Libreville a vibrant city situated in the muscular heart of Gabon. Libreville is the largest and capital city and home to over a third of Gabon’s population. It’s also a city that dependent on oil money: pavements, clean streets, smart restaurants, and vast gated villas are the first impressions of the town. If you stay a little longer in this best city in Gabon and you’ll easily discover Libreville’s essentially African heart. You will find here busy residential areas lie further back from the gleaming coastline and crowded street markets.
Nobel winner Albert Schweitzer once said ‘Everyone has his Lambaréné’. Glossy lakes, fast-flowing rivers, thick green foliage, and ingrained sweetness are the main attractions of Lambarene. This best city in Gabon feels somehow kind and gentle as if the profound humanitarian efforts of Schweitzer changed the character of the land. And his legacy is indeed felt everywhere, from the wonderful, still-operational hospital (which Schweitzer founded in 1924 to treat people with leprosy) to the volunteer-staffed lab that researches malaria and other tropical diseases.
Franceville is the end of the Trans-Gabon Railway. Franceville, one of the four largest and popular cities in Gabon. It was the government’s chosen city, at one point to resettle former slaves. Now it is a bustling and lively place with a village atmosphere. In the 19th century, Hilaire’s Church and the memorial to former President Omar were only 2 popular places to visit. For a fun stroll check out the bushmeat, which includes African Rock Python. The Poubara Falls are nearby and make for an excellent nature walk for nature lovers.
Known as Lozo by the locals, Lastoursville is a sleepy little city on the banks of the Ogooué River. The town itself is not remarkable, it’s the surrounding area that has all the highlights. The biggest attraction is undoubtedly the caves near Lastoursville just an hour’s walk from the town center. The list of cities in Gabon is incomplete without this city. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Recent expeditions have charted over three miles of an undiscovered underground cave.
Pointe Denis is Libreville’s weekend party hub. It takes just a quick 12km boat ride away feels like another planet. Gone are the capital’s crowds and traffic, replaced instead by a superb stretch of sand that runs for miles along the peninsula. It is one of the major cities in Gabon. With fancy weekend houses on beach backs and Pongara National Park makes amazing for tourists from the world. It’s perfectly feasible to come here for the day from Libreville if you don’t want to spend the night.
Port-Gentil is Gabon’s second-largest and most beautiful city in Gabon city that has a much more laid-back air about it than Libreville. This one of the cities in Gabon Africa is an industrial and economic engine, and massive oil and gas rigs loom just off the coast. But the city has pleasant wide streets and a bustling port stretches lazily along the beach. Ave Savorgnan de Brazza has most of the banks, shops, and restaurants, one block back from the corniche.