Officially known as The Gabonese Republic, this small African country lies on the Central-Western part of Africa and has a surface of 267,667 square kilometers and is populated by 1,5 million inhabitants. It neighbors the Atlantic Ocean and has nine provinces, each lead by one governor established by the incumbent president, elected for 7 years. The official language is French.
Gabon is one of the most peaceful and the prosperous African states. What is remarkable is that the country has one of the best health systems and has continuous vaccination and immunization programs in support of its population.
The history of Gabon goes down to the Middle Ages, when the inhabitants of this area were the Bantu tribes and the first Europeans to ever explore the region were the Portuguese, who arrived here in the midst of the 15th century. Only at the beginning of the 19th century Gabon is turned into a French colony and then a part of the French Equatorial African Region, until 1960, when it declared its independence.
Luckily, the years to come were represented by political and economic stability and it is one of the safest countries on the continent.
The climate is equatorial, meaning that the country has a vast territory (some three quarters) covered by rainforest but the relief has also savanna mountains and coast line.
Ten percent of the country’s surface represent national parks and Gabon is one of the states which make a great effort in preserving the ecosystem and the conservation of nature.
The capital is Libreville and has a moving and beautiful history: the name means Freedom City and it was settled as an urban area in the middle of the 19th century by the slaves who were liberated by the French colonists instead of being taken to Brazil. In the honor of their liberation, the city was named Libreville.
Libreville is the most important cultural and historic center, with a beautiful architecture, elegant streets, fancy restaurants, numerous museums; here is concentrated over one third of the country’s population.
One of the most interesting places in the country is Lope National Park, an ideal place where you can take the most spectacular photos for your album. The park disposes of great areas covered with equatorial forests and wide perimeter of savanna, where you can admire elephants, rhinos and many other fascinating creatures.
Another important city of Gabon, considered the most important touristic resort is Mayumba, situated close to the frontier with Congo. Here you can admire stunning sights and a wonderful natural environment and here you have the chance to see whales and colonies of turtles in their natural habitat. And if you arrive here between June and September, you have the chance to witness the process of egg lying.
However, it is said that the most spectacular place in Gabon is Bateke Plateau National Park. Here you can visit volcanic formations where lions and gorillas rule over the land. So an expedition in this part of the country will leave you an unforgettable experience.
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