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If you are looking for an African vacation complete with safaris, beautiful landscapes in a peaceful and stable nation, Gabon is worth considering. Located on the western coast of Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, Gabon is a multiculturally diverse nation that is bordered by Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea.

Known for its equatorial climate and lush rainforests that cover more than 80% of the country, and for being a tourist-friendly nation, Gabon has three distinct regions: coastal plains, savannah and mountains. Regardless of which part of the country you intend to explore, having dependable travel insurance should be a key part of your trip planning.

Travel information for Gabon

To enter the country, Canadian travellers must have a passport that is valid for at least six months past their departure date. Tourist, family visit, business and transit visas are required.

When travelling to any African nation, safety is vital. Petty crime is becoming more common and cases of fraud are frequent. Protect your personal belongings and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Pirate attacks are possible in coastal waters and farther out at sea.

An international driving permit is recommended, but not required. Photography of presidential palaces and military property is strictly prohibited.

The official currency is the Central African CFA franc (XAF). The euro and the US dollar are widely accepted, but often at a high exchange rate. Large hotels and restaurants accept credit cards, and traveller’s cheques can be cashed at local banks. The country’s official language is French, but locals also speak Fang, Myene, Punu and Nzebi.

The best time of the year to travel to Gabon is between June and September, but this will depend on the nature of your trip and the activities you have planned.

Top places to explore in Gabon

Gabon is known for its national parks and dedication to ecotourism. In fact, Libreville is the country’s only real city and home to the Museum of Arts and Traditions and the church of St-Michel de Nkembo. Other than the city, consider visiting Port Gentil and the Pointe Denis seaside resort, the perfect places for sailing, nightlife and relaxing on the beach. If you are looking for adventure, visiting one of the country’s national parks is a must. They include Pongara National Park, Ivindo National Park, Loango National Park and Reserve de la Lope – the country’s most popular wildlife reserve.

Travel insurance coverage for trips to Gabon

No travel planning is complete without dependable travel insurance that meets your needs. Whether you need single or multi-trip insurance coverage, Blue Cross offers travel solutions that will meet your needs and provide travel assistance you can rely on when you’re abroad. Contact us today for a free travel insurance quote or get a free quote online.

General Gabon Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 1,632,572 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 267,667 9,984,670
Capital: Libreville
Currency: CFA franc
Official language(s): French
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 0.91 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.04 1.23 (2013)

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