Travel Report Gaboon - Weltenbummler Shumba - Weltreise mit dem Allrad Reisemobil

Go to content

Main menu:

Travel Reports > Journey round the World > Africa > West Africa

               Travel Report Gabon

                          10.10. - 22.10.2017

   our Route

Currency:        1€ = 656,00 CFA 10/17

Diesel Price:    0,79 €Ct/Ltr
Entry:              Ngongo
Departure:      Eboro
km:         1.267
Visa:                 Embassy Luanda


Part I >  Ngongo - Eboro             10.10. - 22.10.2017             1.267 km


Around the Equator

From here, the track is just more single track and a lot worse, the deep holes are filled with water from the rain. Oh, and the sky is already black again. Shortly after the border we have to stop at a police station. All our passport data including the details of father and mother are entered there in a book by hand. It's late and it's raining, so we'll stay here right now. It's raining all through the night.

The next morning, in Ndende, the first village 40km away, we complete the immigration formalities. Everything works quickly and efficiently. From here we are on a good paved road. Gabon seems to us somehow different than the previous countries. It's hard to describe, but somehow sedate, one might say "lame" almost.

Because of the heavy rain that overtakes us here in Gabon, we refrain from visiting the coast and decide to continue north. Such a pity, but we knew we would have to go somewhere through the rainy season. On a brand-new paved road, we set off for Lambarene, the site of Albert Schweitzer, the well-known German-French, who founded a jungle hospital in 1913 on the other side of the river.

Traveling Gabon is not really easy. The country is basically not developed. An allegedly beautiful coastline is firmly in the hands of international oil companies and virtually impossible to reach without previous permits. Much of the country is (still) intact rainforest and, moreover, there is virtually nothing to explore. The Lope NP with its forest elephants should be beautiful, but because of the rain we also leave this visit. Similarly, the range of goods on the markets is very straightforward and disappoints us increasingly. Vegetables and fruits are in short supply. There are still a few weeks, then it is “mango time”, we really look forward to it.

In many curves the road winds through the dense jungle, one almost has the impression that the thicket fights back the road. For the first time we see little monkeys in the offer of street vendors. And one more thing stands out for me, women are wearing trousers, and this very self-confidently. Actually, people are very relaxed. more...




Continue Reading....

>>> next travel report coming soon




        >>> Gabon


Back to content | Back to main menu