Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather, positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and maximize the positive aspects. We hope that one of the joys of traveling with Gabon Adventures Tours will be in meeting the local people and traveling to more remote areas. Unfortunately, tourism can radically alter what it was that inspired the industry in the first place. It is for this reason that we as travelers have a responsibility to minimize our impact on the people and environments we enjoy. Through our examples and attitudes we can ensure that our visits have minimal impact on the environment and that we foster positive cultural exchanges between ourselves and our local hosts.

Litter and Waste

Pollution and waste management is a serious problem in Gabon. We suggest avoiding plastic packaging where possible and take along your own bag when shopping. Plastic bags will be offered for many things; don’t be shy in suggesting that it isn’t needed. Even though locals may not use rubbish bins in the street because they know that someone else who’s job it is to clean the street will pick it up, please set an example by disposing of rubbish into the bins. In some places bins are scarce, and rubbish may have to be carried with you until a suitable disposal opportunity. Many locals are unaware

or ignorant of the implications of littering. Our aim is to educate by example, rather than through lecturing.

Bottled water is safe in Gabon, and the locals find many ways to re-use and recycle the bottles. Instead of putting these in the bin, leave empty bottles in a convenient place for someone to collect and re-use.

Take Photos with Care

Always ask permission to take photos of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you do take a photo, offer to send copies back to them and make sure to follow through with your promise. If your subject wants immediate compensation in return for the photo taken, offering a piece of fruit or bread, or a souvenir from your home are ways to do it otherwise refer to your tour guide.

Giving gifts

We discourage offering money to people begging on the streets. This promotes further dependency and encourages the practice, which will in turn lead to unpleasant experiences for other travelers. Instead, we would suggest offering a piece of bread or fruit. Perhaps you could offer postcard from your home, or a small pin etc.

Support local artisans

Support local artists and artisans by purchasing locally made goods. Many communities sell handmade crafts that you may purchase while on tour. You may also ask your Tour Leader for recommendations about where to find local markets, stores and cooperatives.

Accommodation

We’ll be staying in varying levels of accommodation allowing us to enjoy the areas to the best capacity. These accommodation can range from an Hotel in a town to a family-run guesthouse in a village or a bush camp in the jungle. Rest assured that all hotels used by Gabon Adventure Tours are regularly inspected by our staff and our partners to ensure that standards such as private western bathroom facilities, air conditioning are met. And In remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have western amenities. Please keep in mind that due to the remote locations of some places, the standards of accommodation will not be what you would find in a city, but are the best available in those areas.

Transport

We typically use a 4WD car on our tours for longer transfers to the countryside, to get to the jungle and for safaris. Normal cars and taxis are mainly used for city tours and short excursions for a quick dip into the local lifestyle. Roads in Gabon have generally improved in recent years, but there are still difficult sections in remote areas that could extend driving time in the countryside. For this reason, the times indicated in the sections of the itinerary below are only approximate.

Depending on the itinerary, transfers by train, boat and plane are included. Please read the itinerary section of your tour carefully for more information.

Tipping Policy

Tips are not included in the price and tipping is a completely optional practice. It is not customary in Subsaharan Africa to tip service providers such as waiters, but if you would like, this can be done at approximately less than 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is not expected as component of your tour program but such as an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. But we strongly recommend to ask first your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Climate

Gabon is located on the Equator, the climate is hot and humid all year round in the north and in inland areas, with a short dry season from June to August, while in the central and southern part of the coast, the temperature becomes cooler during the dry season. In the far south, the dry season is longer, and it goes from mid-May to mid-September.

The temperature varies little over the course of the year in the north and the center of the country: the warmest period is from January to May, when highs are around 30 °C (86 °F), while it drops a bit from June to September, hovering around 24/25 °C (75/77 °F) in the central and southern part of the coast and around 27/28 °C (81/82 °F) in inland areas.

Annual precipitation in most of the country ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 millimeters (60 to 79 inches), while it's close to 3,000 mm (118 in) in the northern part of the coast, where Libreville is located. In the northern inland areas, near the Equator, there are two rainy seasons, from March to May and from September to November, caused by the two zenith passages of the sun (that is, when it shines directly overhead in the sky at mid-day).

The amount of sunshine is not great, and it's even worse in the dry season, from June to August, when the sky is often cloudy. The (relatively) sunniest period runs from December to February.

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Email: info@gabon-adventuretours.ga
Postal Address: P.O.Box 879 Ewore Mekok - Oyem (Gabon).

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P.O. Box 879 Ewore Mekok - Oyem (Gabon).
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