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Name: Gabonese Republic or Gabon
Surface Area: 267 667 km²
Main Provincial Cities: Port-Gentil, Franceville
Population: 1.7 million inhabitants
GDP/inhabitant: $12,302 USD
Official Language: French
Major Languages Spoken: Bantu languages (Fang)
Religions: Christian (55-75%), Animists, Moslem
Government: Multiparty Democracy
Motto of the Republic: Union, Work, Justice
National Hymn: The Concorde
President of the Republic: Ali Bongo Ondimba
Independence: August 17, 1960
Climate: Equatorial, hot and humid, with an average annual temperature of 26°C and rainy and dry seasons.
Telephoning in Gabon: 00 + 241 + complete number
Time Zone: GMT+1 hour
Currency: Cfa Franc (1€=655.96 FCFA)
The Equator goes right through the Gabonese Republic, or Gabon, this country in Central Africa which is surrounded by Equatorial Guinea to the Northwest, by Cameroon to the North, by Congo to the East and to the South, and by the Atlantic Ocean to the West. The forest represents 85% of the territory and the seacoast is 800 km long.
The Gabonese flag was adopted on August 9, 1960.
Green symbolizes the forests in the country, yellow is for the Equator, or the sun, and blue represents water, the ocean and the inner waterways.
Gabon is one of the most prosperous countries in Africa, with one of the highest development indexes on the African continent. This wealth can be explained mostly because of the major natural resources, the forest and hydrocarbons. The economy of the country relies mainly on three export products: petroleum, manganese and wood. Petroleum constitutes the main products making up 80% of exports, and manganese puts Gabon at the second rank among world producers, right after South Africa.
The primary sector contributes very little to the national economy, and nearly 80% of food products are imported. Conscious of this drawback, the government has therefore launched the “Grains” project in order to improve food security and food self-sufficiency. Animal-raising activities (beef, pork, chicken, mutton) are recent and are also developing in the Provinces of Ngounié, Nyanga and the Upper Ogooué.
A real willingness to change on the part of the authorities in order to diversify the economy, was at the source of the launching of the Strategic Plan for an Emerging Gabon in 2012, based on three major development axes: Green Gabon, Industrial Gabon and Services Gabon.
The purpose of « Industrial Gabon » is to increase the local valuation of raw materials in order to export products with high added value.
The purpose of « Services Gabon » is to become a regional reference in areas such as financial services, new information technology, healthcare, etc.
« Green Gabon » aims to preserve the natural environment and fight against climate change and the warming of the planet.
Gabon is a country that has been preserved, endowed with remarkable biodiversity, as well as a great variety of natural scenery, possessing a huge potential for Ecotourism that the government would like to develop. The « Green Gabon » project involves the National Parks (ANPN) who work towards the development of sustainable tourism and the creation of 13 national parks in order to protect this incredible natural patrimony.
A stable and prosperous country, Gabon is a very promising tourist destination with uncountable advantages!
The 2nd lungs of the planet after the Amazon, Gabon possesses a rich fauna and exceptional flora which will seduce any lover of nature. Since ecotourism is very much and fully expanding in the world, Gabon intends to attract more and more tourist who want to return to nature that has been preserved for thousands of years, back to the authentic Africa.
Its biodiversity is one of the richest in the world, with more than 8000 vegetal species, 150 mammal species, 623 bird species and 17 cetacean species.
The country detains a unique fauna with emblematic species such as the forest elephant, the forest buffalo, gorillas, manatees, hump-back whales and leatherback turtles which are still well protected within the thirteen national parks, wherein the Lope national park is inscribed on the list of the UNESCO World Patrimony.
Libreville is a modern, cosmopolitan and welcoming city. While visiting the political capital, you must go visit the museum of arts and traditions which will allow you to discover the rites and beliefs of Gabon, the Saint Michel church, the Saint Marie neighborhood and its cathedral, the lively Lalala area, the Louis quarter and that of Quaben. Finally, you can finish your tour at the artisans villages where you can buy all sorts of souvenirs made in Africa.
For those who love nature, numerous excursions and activities are possible at only a few kilometers from the capital. You can plunge into the luxurious vegetation of the Raponda Walker Arboretum and its exceptional biodiversity. Discover the mangroves of the Akanda National Park, or take a walk on the beautiful beaches of the National Pongara Park where the giant turtles lay their eggs.
You must also discover Gabonese gastronomy, such as the stuffed crabs, dishes based on leaves and smoked fish, or even the Nyembwé chicken with red palm nut sauce.
– Port-Gentil on Mandji Island
– Coastal area, the beaches of the Sablière and Tropicana, the Pointe Saint-Denis
– National Park of Lopé
– National Park of Loango
– Caves of Lastoursville
– Region of the Lakes near Lambaréné
– Franceville and the Plateau Region