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Getting around in Gabon

By Air: Flying is most definitely the only sensible and practical way of getting around Gabon, particularly as its overall affluence allows Gabon to have more than 200 airports and air fields. Air Gabon flies regular scheduled flights between Libreville, Oyem, Mitzic, Franceville and Port Gentil.

By Road: Though Gabon has miles and miles of roads, only about a third are sealed and tarred, the rest of the country consists of dense impassable rainforests and hilly terrain making road travel fraught with dangers, particularly in the rainy season. Daily mini-bus services connect Libreville to Lambarene, Mouila, Oyem and Bitam but have are no road links to Port Gentil. Shared taxis are the other way to get from place to place and rates vary according to the distance to be traveled. Within the cities, even the capital Libreville, there are no bus services so taxis are the only means of getting around and shared transport is the most economical. Vehicles can be hired from rental agencies in the main cities, airports and hotels; traffic drives on the right side and International Driving License/ permits are mandatory.

By Train: The Tarns-Gabon Railways is still developing new routes but has connections from Libreville, Owendo, Franceville, Bonde and Lastourville. Train services have four runs a week between Owendo and Franceville via Bonde and Lastoursville. The Trans-Gabonais connects to the border town of Mbinda on the Gabon-Congo border.

By Boat: There are several boat services, ferries and river barges that ply between Libreville, Lambarene and Port Gentil on most days of the week. But offer only the most primitive of amenities like food, beds and loos.


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