9 Best Things to Do in Gabon


Gabon is a coun­try with untouched trop­i­cal nature, where ancient tra­di­tions and moder­ni­ty coex­ist. Peo­ple come here to see the pic­turesque nat­ur­al parks “Crys­tal Moun­tains” and Mayum­ba, ride a jeep in the Lope park, canoe on the Ivin­do Riv­er. The mosque of Has­san II will impress with its beau­ty, and the Catholic Church of Saint-Michel will impress with its orig­i­nal­i­ty of con­struc­tion.


Who and why should come to Gabon

Con­nois­seurs of eth­nic cul­ture will love vis­it­ing the Muse­um of Art and Tra­di­tions in Libre­ville. Here you can see with your own eyes masks, ivory prod­ucts and carved wood­en sculp­tures by local crafts­men.

Archi­tec­ture lovers will be inter­est­ed to take a look at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace, built on an unusu­al scale, the Saint-Michel church with mahogany columns and the Has­san II mosque with a 40-meter minaret.

Those who want to see the untouched trop­i­cal nature will enjoy a trip to the nation­al parks of Gabon. Ivin­do Park is famous for its fau­na, as well as water­falls on the riv­er of the same name. Mayum­ba, Loan­go and Lope parks have pre­served the orig­i­nal flo­ra of savan­nas and man­grove forests, many species of rare and endan­gered ani­mals and birds.

Nightlife lovers will not be bored either — the Cape Lopez area will be of inter­est to clubs, bars and casi­nos.

Cultural attractions

Museum of Art and Traditions

musei iskustva

The insti­tu­tion is locat­ed in Libre­ville, the cap­i­tal of the coun­try. The muse­um has sev­er­al expo­si­tions that reflect the nation­al cul­ture of Gabon. Here you can see a vari­ety of rit­u­al masks of the Mit­so­go, Teke and Fang peo­ples.

Demon­strat­ed with­in its walls are prod­ucts made of wood and ivory. The halls also fea­ture mats, fab­rics from the leaves of the local raf­fia plant, hand­made jew­el­ry, and carved wood­en sculp­tures.

Presidential palace

presidentski palace

The palace in Libre­ville was built in the 70s of the XX cen­tu­ry by the Pres­i­dent of Gabon, Omar Bon­go. The cost of con­struc­tion turned out to be a record high — $ 800 mil­lion, and the size of the com­plex is so large that it can be seen from all areas of the cap­i­tal.

Exter­nal­ly, the palace does not impress with spe­cial archi­tec­tur­al delights or lux­u­ry, and entry for tourists is strict­ly pro­hib­it­ed. It is also impos­si­ble to pho­to­graph it — it is sur­round­ed by a guard around the perime­ter.

Hassan II Mosque


The tem­ple is locat­ed in the cap­i­tal of the coun­try, not far from the Pres­i­den­tial Palace. The mosque was built in 1983 and is designed for 5,000 peo­ple. The main part of it is made in white and yel­low col­ors, and more than 40-meter minaret — in dark green and gold­en hues. The inte­ri­or of the mosque is dec­o­rat­ed with col­or­ful mosaics and orna­ments in the Moroc­can style.

Church Saint-Michel

cerkov st michel

This is a Catholic church in the cap­i­tal of the coun­try, which sur­pris­es with its spe­cial archi­tec­ture. The main mate­r­i­al dur­ing con­struc­tion was wood of var­i­ous species, and the roof of the build­ing rests on 31 mahogany columns.

They are carved with illus­tra­tions of scenes from the Bible. Anoth­er fea­ture of this tem­ple is the choir, which dur­ing ser­vices uses nation­al musi­cal instru­ments, which gives a spe­cial sound to prayers.

National parks

Park “Crystal Mountains”

park crunch gori

The moun­tain range is also called the Chail­lou Moun­tains after the French trav­el­er. “Crys­tal” they were called for the puri­ty of the water­falls formed by moun­tain rivers. The pecu­liar­i­ty of the park is in a large num­ber of trees of rare species grow­ing here: red, black, osi­go, okoyume.

Wild orchids and bego­nias grow among the trees. Due to the abun­dance of vines, forests in some places turn into the jun­gle, where ele­phants, antelopes, zebras, lions and goril­las live. There are also hip­pos and croc­o­diles.

Ivindo parks

park ivindo

The park with an area of ​​3000 sq. km is locat­ed on both sides of the equa­tor. The riv­er of the same name flows through its ter­ri­to­ry. The steep rapids of the riv­er form the Kongu, Jiji and Min­guli water­falls.

The Langue Bai area is home to a large pop­u­la­tion of ele­phants, for obser­va­tion of which there is an obser­va­tion deck. A large num­ber of goril­las, chim­panzees, buf­faloes, riv­er pigs, sitatun­ga ante­lope, as well as hun­dreds of species of birds live here.

Mayumba Park

park maumbo

The ter­ri­to­ry of this small park occu­pies main­ly coastal waters, since main­ly ocean ani­mals have become pro­tect­ed here. Here you can see flocks of dol­phins, sharks, hump­back whales and leatherback tur­tles.

The lat­ter come ashore to lay their eggs — you can see this only at night. On land, the ter­ri­to­ry of the park is inhab­it­ed by ele­phants and antelopes, there are also buf­faloes, leop­ards, goril­las and chim­panzees.

Loango Park

park loanga

This pro­tect­ed area is locat­ed in the west of the coun­try and is called “the last Eden”. On its ter­ri­to­ry, savan­nas and man­grove forests, swamps, beach­es and lagoons coex­ist. Being on the coast of the ocean, you can see dol­phins and hump­back whales.

Olive and leatherback tur­tles lay their eggs on the shores at night. Herds of buf­faloes and zebras pass through the wood­ed part, chim­panzees and goril­las live here. But a spe­cial fla­vor of the park is giv­en by sev­er­al set­tle­ments of indige­nous peo­ple — pyg­mies.

Lope Park

park lope

The nature pro­tec­tion zone was estab­lished in 1946. Areas of moist equa­to­r­i­al forests and the savan­nah area remained intact here. Peo­ple come here to look at the local fau­na — for­est ele­phants and goril­las. In addi­tion to explor­ing the forests, vis­i­tors are offered a jeep safari through the savan­nah and boat raft­ing on the Ogowa Riv­er, which is full of rapids.

Cape Lopez

mis lopes

A head­land on the west coast of the coun­try near the town of Port-Gen­til is famous for its old red and black light­house. The city itself became the cap­i­tal of the oil busi­ness in Gabon. But they also come here for enter­tain­ment — this is an expen­sive resort area for lovers of nightlife.

Many hotels are con­cen­trat­ed on the cape, as well as casi­nos, clubs and bars. Rich Gabonese, Euro­pean employ­ees of local com­pa­nies and wealthy tourists rest on Lopez.


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