Libreville Hotels, Gabon
Libreville Brief Introduction
Libreville is the largest city and the capital of Gabon. This West central African city is a port on the Komo River and a trade hub for timber in the region (Wikipedia). This capital is considered the muscular heart of Gabon.
Due to the huge revenue from oil, you will see that the city streets, pavements, restaurants, villas and all are neat and clean. You won’t recognize it as one of the African countries but you will recognize it when you stay longer and discover the vibrant African heart beating in the center of Libreville.
The last census estimated that there was a total of almost a million residents in the capital city.
Libreville History Brief
Before the French acquired the land in the 19th century, an African tribe settled there long time ago. Libreville is the French for “freetown” in English language. Between 1943 and 1946, Libreville was the major port of French Equatorial Africa, but was also the focus of the Battle of Gabon in 1940.
Libreville grew slowly as a trading center and with a minor administrative center when it gained independence in 1960. Since then, the capital rapidly grow and has over half of its national population. Its first bank was opened only in 1930.
Getting In and Around
You can easily reach Libreville via various carriers including the Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines, Air France, Gabon Airlines and other airlines.
It is best to ride a car or taxi when moving around the city.
Mini-buses are also available but for long distance routes.
AVIS cars are available for rent if you wish to. This might be a bit costly but much safer and comfy. However, with this car you are not allowed to drive outside of the town. If you want to rent one upon arrival at the airport, pre-arrange the rental service since this is not readily available.
Libreville Hotels & Travel Sites
Attractions and Travel Sites
Seafront of Libreville could be considered as its greatest asset. It is where people flock daily to spend time to relax facing the Atlantic Ocean.
Gabonese Sculptures. You can find this along the seafront looking over the beach.
Nzeng-ayong is the place to go to see the huge tree sanctuary (called Arboreteum de Sybang) inside the city itself that houses various groups of local species.
Centre Ville is a great place to see and relax by enjoying the ocean breeze
National Museum of Arts and Traditions
French Cultural Centre
St Marie’s Cathedral
Carved wood church of St Michael, Nkembo
Geography and Climate
The major districts of the city are residential areas including those with nightlife, busy commercial areas, industrial areas and residential area.
Libreville features a lengthy wet season and short dry season, which can classify its climate as a tropical monsoon. As common with many places with this climate, the average temperature is relatively constant throughout the year with high temperature at around 30 degree Centigrade.
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