A paradise where you can meet rich nature and rare animals

Official name Gabon Republic / Gabonese Republic
official language French
capital Libreville
religion Christianity, traditional religion, Islam
GTM ZONE GMT+1
currency CFA(Safer franc)
  • Gabon is an untouched natural area of ​​80% of the country and 11% of the country is designated as a national park. It is a country where eco-tourism is active, focusing on the conservation of the natural environment. The economy is stable due to its rich natural resources and small population.
  • Although unfamiliar in Japan, Gabon is the country where Dr. Schweizer devoted his life to the humanitarian medical practice and who still respects the world. The clinic he built is still open and can be visited.

climate

Gabon is a country just below the equator, and the coastal area where the capital Libreville is located has a hot and humid tropical rainforest climate. The average annual minimum temperature is 24°C, the average maximum temperature is 31°C, and the humidity is 70 to 99% throughout the year. The average temperature drops slightly in some parts of the inland area. The best time to visit Gabon is from May to September. During this period, the season is dry with little rainfall, and the temperature rises to an average of 27°C during the day. You will meet many animals on safari and trekking. The rainy season runs from September to May, with hot and humid days with maximum temperatures of 30-32°C.

The temperature is comfortable compared to the rainy season. With less rain and better mobility, it’s a good season for safari and trekking and a great time for sightseeing, and you’ll be able to see many wildlife. Watching whales on the coast is also recommended.
It will continue to be hot and humid on hot days. Especially from October to December, it is not suitable for enjoying safari because unpaved roads are difficult to pass due to heavy rainfall.

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The highlight of Gabon

Lope National Park

The only World Heritage Site. Most of the area is the rainforest, but the northern part of the park contains savanna, which was formed in Central Africa during the ice age 15,000 years ago. You can see a variety of animals such as chimpanzees, mandrills, and elephants in the savanna area in the vast area of ​​about 4910㎢. You can enjoy safari and trekking by car.

Rekeddy Nature Park

It is said that the encounter rate with Mandrill is almost 100%. There is a trekking course in a small park, so if you take a short walk in the park, chimpanzees and gorillas will show up. The encounter rate with animals is quite high.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is located near Lake Albert in northwestern Uganda. You can observe elephants, hippos, buffalo, giraffes, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, cheetahs and more. It’s also a habitat for primates and is a must-see for the Baboon, Colobus Monkey and Chimpanzee herds. Although there are not many places in Africa where chimpanzees are easily found, Murchison Falls Park has a high rate of chimpanzee encounters.
The Victoria Nile River runs through the park and divides the area north and south. And the highlight is Murchison Falls. It is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of about 120m from the most upstream to the most downstream. The waterfall that flows from the crack in the rock into the waterhole creates a magnificent view. Join a river cruise for spectacular waterfall views, close-up views of hippos and crocodiles, and even bird watching.

Roango National Park

Located in southwestern Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most diverse parks in the world and is a great safari destination. Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for tree-climbing lions, but you can see elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, and many types of antelopes. Take a boat cruise along the Kazinga waterway that runs through the park for both wildlife viewing and bird watching. Around the Canbra Valley, there is a lush forest with chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking is also recommended.

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