Libreville

Overall Score

2

In Central Africa lies the city of Libreville, the capital of Gabon and the center of the Estuary region. It is located in a tropical and humid climate zone, which is characterized by a long, wet season from September to May and a short, dry season from August.

Currently, Lake Belleville is the main transportation center of Gaborone and its major port on the Atlantic coast. ×The city exports some of its products. They include palm oil, oil, and wood. A number of industrial enterprises producing textile and food products are successfully operating. There is a yard and wood processing plant.

The site of the present city was once inhabited by the Memphongwuve. In 1839 the French came to the land. In 1846 their fleet seized a Brazilian ship, which had transported the non-Christians in its trawlers. ×Three years later, the freed people founded a new settlement in the area and called it Libreville, which is French for Free City.

From 1934 to 1946, Libreville was the main port of the French Eastern Africa. As time passed, the city, which was not a major center of the region, became a major population center, and in 1960 it was declared the capital of the country.

One of the citys main attractions is considered to be Saint Jean Michelle. The religious institution is remarkable for its choir, whose members use folk instruments to accompany the service. The Museum of Art and Tradition has a rare collection of ceremonial masks used by the Tekke, Fink and Myrtle tribes.

In one of the citys quarters, called Huey-guye, the government offices, particularly the radio and television buildings, the Presidential Palace, and the National Assembly, are mainly located. The surrounding area is home to the Vontega-Vonga National Park. It is notable for its designated areas where you can hunt. Nearby are two other famous parks, Acquinda and Igújuela.

100 USD = 58,329.85 XAF

Overall Score

2
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Religious
  • Population: 700,000 people
  • GDP: $7,002 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 2 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Airtel
  • Tipping: Although in general around 7% is considered fair, there are no strict rules for tipping. Tipping CFA1000-2000 (€1.50-3.00) for an expensive meal is perfectly acceptable, and generally there is no need to tip for inexpensive meals or drinks on a night out.
  • Apartment listings: AirBnb
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best coffee 24/7: Ogooue Labs libreville
  • Best hospital: SOCIAL SAMU GABON
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Turkish Airlines
  • Best intl air carrier: Turkish Airlines
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1700
  • Monthly costs for family: $3600
  • Monthly costs for local: $1000
  • Meal: $10
  • Small Cola: $1.4
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3.5
  • Coffee: $3


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