Explore Africa: visit Gabon

Gabon – officially known as the Gabonese Republic, is located on the west central coast of Africa. Gabon is a beautiful country full of lush, dense rainforests, pristine coastal plains along the Atlantic Ocean, protected parkland and diverse wildlife. The country has the highest concentration of elephants in the world and it’s home to 80% of Africa's gorilla population.

  • Gabon gained its independence from France in 1960, but still maintains strong ties with France, including through language and culture.
  • Gabon has been inhabited for 400,000 years. Today, it has a population of approximately 2 million people. Its small population and large oil revenues makes Gabon one of the richest countries in Africa in terms of per-capita GDP.
  • Gabon is nearly 90% rainforest, and is one of only 13 in the world in which the equator passes through. 
  • Gabon is committed to preserving the natural environment, with leaders establishing a network of national parks. Today,there are more than 13 national parks, including  Lopé National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its diverse ecosystems.
  • The Lopé-Okanda National Park is home to more than 1,800 rock carvings, ancient caves and shelters that date back to the Stone and Iron Ages.

Gabon offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and forward-looking development. Whether you're drawn to its pristine rainforests, diverse wildlife, vibrant traditions, or modern cities, Gabon has something to offer every traveler. As the world becomes more aware of the need for conservation and sustainable development, Gabon stands out as a beacon of hope and inspiration. It is a reminder of the beauty and diversity our planet has to offer and the importance of protecting it for generations to come.

Cover photo: Roshni Lodhia 

1st Photo: Forbes Africa

2nd Photo: Roshni Lodhia