regarding your health, be aware that vaccination against yellow fever is obligatory. Also be up-to-date with your conventional vaccinations, and in addition you are advised to take care of hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies. Also take treatment for malaria. Do not bathe in stagnant water, drink bottled water exclusively, do not consume ice cubes, and eat only well-cooked food.
As for security, there is a certain urban delinquency in the main cities, and one should avoid walking alone, especially in the evening or at night. For your travels in the country, inquire beforehand with the Consulate of France.
Shopping: you can bring souvenirs of Gabonese handicrafts such as masks carved fangs, pottery, traditional musical instruments, stone figurines.