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Where is Gabon?

Where is Gabon? Known for its open spaces, low population density, an unrecognizable metropolitan space, and 4th highest HDI in the region, Gabon is a sovereign state located on the west coast of Central Africa and touches three countries on each corner of the compass.

Covering an area of nearly 270,000 square kilometers, Gabon shares its northern border with Cameroon, while its northwestern border touches Equatorial Guinea, whereas the Republic of Congo comes to meet it from both the south and east. Finally, its western border plunges into the Gulf of Guinea.

Where is Gabon in history? Gabon was once a French colony and sought and achieved independence in 1960. Since then, it has ploughed through various economic and political reforms to leverage its low population density and abundant reserves of minerals and petroleum to attract private foreign investments, allowing it to become one of the most prosperous sub-Saharan African countries.

So what are some of places to visit in Gabon? Gabon offers a diverse range of tourist destinations, ranging from the metropolitan city of Libreville to the natural beaches and lush and pristine forests and scenic spaces. Places to visit in Gabon include:

Libreville
The metropolitan centerpiece of Gabon’s economy, the city is awash in riches, home to at least one-third of its population and completely set apart from the other regions.

Southern Gabon
Ranging from the Ogooué River all the way to its border with the Republic of Congo, this is the region of breathless natural beauty.

The Makokou & Kongou Falls
See nature competing with Niagara’s falls at the Kongou and Makokou Falls. You can enjoy the enthralling visual and aural beauty of the falls by walking through the small capital of the Ogooué-Ivindo region.

The National Parks
Gabon offers seven stunning, exotic, and beautiful national parks, each offering a wholly different experience. These national parks are located at:

Minkebe
offers huge sand dunes and highland forests with giant hogs, shy antelopes, and giant elephants.

Mayumba
home to the largest population of nesting leatherback turtles.

Lope
Float through the mix of dense foliage and savanna speckled with ancient rock engravings along the Ogooue River.

Loango
a 100 km stretch of scenic virgin beaches and rainforests.

Ivindo
Set sights on two of the most magnificent waterfalls in Central Africa, one that attracts a range of exotic wild life.

Crystal Mountains
are simply the richness of misty forests and orchids.

Banteke Plateau
an enthralling savannah home to forest antelopes, elephants, and buffaloes.

Akanda
tidal flats and mangrove swamps and a home to exotic birds and turtles.