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1. Posted by Superwolf (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

Superwolf has indicated that this thread is about Gabon

Has anyone been to Gabon before? If so please tell me about your trip.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Oh, finally some questions about countries off the beaten track.
I hope you don't mind 'answering' your question, as I haven't bee there myself.
But the last week I have been reading a lot on another website (hint: from a major guidebook which has a forum called thorn tree...;)) and there you can just read information from travellers who actually visited countries like this, even Somalia (Somaliland) is well travelled if you should believe them.

Normally, I don't point to another website or so, but as I have my doubts about someone answering your questions here, I just did...;)

By head I just now that Gabon is fairly expensive to travel in, especially if you want to visit some natural highlights. Also, getting a visa takes a bit of time and is rather expensive. Libreville, if you should believe it, is a bit unsafer on average than other african cities. Some highlights are the 'surfing' hippos, beach elephants and western highland gorillas to be visited.

Hope you will find more info!
Cheers and report about your experiences here on TP
Michael

3. Posted by Superwolf (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

Heh, I picked up a National Geographic magazine from 2000/2001 and there was a story on Mike Fay's Megatransect from the Congo Basin to the coast of Gabon and it's gotten me really interested in the country. It seems like the environment's really undisturbed (though I don't know the extent of logging there) and like you said it's off the beaten track.

I've never visited that forum, I thought it'd be either very quiet or full of people asking stupid questions.

Somalia? I think I'll stick with Gabon.

Thanks for your help, I meant to put in the title that people who haven't been there are welcome. I'll definitely report back if I go but I'm afraid it won't be for a couple of years at least.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Oh yeah, that Mega Transect thing is really great. Because of him, the Gabonese and partly also the Congolese (well, from the Republic, not the DRC) have made a big area national park or otherwise conserved. I saw his docu on the tv as well, really impressive.
He also did another Transect by air I believe, through lots of countries in Africa.

Just to be sure: here is the link to the Gabon forum:

Gabon

I also did some reading about Equatorial Guinea which is a neighbour of Gabon and about Cameroon and Congo (Brazzaville). Unlike many people think, it is pretty safe over there. There are some really unique ecosystems over there, especially in EG and Gabon.

5. Posted by djiboutici (Full Member 465 posts) 9y

Hey,Utrecht

I've never seen someone use so many : "If you should believe them or it" in one sentence.A little free information for those who have absolutly no idea about the situation in Somaliland.One half of my family is actually from there and for your information, SOMALILAND is as safe as any place like Utrecht City and Djibouti City.So Please before you start badmouthing Places that you've not been,please i beg of you to think and not to be too quick of the gun to make comments.Long time ago,Somaliland separated itself from the south because the south didn't want to prgress and so that people could finally have somewhat some "normality" in their lives.

I do like the "Thorn Tree"...They're pretty accurate about where people have been and so on and so on...So i don't know why someone would lie and say they've visited a country when they simply haven't.There's no point...
P.S:You watch way too much TV.

Hey SuperWolf,

Coming back to the Question in hand,i've got a colleague who's from GABON,she did say that it was a bit expensive to travel there and there isn't a lot a lot of competition when it comes to:Which airlines to take and that.But i'll ask her for more infos and get back to you...In the meantime,do check out "The THORN TREE".

Djiboutici;)

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting djiboutici

Hey,Utrecht

I've never seen someone use so many : "If you should believe them or it" in one sentence.A little free information for those who have absolutly no idea about the situation in Somaliland.One half of my family is actually from there and for your information, SOMALILAND is as safe as any place like Utrecht City and Djibouti City.So Please before you start badmouthing Places that you've not been,please i beg of you to think and not to be too quick of the gun to make comments.Long time ago,Somaliland separated itself from the south because the south didn't want to prgress and so that people could finally have somewhat some "normality" in their lives.

I do like the "Thorn Tree"...They're pretty accurate about where people have been and so on and so on...So i don't know why someone would lie and say they've visited a country when they simply haven't.There's no point...
P.S:You watch way too much TV.

Djiboutici;)

Really don't see your problem Djiboutici, I did not make any judgements at all, as I know that somaliland is safer than the rest of the country, maybe I did not explain myself very well in my last post but it was ment positive, that is travelling to countries like Somalia (or part) or gabon might be just as safe as other countries. Sorry if I upset you. Uhm.....i don't get the TV thing as well

7. Posted by polhill (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

I went to Gabon last year, it's a bit of a weird country considering the countries it borders.

It is pretty expensive I think the train was even more expensive than in England. I basically crossed over from the border in Cameroon and then got transport to Lamberene and the train down to Francevill before heading onto the Congo, so I wasn't there for too long.

My overall impression wasn't great, but I was travelling on a budget and so couldn't sit around for too long as it is a lot more expensive than its neighbours. The people were generally quite friendly although a high proportion of immigrants from other countries who come after a piece of the money, this means some of its traditional cultures are harder to find. They are slowly turning to national parks and tourism, but logging has seriously taken its toll.

Anyway must dash as have a plane to catch but let me know if you want any more specific info.