Gabon

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The Gabonese Republic is located on the western coast of central Africa. Gabon is located on the equator and borders Equatorial Guinea in the northwest, Cameroon in the north, the Republic of the Congo in the east and south and the Gulf of Guinea in the west. Gabon has a small population of approximately 1.6 million people with most of the population residing in the capital city of Libreville.

A former French Colony, Gabon is now known for its pristine natural environment and has one of the largest proportions of parkland in the world.

Travel Requirements

  • Passport
  • Visas, please contact the embassy in your region
  • Proof of vaccination against yellow fever 

Diplomatic Missions

Embassy of the Gabonese Republic in Washington D.C.
Official website of the embassy of Gabon in Washington D.C.
Embassy of the Gabonese Republic in the United Kingdom
Official website of the embassy of Gabon in the United Kingdom
Embassy of the Gabonese Republic in Paris
Address and contact information of the embassy of Gabon in Paris
List of Gabonese Embassies and Missions around the world.
Address and contact information of all embassies and diplomatic missions from and to Gabon

Weather: Gabon Weather
Communications: Dial 011 followed by country code 241

Climate

As Gabon is on the equator, the climate is hot and humid. The average temperature year round is 78°F ( 26°C).  The best time to visit Gabon is during the two dry seasons. The dry seasons are alternated with wet seasons of tropical rains.

Dry Seasons: May-September, December-January
Wet Seasons: January-May, September-December

Language: French is the official language; most Gabonese do not speak English.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda
This well-conserved tropical rainforest and savannahs boasts a diversity of species including large mammals and habitats. The landscape is notable because it contains well preserved evidence of biological evolution over the last 15,000 years.  This park also contains evidence of habitation stretching over 400,000 years which can be seen in the large collection of rock art petroglyphs. Lopé-Okanda was a major migration route of Bantu people who then spread across sub-Saharan Africa.

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