What to Take

  • Antimalarial prophylactics and a DEET-based lotion
  • Mosquito net, preferably pre-treated with DEET
  • A light waterproof jacket is essential, even in the dry season
  • A torch for when there's no street lighting or when camping

What to Wear

As Gabon is hot and humid, you'll need light, loose clothing. Make sure you have long-sleeved shirts and long pants for early mornings and evenings to avoid mosquito bites. Good walking boots are essential for visiting the national parks, as is a light waterproof jacket, even in the dry season. The Gabonese love to dress up so bring your gladrags if you intend to hang out at the clubs and smarter restaurants in Libreville and Port-Gentil.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Apply for a visa at least six weeks in advance.
  • Start taking malaria prophylactics one to seven days in advance.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you're heading away.
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions.