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Hi, i will be in the republic of Congo soon, and was wondering if it is possible to get a visa for Gabon when I am there. Thanks
The immigration office in Bitam issues 30 day single entry tourist visas for Gabon on the spot and it is easy. No need to deal with their embassy in Yaounde or whereever unless you want a double entry or other kind of visa.
Crossing the border from Ambam in Cameroon there is no problem getting past the border ( Bitam is 30 km south) not having a visa yet. There were three check points on the Gabonese side of the border. At each one of them they wrote down my passport data in thick books and did not ask for a visa. At the second one I was given a completed form to hand in at the office in Bitam.
In Bitam they wanted two copies of my passport first page and one copy of my Cameroon exit stamp. There is a copy shop right across from the immigration office. No picture needed.
I paid 60.000 CFA for the visa, which is 10.000 too much i think, but........
I spent some time in Gabon in May/June, and made a friend in Franceville (a local). Now he wants to mail me something, and we're having some difficulties with the logistics. He doesn't use email and so our best way of communication is me calling his cell phone through Skype, and it is hard to get the details about my address etc. across.
So if anyone's going to Franceville in the near future, would you be willing to help me reach out to him? He lives right in the town center, and is very, very friendly.
If you can help out, please email email@example.com :)
Edited by: letmesee - moved to 'Gabon'
somebody knows to get a room reservation wich is cancelable without commission. i just need the confirmation printed for the gabon embassy in yaounde. many email directions dont exist or work.
a quick answer is necessary.
Hi, Im planning on going to Odzala National Park in Republic of Congo and I've read on lonely planet that one has to fly from Libreville in Gabon to Makokou also in Gabon, then 4WD to the border with Republic of Congo and then go by boat into the park. Does anyone know how to book a flight between Libreville and Makokou and see what the prices are like as I've had no luck with orbitz, Expedia and other sites. Also, on the same webpage on lonely planet ot says weeklong tours are available from six hundred dollars and all inclusive tours to the park can be made through ECOFAC but I went on ECOFAC's website and saw nothing about tours. Does anybody know how to book tours through/with them and how to see their prices as I'd really like to do that six hundred dollar one and does anyone know how to arrange the 4WD transport and boat transport into the park? Thank you so much and I really ... more »
I visited addis and the north for three weeks in 2006. Interesting, but I didn't like addis very much, but admittedly only in addis for a week. I have flown through addis twice in the last year, but didn't have time to leave the airport. However, from what I saw, addis has grown a lot since 2006. Wondered if anyone had any general comments about what's changed in the last 7 years. Thanks.
Visited Gabon summer 2013 for 6 weeks. It's an extraordinarie beautiful country. Lots of amazing nationalparks. Wild wonderful animals. Beaches without human footprints but plenty of animal tracks.
High level of security.
The french that the gabones speech is in some parts of the country impossible to understand. People generally friendly. The difference between those who made money from oil and others is hugh. It will produce angry young men....
The country is very very badly run. All food is imported. Transport system nonfunctioning. Police force is corrupt so uou end up paying bribes both to the individual police and to administration.
VISA application is a joke: you don't get the accurate one and end up paying for mistakes done by the embassy.
And don't expect to much value from the money spent on food, transport and service.
So if you are prepared to ... more »
I have booked my flights and will be in Gabon in November (arrive 7th). I have developed an initial route and I would appreciate some feedback. I will be travelling for 3 weeks. I want to experience the jungles and local village life.
Day 1 - Arrive in Libreville
2 Take bus to Tchibanga
3 Bus to Mayumba
4 & 5 Mayumba
6 Bus to Gamba or via Tchibanga
7, 8, 9 Explore Loango national park
10 Bus to Tchibanga
11 Bus to Makokou
12, 13, 14, Invindo
15 back to Makokou and try to get to Booue
16, 17, 18 Lome national park
19, Travel back to Libreville
20, 21, Relax in Libreville
Does this sound feasible? I am aiming to travel independently, but if anyone is there at the same time they are welcome to join me.
I was supposed to travel to Gabon last Easter, but unfortunately was not able to travel.
I want to rebook and travel this September, but it means my visa was delivered 18 months before I travel.
Can anyone please tell me if this will be a problem or if I should apply for a fresh one.
Save yourself the trouble of getting a visa before heading to Gabon. We applied for one at the embassy in Yaoundé (because we read everywhere that you need one before arrival), and it was a bad experience. The lady there is insulting, sends away most people (one Chinese girl was send away "because there is an embassy in your country"), and is a dictator on her own little ground.
Head to the border directly, where you will be issued a visa for the same price, 50.000FCFA. At Cocobeach, it is even only 40.000. The border police at Cocobeach told me that you can also get visa at the airport.
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I'm currently based in Yaoundé, Cameroon and would love to spend a few days in Gabon, as have heard great things about it. Just wondered whether anyone had any experience of how easy it is to go by bus/taxi from Yaoundé? LP says its possible but doesn't elaborate...
Also, does anyone have any tips for an easy 4 day visit to include some nice towns, wildlife and jungle, within a reasonable distance of the border with Cameroon?
Finally, is it a safe country for two European women to travel in alone?
Thanks in advance!
I am intrigued by the enormous amounts of vegetation and rich beautiful rainforests of Gabon. Being a rugged, willing to foot-it nature lover, Gabon definitely strikes my interest.
I've heard that Gabon is pretty expensive, but I'm a person who doesn't need 4- or 5- star accommadation. I just need it to get the job done.
So it is possible, given its reputation as a pricey African destination, for a person to travel and see many national parks (forests, trekking, jungle, wildlife) as well as enjoy the richness of the local cultures while not costing myself an arm and a leg? I'll sleep in the budgetest of budgets if I have to, that's fine.
Is this possible? Is there a smart way to go about enjoying the grandeur of Gabon for 4 weeks "on a shoestring" (or the next best thing)?
The State Department travel information for Gabon indicates that all holders of ordinary passports require an exit visa to leave Gabon. I couldn't see any reference to exit visas elsewhere. Can anyone who's recently been to Gabon confirm if an exit visa requirement exists? For all nationalities? For some?
Thanks in advance.
Good day, we are planning our trip to Gabon in the fall of 2013.
We have a window between September 8 and October 15 for our trip, and we have about 2 weeks to spend in Gabon. Our budget is not top end. We are more economy class.
We would appreciate information about travel to Gabon in September re: weather and the national parks, as well hotel recommendations for Libreville.
1. In terms of wildlife viewing and other considerations, does it make more sense to go to Gabon earlier in that window or later in that window?
2. We are interested in the lowland gorillas and the surfing hippos.
3. Can anyone recommend a company that can organize this?
4. If you had to choose, which park would you prefer to visit and why? Loango National Park as compared to Ivindo National Park? We are trying to optimize our brief visit by focusing on one area as opposed to trying to ... more »
I wanted to put a post about my experience visiting Loango National Park in Gabon, because it is an extremely, extremely beautiful place that doesn’t get enough international fame/visitors—granted, the complete lack of a single other person in the park while we were there certainly made our experience that much more special, but it was disturbing to have our excellent guide Guyslain tell us that he’d not had any customers in a month and that (after sharing his incredibly detailed knowledge of the forest & animals & healing trees for several days) he was considering going to work on an oil mining boat offshore because he wasn’t making enough as a tour guide to get by! I also thought it might be useful for foreigners because we (I am American, and 3 of the others in our party were European) benefited from the fact that some of our party were Gabonese students, so they knew exactly the ... more »
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