Travellers are advised to be cautious in Libreville, as any city has its fair share of crime, and carry a copy of their passport and visa at all times as police are known to hassle tourists. Female travellers should prepare themselves for unwanted attention.
The climate is equatorial with up to 80% humidity. The dry season is from June to August, and the main rainy season is from October to May. Average temperatures are 25°C (77°F).
The best time to visit Gabon is during the dry season (May to September). The rest of the year is extremely hot and humid with heavy rain all day and night.
To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.
CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF)
The currency in Gabon is the CFA (Communauté Financière Africaine) Franc (XAF; symbol CFA). Notes come in denominations of CFA10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500 and coins come in denominations of CFA500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1.
Gabon is part of the French Monetary Area.
Credit cards are not widely accepted.
Libreville is said to be one of the most expensive cities in the world.
Inter-urban travel is mainly by minibus or pick-up truck. Daily minibus services run from Libreville to Lambaréné, Mouila, Oyem and Bitam.
There are extensive share-taxis. There are bus services in Port Gentil and Masuku (Franceville), and share-taxis in other centres.
Cars may be hired from main hotels and airports, although they tend to be expensive.
Traffic drives on the right and roads tend to be in poor condition. Check points are common in Gabon and drivers are asked to show passports, driving licence or vehicle registration documents. International Driving Permit and international insurance are required.
The Trans-Gabon Railway is the only railway line in Gabon; it is 410km long and connects Libreville with Franceville. Stops along the way include Ndjole and Moanda.
Ferries run regularly along the coast from Libreville to Port Gentil and also riverboats go along the Ogoué River between Port Gentil and Lambaréné.
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