GABON TRAVEL GUIDE
The central African nation of Gabon has long been seen as an economic miracle in a region where political instability and poverty is endemic. But then Gabon is a country lavishly endowed with nature’s bounty, whether it consists of lush equatorial forests, a fertile coastline that opens out to beautiful, sandy beaches or bottomless reserves of gold and mineral deposits.
Libreville, the capital is a smart, cosmopolitan city, reputed to be one of the most expensive places in the world. Visitors to Gabon enjoy deep-sea fishing and safaris to see native African primates, mammals and birds in their natural habitat.
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GABON QUICK FACTS
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XAF)
Area: 267,667 km²
Population: 2,119 million (2018)
Language: French (official), Fang, Myene, Nzebi, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabi
Religion: Christian 55%-75%, animist, Muslim less than 1%
Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)
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GABON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 17 April, Women’s Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 15 August, Assumption
- 17 August, Independence Day
- 1 November, All Saints Day
Also, Easter Monday, Ascension, Whit Monday, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.
GABON WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Gabon has a moist, hot climate of typically tropical regions. Precipitation is abundant and spread almost throughout the year. Temperatures are high and remain relatively constant throughout the year. January to April is typically the hottest season.
HEALTH RISKS IN GABON
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.