Gabon is a country without equal among its equatorial African neighbors. It enjoys stability and peace. It is also the most progressive and tourist destination in the region. It is a true adventure waiting to steal your heart and make you fall in love.
Some call it “the last Eden on Earth,” and once you visit, you’ll probably agree. Don’t panic about your trip. With $60 to $100 make yourself comfortable and take your walks.
Libreville is full of activities of African heart with crowded, chaotic and so much fun markets, tight-knit communities, and a beautiful coastline. Founded in the mid-19th century by freed slaves (Libreville means “Freetown” in French), the city is slowly growing and attracting a wide variety of people, creating a modern eclectic city. In addition to the markets, the National Museum, the Presidential Palace, St. Michael’s Church, and the Museum of Arts and Traditions of Gabon. When you’re ready to relax, find a little beach spot like Ekwata Island and enjoy the sun.
2. Loango National Park
The crown jewel of Gabon’s 13 national park system is undoubtedly Loango.
The park has a lush landscape and fantastic wildlife. You’ll find nearly 200 kilometers of uninhabited shoreline, making Loango one of the last completely wild coastal areas. The park has forests, lagoons, wetlands, and savannahs. Besides the famous hippos captured by a National Geographic crew in 2004, you will see gorillas, elephants walking along the beach, whales, dolphins, buffaloes, etc. This is one of the last places in the world where these animals have access to the sea.
3. Kongou Falls
Located inside the Ivindo National Park, Kongou is a must-see, with a 60-meter waterfall and great spiritual significance for the local population. The village of Makokou is rather isolated but has air, rail, and river access. Pygmies live in the forest surrounding the village and using that village as a base camp gives you great opportunities to interact with the residents.
4. Point Denis
Point Denis is mostly popular because tourism development has not yet reached it. Although it is a short boat ride from Libreville, it feels like another world. The relaxed town has nice restaurants, small charming hotels, and excellent water sports. On the west coast of the island, you’ll find only locals and a wilder coastline. It’s a place where you’ll immediately know you’re near the equatorial jungle.
THE IVORY COAST
Côte d’Ivoire is a West African country with seaside resorts, tropical forests, and a French colonial patrimony. Abidjan, on the Atlantic coast, is the main urban center of the country. You will surely not be bored while touring this beautiful country with its many cultural diversities. With a budget of at least $100, you will have a great time discovering wonderful places.
1. Tai National Park
A huge slab of more than 3,000 square kilometers occupies the vast reserves of Taï National Park, making it one of the largest protected areas of what remains of the Upper Guinea Rainforest, once the prevailing settlement in all of West Africa. Also, there is wildlife, which includes endangered pygmy hippos, olive colobus monkeys, duikers, and chimpanzees.
With its wide highways and open spaces, shiny new (or at least relatively new) government buildings, and tall buildings, the metropolis of 300,000 people can seem like a ghost town. It features the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the largest Christian church on the planet, and a mass of domes and columns reflecting the majesty of Rome!
In keeping with the revolutionary trends, the mud-covered city is a truly fascinating place, filled with bazaars full of cotton, cashews, and spices, the enchanting Woodcarver district inviting crafts, and the weavers’ villages (located just a few steps away) homes to batik cloth makers and more!
Markets, arts, and crafts take center stage in that city. The entire Eastern Plantations area is not only famous for its cotton production, but you will also notice local merchants selling black clay pots around the heights of St. Michael’s Cathedral and tons of other fascinating places to explore.
5. Mount Nimba National Nature Reserve
Habitats range from rare lowland rainforests to altitudinal grasslands, resulting in one of the most kaleidoscopic wildlife alignments in the region. Hikers making the intrepid journey here (usually from nearby Danane) can expect chimpanzees and rare butterflies, exotic toad species, and otter shrews.
One of the ancestral cities of the Akan people, it still has the main house of the city’s chief, adorned with rows of mysterious artifacts and relics. There are also streets with tin shacks and small, bustling markets, as well as many Christian religious buildings, topped by a large cathedral church. The Abengourou airport is also one of the main entry points for exploring the cocoa fields and plantations of the greater region.
Each country has its particularity. The discoveries according to the regions are various. It is important to note that the further we go away from West Africa, the more things there are to discover in other parts like East Africa for example. What is certain is that you will not be bored in any part of this vast and beautiful continent that is Africa. Don’t hesitate to visit and have fun!