Gabon, where hippos are surfing!

Is Gabon an English speaking country? What language do people speak in Gabon? Where is Gabon’s capital? What is the tourism in Gabon like? Where is Gabon on the map? Is it dangerous to visit Gabon? Where is Gabon? Is Gabon a country or a city? What is the religion of the population in Gabon? What to do in Gabon? What is the history of Gabon?

Introduction

So far, we’ve covered some African countries like Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and a lot more. you can find them in our Africa category.


Most of them look the same, yet if you look in detail, each one of them has something special that makes it unique, like our next destination, Gabon!

Recent History of Gabon

Gabon was colonized by France for a few years until they became independent on August 17, 1960.

Although they have elections there, Gabon is still ranked as a non-democratic country.

The country’s economy suddenly boomed when they found oil in it, and what comes with oil? Money and corruption!

People in Gabon

More than 40 African tribes are living in Gabon but the vast majority of them are Bantu.

There’s an impressive community of more than 10,000 French residing in Gabon too.

People speak French as their official language and local languages as unofficial ones at home. English is widely spoken throughout the country as their third language!

What to do in Gabon

The surfing Hippos in Gabon

They’re usually by the sea, enjoying the waves. But don’t expect to see them whenever you go there, sometimes you have to wait for a while.

Lopé National Park in Gabon

About %10 of Gabon’s land is protected for its nature. Lopé National Park was the first one that got protected and it’s in the UNESCO heritage sites list. There’s a small research building in the park, where Ecologists from the UK are residing and they have special tours to offer.

Pongara National Park in Gabon

This unique National Park is right beside the ocean, making it ideal for some beach time at its beautiful beaches.

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18 comments

  1. I really enjoy your posts on African countries and other lesser known countries. You bring many interesting facts to light. One suggestion relates to the information under history. It would seem that the history of these countries begins with colonization. Of course that is incorrect. And might be viewed as somewhat insulting. Maybe the segment should be titled something other than History. Thanks for considering this comment.

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    • Thank you very much for your opinion. My goal is to only talk about the recent history which is colonization for most underrated countries but I have never looked at it that way!
      I’ll come up with something to make it Better.
      Thank you very much for your comment! 😊

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  2. Don´t travel to Gabon, that´s my advice! Corruption there has reached an unprecedented scale, and you might end up in the middle of the jungle with drunken policemen… There are nearly no decent tourist facilities, but everything there is even more expensive than in Europe – despite the fact that most of the people are incredibly poor. Except for a very small, super-rich upper class as well as the French Expats.

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