Gabon

Map of Gabon

Plugs and Electric in Gabon

Electricity

Voltage

220 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

European 2-pin round pin attachment plug.

Flights from the UK to Gabon

There are no direct flights to Gabon from the UK.  Connecting flights can be booked with either Air France, Ethiopian Airlines or Royal Air Maroc.

Gabon Culture and Traditions

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.

Weather in Gabon

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).

Seasonality

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.

Best Time to Visit Gabon

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.

Money Advice for Gabon

Local Currency

CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF)

General Advice

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.

Money Exchange

Gabon is part of the French Monetary Area.

ATM Availability

Cards are not widely accepted. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are not widely accepted.

Other Information

Libreville is said to be one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Transport in Gabon

Buses

Inter-urban travel is mainly by minibus or pick-up truck. Daily minibus services run from Libreville to Lambaréné, Mouila, Oyem and Bitam.

Taxis

There are extensive share-taxis. There are bus services in Port Gentil and Masuku (Franceville), and share-taxis in other centres.

Car Hire

Cars may be hired from main hotels and airports, although they tend to be expensive.

Driving

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.

Trains

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.

Boats

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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