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Gabon

Land of pristine beaches and surfing hippos

  • Companies:

    25 operators
  • Capital:

    Libreville
  • Population:

    1.5 million
  • Currency:

    Central African Franc
  • Total area:

    267,667 km² (103,347 miles²)
  • Wildlife:

    15 animals listed
  • Languages:

    French ...
  • Airports:

    Libreville (LBV)

Voltage and plug type

Type C (220V)

Type C (220V)

Recommended vaccinations

Yellow fever Typhoid Tetanus
MMR Hepatitis B Hepatitis A

Gabon map

About Gabon

Gabon is located on the western shores of the African continent and straddles the Equator. Its central, equatorial location gives it a tropical, humid climate and over 80% of Gabon is covered in rainforest. Gabon has been proactive in its efforts to protect and preserve its wildlife. In 2002, its president Omar Bonjo Ondimba allocated around 10% of Gabon’s land to be part of their national park system, which now includes 13 national parks.

Gabon is an ideal location for those interested in viewing primates and one the largest populations of western lowland gorillas can be found here along with large numbers other primates such as chimpanzees and mandrills. Due to the dense foliage and hot and humid conditions in Gabon, finding and viewing the wildlife can be difficult, much more difficult than in open areas such as Masai Mara, Kenya, Serengeti, Tanzania or Kruger, South Africa. Even more difficult to spot are the surfing hippos, which apparently have been seen bodysurfing in the ocean waves off of Gabon’s sandy beaches. It’s on these sandy beaches that one of the world’s largest populations of leatherback turtles nest.

In addition to the ‘traditional’ animals one expects to see on an African safari, whale-watching is also popular off the shores of Loango National Park. The sighting rates of humpback whales and dolphins for excursions between the months of mid-July through mid-September are purportedly close to 100%, making for a very productive outing.

Gabon is a sparsely inhabited country and much of its landscape is pristine, unvisited and uninhabited, making it a stellar safari destination for well-seasoned travelers. Its infrastructure is poor to non-existent and its lack of experience with tourism mean locals, and local police, are not completely sure how to deal with foreign tourists. The dense jungle and harsh conditions, coupled with the generally lower standards in accommodations, might make Gabon less desirable for first-time safari goers. Pricing remains competitive but the overall tourism infrastructure is of an overall lower standard and travelers planning on visiting Gabon should bear this in mind. 

Africa Discovery

Safari tour operator

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Yascore 70

Since:
Aug 1996

Africa Discovery was founded in 1996 by Cindi LaRaia, whose love for the continent of Africa began as a little girl watching Tarzan movies. Hokey I know, however the love grew into a deep desire to... read more

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  • 18 tour packages
Yascore 70

Since:
Aug 1996

Moonlight Tours Expedition

Safari tour operator

2 reviews

Yascore 62

Since:
Dec 2016

Company Profile Moonlight Tours Expedition was founded by Fredrick Saturun, whow was born and grew at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, he shifted from Kilimanjaro region to Arusha seeking for... read more

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  • 94 tour packages
Yascore 62

Since:
Dec 2016

Spot Kenya Safaris

Safari tour operator

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Yascore 61

Since:
Sep 1995

Spot Kenya Safaris Ltd will take you through an unforgettable adventure to see the Elephant, the Lion, the Rhino, the Leopard, the Zebra and other plains game found in the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Sam... read more

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  • 4 photos
  • 6 tour packages
Yascore 61

Since:
Sep 1995

Mama Tembo Tours

Safari tour operator

1 review

Yascore 59

Since:
Jun 2005

Mama Tembo Tours is owned and operated by Leslie Nevison. MTT originated in the Canadian province of British Columbia but has found a permanent home in Lusaka, Zambia, where its focus is seeing Zam... read more

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Yascore 59

Since:
Jun 2005

Global Bush

Safari tour operator

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Yascore 53

Since:
Oct 2000

Global Bush Travel and Tourism Agency was founded in 2000 with our head office located in Douala Cameroon. We are an inbound travel and tourism agency, offering Central African tours and travel Pac... read more

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  • 0 tour packages
Yascore 53

Since:
Oct 2000

African Wanderer

Safari tour operator

0 reviews

Yascore 51

Since:
Mar 2013

African Wanderer’s journey began in 1999 in Windhoek, with the aim of transforming our passion for Africa into a high quality tour operator, with extended knowledge of the destinations and a specia... read more

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  • 6 tour packages
Yascore 51

Since:
Mar 2013

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Yascore 50

Since:
Mar 1996

NATURA AFRICAN EXCLUSIVE TOURS is specialized in organizing Exclusive Safaris & Tours for Eastern & Southern Africa, with offices in Cape Town and Nairobi. Established in 1996, you are assured of ... read more

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  • 2 tour packages
Yascore 50

Since:
Mar 1996

Explore Africa

Safari tour operator

0 reviews

Yascore 49

Since:
Apr 2014

EXPLORE, Inc. specializes in custom safaris that are individually crafted for clients looking for "the real Africa." Whether you want the ultimate luxury Fly-in safari with a private guide or an of... read more

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  • 1 tour package
Yascore 49

Since:
Apr 2014

Tours by Locals

Safari tour operator

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Yascore 49

Since:
Mar 2013

Take a private tour with a knowledgeable local person as your tour guide! Reliable guides carefully selected and approved by ToursByLocals. read more

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  • 1 tour package
Yascore 49

Since:
Mar 2013

The Wild Source

Safari tour operator

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Yascore 48

Since:
Mar 2013

We believe most safari travelers want a trip focused on wildlife, yet there is a disturbing trend of promoting extravagant accommodation and pre-packaged itineraries based on the lodging instead of... read more

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  • 1 tour package
Yascore 48

Since:
Mar 2013

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