Governement : Republic
Capital : Libreville
Area : 267 667 km²
Population : 1,2 million
Official languages : French
Currency : Franc CFA
Vaccines and health
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for all travellers over one year of age.
For adults, don't forget your vaccinations: Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and for those people at risk: Tuberculosis, Rabies.
For children, don't forget the vaccinations: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tuberculosis, Measles, German Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis A & B, (1, long stay), Typhoid (1, long stay for those over 5 years old).
In Gabon, you must be warned about AIDS, Amebiasis, Ascaris, bilharziosis, Ebola Virus, Malaria, Hepatitis A & B, Poisonous Fish, Snakes, Scorpions, Spiders, Polio, Rabies, Sexually transmitted diseases, Tetanus, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Yellow Fever.
When to go?
Gabon has one big dry season from June to September and a little one from mid-December to Mid-January. These days are the best moments to visit the country.
Visas and diplomacy
For all information, please contact your embassy or the Gabon consulate.
Food and drinks
Hygienic problems variable in restaurants, markets and shops. Avoid tap water. Better to consume local bottled water : Andza (1, comes from Bateke).
Best places to go
The national parks are numerous in the Gabun. The fauna and the flora of the Gabun are all the more remarkable as the equatorial forest is still relatively well protected there. She(1, it) abounds in rare sorts of Animals (1, Pangolin of the Gabun) and of trees typical of this country. The national park of Odzala of a surface recently carried(1, worn) in 13.500 km2, establishes(1, constitutes), due to its evolution, one of the most extraordinary tropical forest ecosystems to be discovered.
Conducted tours in 4*4 are a good means to discover regions. Not to miss either the pond of Ogooué, surrounded with numerous of small islands. The main interest of the region being It is possible to visit in the city of Lambaréné, which is situated in this region, the former(1, ancient) hospital as well as the apartment of the doctor Dr Albert Schweitzer, who made this region known, transformed into museum.
Beaches of fine sand are also magnificent in the Gabun, in the bay(1, berry) of Ngombé, in waters blue-turquoise, Ekwata Village is a magnificent place of stay and relaxation.