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The Republique Gabonaise straddles the Equator.
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This former French colony gained its independence on August 17, 1960.
Much of the Gabonese Republic is covered in tropical rainforest and bisected by rivers. The principal river being the Ogooue, which is navigable from the Atlantic Ocean to Ndjole.
Libreville, on the Gabon River estuary, is the capital and major port of the Gabonese Republic.
Founded by liberated slaves at the site of a French mission in 1849, Libreville was originally called Gabon.
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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this five-star hotel is a perfect place to use as a base for the exploration of Libreville and the fascinating countryside of Gabon.
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Getting Around Gabon
Only about 8 per cent of Gabon's 7,535 km of roads, are surfaced.
There is a rail link through Mbinda, in the Republic of Congo, with the Pointe Noire- Brazzaville Line.
In 1974 construction began on the Trans Gabon Railway; with the section between Libreville's port of Owendo and Booue being completed in 1982.
The extension to Franceville in the south-east was opened in 1986, and a spur to the iron-ore deposits of the north-east was begun in the early 1990s.
The River Ogooue and its tributaries, the Ivindo and Ngounie rivers, are navigable.
The rainy seasons in Gabon are from February to April, and October to November.
Port-Gentil, the capital of Ogooue-Maritime Prefecture, is located in western Gabon; on an island in the Ogooue River estuary, east of Cape Lopez.
Originally a hunting camp called Mandji-Oroungou, a French post was established here in 1885.
Gabon Language and Culture
The official language of Gabon is French, although the majority of Gabonese are Bantu-speaking; the Fang, being the largest of the ethnic groups.
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