Cycle Guide Gabon

There are more national parks than big cities in this country. There is a nice transition from the busy capital to the quiet South. The country is flat to hilly, with good roads.

Visa

You can get a visa online at https://evisa.dgdi.ga/. I don’t have experience with this website.

Benin, Cotonou

iOverlander / OSM

  • 1 month, single entry, CFA 55.000
Congo Republic, Brazzaville

iOverlander / OSM

  • 1 month, single entry, CFA 50.000
Other

Quick facts

 

Language French, local languages 
Currency CFA (2019: €1 = CFA 655) 
Religion Islam, Christianity, Animism
Climate Tropical 
SIM card Gabon Telecom
GDP-rank #80 (of 192 countries)

Border crossings

Congo Republic

See & Do

Lope National Park

Here you can spot elephants and gorillas in between an amazing area. 

Pointe Denis

On the other side of Libreville awaits a quiet area where you might spot wild elephants walking on the beach.

Lambarene

According to Lonely Planet this is nice city, made famous by Albert Schweitzer, but I didn’t discover so much special places here as I passed through it quickly. 

Sleeping

Wild camping

Possible, but in the North there are lots of people everywhere, so consider asking permission first. In the South there are more opportunities.

Formal Camping

A great way of meeting locals and sleeping in your own comfortable bed. Ask anyone in a village and they will search a spot for you.

Ho(s)tels

Most cities have accommodation. Room with fan should be around 5.000 CFA, with AC a bit more. Expect bucket showers.

WS / CS

Not very common, only big cities offer CS hosts.

Other

Bike shops

Unknown, but the best chances are somewhere in Libreville.

Food & Drinks
  • Onroad: Omeltte+bread / Spaghetti (±1100CFA) 
  • Local food: Rice, fufu
  • Local drink: Palm wine
Safety

Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities.

Routes
  • Libreville to Dissandou (gpx)

Video

Blog

#23 – Making animal friends and enemies in Gabon

For weeks I’ve been trying to contact the airline I was flying with to Gabon today, to find out if I could bring a bike. The only response I got back from the tiny company, was that the email inbox was full. I was left with only one option, wait […]

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