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Location - Central Africa; Capital - Libreville; Population - 1.4 million; Currency - Central African CFA Franc MORE GABON

We flew from Douala to Libreville, the capital of Gabon, before heading on to Loango National Park in November 2008.

 

gabonnoteGabon is one of several countries that uses the Central African CFA. It has parity with the West African CFA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab5On the Atlantic coast close to the National Museum in Libreville

 

 

gab3Presumably this monument symbolises the breaking free from slavery and/or colonialism - Libreville

 

 

gab7This 19th century church stands behind the newer St Marie cathedral in Libreville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab1Hassan II mosque is located behind the Presidential Palace, Libreville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab10I went for a style from the top row (not sure which one though) - sign outside a barber's shop, Libreville

 

 

gab9El Hadj Omar Albert-Bernard Bongo has been Gabon's president since 1967 - Libreville

Update - Omar Bongo died in June 2009. BBC announcement.

 

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gab8One of several modern buildings on Boulevard Triomphal, Libreville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab11The view from an outdoor bar in the Quartier Louis area of Libreville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab2A video shop in Nombakele district, Libreville

 

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gab14A relaxing place to stay and ideal for the airport is Hotel Tropicana. The rooms are a bit musty but it's position on the beach is perfect.

 

 

gab13Hotel Tropicana beach, Libreville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab15The Atlantic ocean, Libreville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab18Getting to Loango National Park entailed a flight from Libreville to Port Gentil, then another to Loango

 

 

gab19Coming in to land at Port Gentil

 

 

gab21Clouds obscure the rainforest and lagoon below - Port Gentil to Loango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab24We got a superb view of Loango Lodge shortly before landing - Loango

 

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gab25From the sky I was looking for a mud airstrip but eventually realised we were just landing in a field, only a 5 minute drive from the lodge - Loango

 

 

gab30Loango Lodge's bar and restaurant perches over Iguela Lagoon

 

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gab27Alternatively you can dine out here - Loango Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab27aIt's quietly lit at night - Loango Lodge

 

 

gab35The grounds of Loango Lodge include a conference centre, small swimming pool and souvenir shop

 

 

gab44A chameleon blends with its surrounds outside one of the Loango Lodge bungalows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab40Taking the 4x4's across the lagoon to Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab42..While we travel in a bit more comfort.. Loango National Park

 

 

gab50A lone buffalo in Loango National Park

 

 

gab54Heavy cloud hangs over a windswept beach in Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab58We were lucky enough to see an elephant just metres away from the beach - Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab60The Atlantic ocean serves as the backdrop at Loango National Park

 

 

gab57Close by were a herd of buffalo - Loango National Park

 

 

gab65You'll see lots (and lots) of buffalo in Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab72This tortoise was immersed in floodwater caused by a heavy downpour in the park - Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab73Taking a break in the forest - Loango National Park

 

 

gab74A millipede on an afternoon stroll - Loango National Park

 

 

gab75Light pierces through the forest canopy - Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab81Creeping (or rather squelching) up for a closer look - Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab84A family in Loango National Park

 

 

gab87Loango National Park

 

 

gab88While we were concentrating on the elephants a chimpanzee must have ran 2-300 metres across open savannah to reach the forest.
Our guide noticed him with about 50 metres left to go.
He's the dark figure under the overhanging branch - Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab91The ubiquitous buffalo - Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab96On our way by boat following Iguela Lagoon to Pte Ste Catherine - Loango National Park

 

 

gab108Centre left of this photo is the tail of a monkey. Best shot I could get! Loango National Park

 

 

gab109Trying to get a better glimpse of them - Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab110I'm not sure if this is mangrove but that's what I'm calling it - Loango National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab111A hippo checks us out while coming up for air - Loango National Park

 

 

gab112Iguela Lagoon, on the boundary of Loango National Park

 

 

gab100Pte Ste Catherine has a beautiful setting at the mouth of Iguela Lagoon, protected by a sand bar from the sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab101Having said that, much of Pte Ste Catherine beach camp was destroyed in 2008 by a big wave.
In December 2008 it was still being reconstructed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab98A flock of birds twist and turn - Pte Ste Catherine

 

 

gab103The floating log is actually a crocodile - Pte Ste Catherine

 

 

gab113The Gabonese coast between Omboue and Port Gentil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.legabon.org - Gabon tourist guide (plus investment, art & culture etc)

http://gabonlife.com - focusing on African news rather than Gabon specifically

www.gabonmagazine.com - 'politics, economy, tourism, culture'

www.gabontour.ga - in French only

 

I am not responsible for the content of external websites.

 

 
 
 
   
 
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