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Gabon Travel Facts

Natural Features: Narrow low lying coastal strip, which rises to a series of plateaus. Three quarters of the country is covered by rain forests and deep river valleys which dissect the country into relatively small isolated units
Rainy Seasons: Jan to May


Getting There:

Air: There are direct flights to Libreville from Brussels, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Geneva on Sabena, Air France, Air Afrique, Swissair, Air Gabon and Royal Air Maroc. Various airlines, including Air Afrique, Nigeria Airways, Cameroon Airlines and Air Gabon, provide good connections with West African coastal cities.
Rail: You can take the train from Brazzaville to Mbinda. The stretch between Loubomo and Brazzaville is normally done by train.
Road: Entry into the country is possible from Congo, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
Sea: There are occasional freight boats that ply between Libreville and Douala that may take passengers. Fares are negotiable.

Travel Around:

Air: The fastest way to get around is via Air Gabon, which flies between Libreville and Lambarene, Port-Gentil, Franceville and other major towns. The frequency varies from daily to three times a week.
Road: There are few paved roads, and despite being well maintained, the dirt roads are alternatively slippery or sticky during the long rainy season
Sea and Lakes: There are several boats that ply between Libreville and Port-Gentil almost every day. The fastest takes about four hours one way; slower boats take from five to eight hours.
Rail: The Transgabonais train runs four times a week between Owendo and Franceville via Booue and Lastoursville, and is efficient and punctual. Libreville's railway station is in Owendo, about 10km south of the city centre.
Driving: You need an international driver's licence. Road traffic is on the right.
Passport and Visa: Required by all. Passport Validity: Passports must be valid for more than 6 months. Visas: Required by all.
Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, yellow fever, meningitis, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid. Recommended in some circumstances, seek further advice.
Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate required by all. Exempt infants under 1 year

Religion: Animist, Christian, Muslim

GDP: $4170 per capita
Time: GMT+1
International Dialing Code: 241
International Radios: BBC KHz (daytime) 17830,15400,6005 (evening) 17830, 15400,11835
Business Hours: Government offices are open from 0930 to 1200 and 1530 to 1730 Monday to Friday. Banks are open from 0745 to 1130 and 1445 to 1630 Monday to Friday. Shops are open from 0800 to 1200 and 1500 -1900 Monday to
Weekly Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Public Holidays: Christmas Day (Dec 25), Islamic Holidays, Easter Monday (Variable), New Year's Day (Jan 1), Labour Day (May 1), Independence Day (Aug 17)
Electricity: 220V AC 50z
Emergency Services: Police: 732036 Fire: 18 or 761520 Ambulance: 732771

Last Updated on Wednesday 2nd December 2009

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