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Gabon Visitor Information

Climate Chart for Gabon
Climate Chart for Libreville, Gabon

Gabon has the moist, hot climate typical of tropical regions. From June to September, there is virtually no rain but high humidity; there is occasional rain in December and January. During the remaining months rainfall is heavy. The excessive rainfall is caused by the condensation of moist air as a result of the meeting of the cold South Polar Current and the warm Guinea Current directly off the coast. At Libreville, the capital, the average annual rainfall is more than 100 inches. Further north on the coast, it is 150 inches. The temperature varies only slightly throughout the year, maintaining a daily average of 26.6°C (80°F).

Visas are required by all nationals entering Gabon and if at all possible, these are best obtained in your home country . Your passport must be valid for at least six months.

Official Currency:    1 CFA=100 centimes
Current Exchange Rate:    Today's Exchange Rate

Although nearly all banks offer a higher rate of exchange for traveller cheques than cash but with travellers cheques they charge high commissions. The use of credit cards in Gabon is relatively limited.

Air

Domestic flights
The national airline, Air Gabon has services from Libreville to Lambaréné, Port Gentil, Franceville, Oyem, Mitzic and other towns.

Sea and Rivers

Sea and river ferries connect Libreville, Port Gentil and Lambaréné

Railways / Train Services

The Trans-Gabon Railway runs from Libreville to Franceville and is rated as being fairly efficient and comfortable although overcrowded.

Bus

Minibuses and trucks are the main form of transport for getting around when the roads are dry but these are slow and overcrowded. During the wet season any form of road transport becomes difficult.

Road

Driving is on the right hand side and an International Driving Licence and insurance is required. Road conditions are poor and access around the country is limited. Car can be hired in Libreville from main hotels or at the airport.

1st January - New Years' Day
12th March - Renovation Day
1st May - Labour Day
15th August - Assumption Day
17th August - Independence Day
1st November - All Saints Day
December 25th - Christmas Day
Moveable Holidays: Easter Monday, and various Muslim Holidays

Electric Power is 220V - 240V running at 50Hz.
The Plug type used in Gabon is: "Type C, E & F"

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