Gabon summer 2013
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2013 5:56 AM Last Post By: DanCW
Sep 5, 2013 10:35 PM
Gabon summer 2013Summer 2013
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 take all the hazzel and willing to spend a lot of money, you will be rewarded with the best of primary rainforrest in the world.
Sep 7, 2013 6:28 AM
1Gabon is amazing and very much off the radar. I had a French journalist ask to shake my hand because he had never met a tourist before in Gabon. It is definitely one of the more expensive countries in Africa but I felt I got a good value from the hotels and restaurants choosing mid-priced most of the time. Never experienced any issues with visas or bribery but did feel it was a very safe country.
Definitely a place to visit sooner than later.
Oct 21, 2013 5:56 AM
Great to hear you had a good one, I'm heading over in January for a couple of weeks. Usually like to do everything when I get there but with Gabon we're trying to plan ahead... How did you travel around the country? Did you use buses and trains or internal flights or did you organise most of it through an agent before you got there?
Would be great to hear more about how you did it.
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