Each nationality has different visa requirements and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid visa. We will assist in any questions or queries that you may have and will also provide any documentation you may require to show proof of travel.
The most reliable means of securing a visa for travel to Gabon is to apply prior to departure at the Embassy or Consulate of the Gabonese Republic. Visitor may also apply online via Gabon’s “E-Visa” program. The application processing time is 72 hours and the visa is issued at Libreville International Airport upon arrival.
Since October 2017, citizens of G20 countries, may obtain a single-entry visa at the Libreville International Airport upon arrival but you need to ensure that you have FCFA, Euro or US$ cash to pay for these.
Please ensure that you pass on your passport information to Gabon Adventure Tours prior to departure. Gabon as most countries in Africa require you to have at least 6 months validity past the date that you intend to return home.
All tours with Gabon Adventure Tours require mandatory travel insurance and we do ask for a copy of your travel insurance policy to be shown to your tour leader prior to departure.
We recommend for our clients to purchase an adventure travel insurance package to protect themselves from the cost related to emergencies situations, cancellations or the downfalls of international travel (delays, lost luggage, theft). In addition, please double check that your insurance is covering you in the instance that you need to be airlifted to a hospital.
Please don’t forget to bring your documents with you as your tour leader will need to see them.
Here are some Insurance recommendations:
WorldNomads Travel Insurance, It's available to people from over 140 countries and is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
TuGo™ Travel Insurance, For Canadian residents travelling Abroad.
Note that if you are not interested in a comprehensive insurance travel insurance package or if you are not a resident of North America we recommend the policies that are connected with membership in one of the European Alpine Clubs: The British Mountaineering Council, German Alpine Club (DAV), French Alpine Club (CAF).
Credit / Debit Cards
Most people choose to travel with a Credit or Debit card but this should not be relied solely upon. VISA is the most widely accepted card and is recommended. Mastercard and American Express are accepted only in selected locations in Gabon and some providers charge high fees for using Credit and Debit cards. Please note that all ATM's will ONLY dispense cash in local currency. You will only be able to draw FCFA cash from ATM's in Gabon.
Bring most of your spending money in cash as FCFA, US dollars or Euro. Generally, Euro are the easiest to exchange so make sure to preferablely change your money into Euro before you leave your own country. Your guide can advise you where it is best to change money into the local currency on your tour and how much you are likely to require.
Travel Health and Safety
First Aid & Medication
All Gabon Adventure Tours are equipped with a first aid 'Trauma Kit'. This is intended for use in an emergency and contains the necessary items to administer basic first aid.
The kits do NOT contain any personal medication such as painkillers, anti-histamine, etc and you should bring a small personal medical kit with suggested items like: antiseptic ointment or spray, cotton wool, sterile dressings, crepe bandage, band aids, scissors, tweezers, tape, antibiotic powder, painkillers, lip salve, sun block, insect repellent, water purification tablets, hypodermic needles and syringes, anti-malaria tablets, anti-diarrhoea tablets, and a good supply of re-hydration powder sachets.
You may wish to consult your doctor or vaccination clinic regarding a broad-spectrum antibiotic (for skin and/or bowel infection) as there are occasions when you cannot obtain these locally. Don't forget a supply of any prescription medicines you usually use (asthma, birth control etc).
We strongly advise that you contact your local travel clinic or doctor well in advance of travelling as you may well need vaccinations prior to travel. Gabon require a compulsory yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry. Failure to provide one may result in a denied entry. We also recommend vaccines such as Poliomyelitis (childhood booster), Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food & water borne diseases) and Hepatitis A (food and water borne diseases). For those venturing outside cities and towns, further recommended vaccines are Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, Tuberculosis, Meningitis and Malaria prophylaxis.
Malaria is the most common serious ailment affecting both residents and visitors in Gabon. Seek professional medical advice regarding whether you may take anti-malaria medication, the different types available and which is most suitable for you. Anti-malaria medication will offer some protection, however you must also use a good insect repellent cream/spray to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes in the first place.
When TAKING anti-malarial medication:
- Make sure you get the right anti-malarial tablets before you go (check with your GP or pharmacist if you are unsure).
- Follow the instructions included with your tablets carefully.
- Continue to take your tablets for up to FOUR (4) weeks (depending on the type you are taking) AFTER returning from your trip to cover the incubation period of the disease.
- If you become ill while travelling in an area where malaria is found or after returning from travelling, you MUST IMMEDIATELY seek medical help (even if you have been taking anti-malarial tablets).
- If you develop symptoms of malaria while still taking anti-malarial tablets (either while you are travelling or in the days and weeks after you return), remember to tell the doctor which type you have been taking – the same type of anti-malaria medication should NOT be used to treat you as well.
- If you have taken anti-malarial medication in the past, do not assume that it is suitable for future trips.
It is important that you understand that Gabon Adventure Tours operates adventure tours where the accommodation, transport, hygiene, medical facilities and other factors may not be of the standard that you are accustomed to at home. By booking with Gabon Adventure Tours you are accepting these conditions.
Physical Level and Fitness
A good level of fitness is required to travel with Gabon Adventure Tours. You should read the specific trip description carefully as some include walking, hiking, canoeing, etc. which may be arduous. If you have any doubts please contact us for more information. These adventures are not for everyone. If you have any physical or mental disability that may limit your ability to fully participate, please consult Gabon Adventures Tours. We may require a medical certificate prior to the departure.
Gabon is in a developing part of the world, and we can’t tell you that everything runs like clockwork in Africa. What we can tell you is that we are experienced adventure travel company, and we know how to keep things operating as smoothly as possible, even when conditions are challenging. That’s why we are here! If you bring flexibility, an open mind and a sense of humour you'll find your trip goes even smoother!
What To Pack
We recommend the use of a comfortable and sturdy travel backpack or duffel bag; whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential for hikes and day excursions.
Toiletry bag, towel, small mirror, razors, shampoo, soap, wet wipes, toothbrush and paste, moisturiser, sun protection lotion, sanitary napkins. Most supplies can be replenished en-route, however not all western brands may be available.
We strongly recommend to only use biodegradable soaps and shampoos while camping to protect the local water systems.
Your clothing should be easy to wash and dry and should preferably not need ironing. Avoid synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. We recommend lightweight cotton clothing. long trousers and t-shirts may be more appropriate. Let’s not forget thin towels, sun hats, sunscreen, insect repellent and leech socks. For most tours, bring along your swimwear, as there are chances to slake off the tropical heat with a dip at a river or waterfall. Moreover, we recommend you bring light rainwear such as raincoats or waterproof jackets because there will be encounters with rain. Please make sure you have something dry to change into and wrap all your clothes and belongings in a plastic/zip-lock bag when packing.
- 2 pairs of walking shoes/boots/trainers, enough comfortable to handle jungle streams or muddy trails and give good grip to walk on mud, stones or slope and protect your toes, ankles and knees. Without a pair of shoes with good grips, it takes more body energy to balance yourself while walking and, if you are unlucky, you could slip and fall.
- 1 pair of sandals, slippers or flip-flop.
Itemized list for Gabon Adventure Tours
For all adventures in all weather conditions, we recommend you to:
- Take a backpack/soft-sided rucksack rather than a hard suitcase as it is more practical and use packing cubes to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
- Combine your main backpack with a fold away day sack that will carry your essentials on day trips.
- Bring a microfiber travel towel – specially designed for travel as they fold really small so you can accommodate a larger size and they dry really quickly too.
- Bring plastic/zip-lock bags to keep clothes and cameras dry in case of rain and if your tour involves rivers and waterfalls.
- Bring your own water bottle to refill along the way.
- Look after your mobile phone with a phone bungee – it protects against loss, theft and damage and is especially useful when trekking.
- Use and charge electrical gadgets, please bring a travel adaptor plug (3-pin electrical sockets).
- Bring a torch light or LED head torch (do not forget to bring extra batteries and bulbs).
- Bring a light sleeping bag and a tent when required (please refer to your tour itinerary).
- Bring sunscreen, hat and insect repellent.
- Personal toiletries
- Biodegradable laundry detergent
- Passport (plus a copy of your passport & visas)
- Vaccination certificate
- Small basic First Aid kit (painkillers, band aids, after-sun lotion, eye drops, anti-diarrhoea tablets. ).