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Travel to Gabon, an adventure in equatorial forests

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Surrounded by the Congo, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon sits on the Atlantic Coast, waiting to be explored. The perfect destination for adventurers looking for something off the beaten track, nature lovers should travel to Gabon. Lying right on the Equator, it is a great destination for people passionate about nature. More than 80% of the country's surface is covered by a dense forest. A very diverse range of fauna can be found in forests, lagoons and swamp lands that border the country. Also, look out for humpback whales that pass along the coasts from June to September.

Our Editorial team's advice

Gabon is an oil rich country, home to large groups of expatriates from a range of different countries, but particularly France. Salaries are high and so is the standard of living. Expect lots of casinos and fancy restaurants.

pros

  • +Primeval forests and wildlife are well preserved.
  • +National flights are reliable and convenient.

cons

  • -Cost of living is very expensive.
  • -The lack of infrastructure and the Equatorial forest's high density do not facilitate travelling within the country.

Food

Most of the hotels and restaurants serve international food. Gabon's cuisine is diverse and delicious but is relatively hard to find as restaurants mainly offer food from the Congo, Cameroon or Senegal. All restaurants are relatively expensive.

Souvenirs

Gabonese handcraft represents the culture and ethnic traditions well. In big city markets, specialised shops or on street stands, you can find fang-sculpted masks, statuettes and rock sculptures, ceramics and traditional musical instruments. Shop opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Some shops are closed on Mondays.