|As mentioned above, Gabon has been able to successfully retain and conserve its rain forests and so in some respects can offer a different holiday experience to many other African countries. Rain forests cover an amazing 85% of Gabon, so you’re never far away from being able to experience one! Gabon is also strongly promoting these facts by advertising itself as a great destination for eco-tourism.
Following on from this, many areas of Gabon has been designated as National Parks – there are now an impressive 13 national parks in Gabon where you can see a variety of landscapes, flora and fauna.
Gabon National Parks
All 13 of Gabon’s national parks are spectacular in one way or another. Loango National Park, for example, protects an area of coastline including an African lagoon system. Just off the coast are large populations of dolphins, humpback whales and killer whales whilst on dry land you might see elephants, hippos, gorillas and leopards roaming along the beautiful white sandy beaches.
Several others of the national parks in Gabon are coastal. These include Mayumba National Park which protects the nesting ground of leatherback turtles and marine life, whilst Akansa National Park protects coastal mangrove forests.
The capital, and largest city, of Gabon is Libreville. This is an attractive coastal city with a relaxed pace of life and feeling of multi-culturalism. The seafront is popular, and other attractions include the arboretum, nearby beaches and boat trips to Pointe Denis, an island about 25 minutes away.
Another of Gabon’s larger cities is Franceville. This city is in the far east of the country and has a number of attractions. As with Libreville, the city itself is very attractive and is famous for its numerous waterfalls, the best known of which is Poubara Falls.
Port-Gentil, as with a number of other cities in Gabon, has grown up around the discovery of oil. Port-Gentil has also developed into a city with several attractions of interest to visiting tourists too. There are various hotels here, and the city has developed a vibrant nightlife as well as a casino, zoo, beaches and a golf course.