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Kongou Falls, GabonKongou Falls, Gabon
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Gabon is a country on the western coast of Central Africa. It is a republic headed by a president and a prime minister. The official language here is French, while the local languages include Fang and Myene.

Gabon covers 267,745 sq km (103,347 sq mi) and a population of 1.5 million people. Gabon is bordered by Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameroon to the north and the Republic of Congo to the east. Gabon has a coastline facing the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

Beach at Port Denis, GabonBeach at Port Denis, Gabon
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Gabon is in the West Africa Time Zone, which is an hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1). The official currency here is the Central African CFA franc (XAF). Traffic is driven on the right. The phone IDD code is +241. The electricity is 220V/50Hz using European plugs.

Gabon is in a class of its own compared to its neighbors. It is one of the most prosperous countries in Central Africa blessed with abundant natural resources for a low population. In 2009, it had a nominal GDP of $11 billion, equivalent to $7,468 per capita, and a per capita GDP at purchasing power parity of $14,317.

Gabon rainforestGabon rainforest
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Planning your visit to Gabon

There are regular connections between Libreville Leon M'ba International Airport (LBV) in Gabon and Paris on Air France and Gabon Airlines. Lufthansa also has a service here via Accra, Ghana.

Major Cities in Gabon

  1. Libreville - capital
  2. Cap Lopez
  3. Franceville
  4. Gamba
  5. Kango
  6. Lambarene
  7. Mayumba
  8. Owendo
  9. Port-Gentil

World Heritage Sites in Gabon

Gabon ratified the World Heritage Convention on 30 December, 1986. As of August 2010, it has only one World Heritage Sites, in the mixed category. Gabon also has another 7 sites on the World Heritage Tentative List.

  1. Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda

Sites in Gabon on the World Heritage Tentative List

  1. Ecosystème et paysage culturel pygmée du massif de Minkébé (2003)
  2. Parc national d'Ivindo (2005)
  3. Grottes de Lastourville (2005)
  4. Parc national des Plateaux Batéké (2005)
  5. Parc National Moukalaba-Doudou (2005)
  6. Parc national des Monts Birougou (2005)
  7. Ancien Hôpital Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné (2009)

National Parks in Gabon

  1. Akanda National Park
  2. Banteke Plateau National Park
  3. Crystal Mountains National Park
  4. Ivindo National Park
  5. Loango National Park
  6. Lope National Park
  7. Mayumba National Park
  8. Minkebe National Park

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