Gabon is located on the west coast of Central Africa, on the equator. Equatorial Guinea is situated to the northwest, Cameroon directly to the north, Congo to the east and south, and the Gulf of Guinea. This Eden of Africa is covered in Atlantic Equatorial Coastal Forests, and the fauna and flora are incredible. It contains evergreen lowland forests, and the human population in the central section of the country is extremely low. Gabon’s wildlife collections are intact, and the country boasts 13 national parks and numerous other reserves.
The country is seen as one of the most prosperous countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Its capital city Libreville has an international airport with car rental facilities.
When visiting, travellers can choose from numerous national parks and nature reserves. Loango National Park is home to forest elephants, lagoons with whales and manatees, and it is said that after South Africa, this park is home to the largest concentrations and varieties of Whales and Dolphins in the world. Lopé National Park, Gabon’s oldest protected area, is home to gorillas, chimpanzees, and many other large mammals. Lopé, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its anthropological value as it has already been inhabited for 400,000 years. The oldest concentration of archaeological artefacts is found in the park.
Akanda and Pongara national parks together protect approximately 25% of the continent’s mangrove swamps. At around 300,000 hectares, Ivindo National Park is crucial for the protection of the rainforest and home to not only Forest Elephants, but also spectacular waterfalls often referred to as the ‘Wonders of Ivindo’.
Travellers planning a trip to Gabon should consult their local travel clinic regarding vaccinations and malaria prevention. The CDC recommends the following vaccinations: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), while a yellow fever vaccination is required.
Most tour operators and travel agents will recommend purchasing travel insurance before arriving. Most plans include emergency air evacuation if visitors are travelling to remote areas of the country. We advise that visitors talk to their travel consultants before travelling.