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

Another couple of flights from Loango and we were back in Libreville - December 2008.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab115Cape Esterias is less than an hour's drive from Libreville, on a tarmaced but potholed road

 

 

gab117If you're looking for a drink at one of the beachside restaurants, come at the weekend otherwise you'll find everything closed (as I found out) - Cape Esterias

 

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gab136Lambaréné island is surrounded by the Ogooué river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab137A section of Lambaréné island's market has somehow drifted off into the Ogooué river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab133One of the bigger shops in Lambaréné

 

 

 

gab132Lambaréné is famous for the Schweitzer Hospital, founded in 1924 by Dr Albert Schweitzer

 

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gab123A view of Schweitzer Hospital from the Ogooué river, Lambaréné

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab120The grounds of Schweitzer hospital, Lambaréné

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab122The former living quarters of Dr Schweitzer is now a museum - Lambaréné

 

 

gab124Albert Schweitzer's room, Lambaréné

 

 

gab127Dr Schweitzer founded a village for leprosy sufferers next to the hospital, which is still inhabited today - Lambaréné

 

His Wikipedia entry here

The Albert Schweitzer Association here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab130Walk from the Schweitzer hospital down to the banks of the Ogooué river - Lambaréné

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab134Lambaréné's petrol station - for boats that is

 

 

gab150Taking a turn off the Ogooué river towards Lake Zilé, Lambaréné

 

 

gab139The picturesque backwaters between river and lake are a lovely area - Lambaréné

 

My YouTube video here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab144Lake Zilé supports a few villages on its banks

 

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gab147The lush vegetation of Lake Zilé

 

 

gab151A pelican keeps watch close to Lambaréné

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab158Underneath the bridge that links Lambaréné island to the Right Bank are a huge number of bats

 

 

gab159On our way from Lambaréné to Oyem we had a brief wait for a bus in Ndjolé

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab163The grounds of the Mvet Palace Hotel in Oyem lead to a small lake

 

 

gab165I don't know if this lake has a name. It's probably just Lake Oyem - Oyem

 

 

 

gab161From the opposite side of the lake, Oyem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab167The bustling border town of Bitam

 

 

gab166Bitam is the last town before the borders with Cameroon to the north and Equatorial Guinea to the west

 

 

gab168In need of an MOT - Bitam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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