Oil has been the mainstay of the Gabonese economy for nearly 60 years.
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A pirogue journey on the black waters of the Ivindo River is the best way to explore the untouched wilderness of Parc National d'Ivindo.
Libreville's Saint-Michel de Nkembo Church attracts worshippers and wanderers alike to admire its intricate carvings and paintings.
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Tassi Savannah Camp in Loango National Park is an ideal jumping-off point for walking and 4x4 safaris.
As Gabon is off the tourist radar, you can enjoy its breathtaking natural beauty while having the place to yourself.
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From Lékédi Park's cable bridge you will have a fantastic view of the chimpanzees that roam the sanctuary below.
Lady Ross's turacos, often found in Lopé National Park, will betray their presence in the canopy by their noisy mutterings.
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In comparison with the now-iconic mountain gorilla, the western lowland gorilla that inhabits Gabon's rainforests has wider, shorter body hair, longer arms and wider, larger skull.
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The mandrill is found in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, where it is locally common.
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Gabon's coastal patchwork of forest and savannah is prime territory for 4x4 safaris.