Info on Gabon

If you are like me, you may have heard of Gabon, you know it is somewhere in Africa, and you might remember that Survivor once filmed a season there.  Now that we are moving there, I’ve expanded my knowledge.

Gabon is a small country on the coast in West Africa located directly on the equator.  The entire country has a population of about 1.5 million and it is mainly French-speaking.

Rainforests cover about 85% of the country and the government is taking efforts to preserve it.  There are 13 national parks that will remain untouched by those pesky companies (Joe) in order to save natural habitats and wildlife paths.  (There is a video by National Geographic called Gabon: The Last Eden that shows a lot of the landscape and the efforts in preserving it.)  Gabon has a large population of low land gorillas as well as forest elephants.

Libreville is the capital city located in the Northern part of the country.  We will be residing in Port Gentil which is further South and referred to as an island because there are no roads connecting it to the mainland.  It has a population of about 100,000 and is supposedly known for its hotels, nightlife, and beaches.  We’ll see when we get there.

If you are curious and would like to learn a bit more about our new home, check out the following links.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/1023203.stm

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/gabon

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