Libreville, the largest and capital city of Gabon in Western Africa holds a modest potential in tourist activities and attractions. Compared to the neighbouring countries and cities, the coastal city of Libreville is much more refined and posh. One can get a taste of cosmopolitan lifestyle at the high rises, various night spots, luxury shops and posh cars. Though Libreville is a fascinating cultural destination, tourists should remember the city is one of sub-Saharan Africa's most expensive cities.
Most travellers arrive by air at the Leon M'ba International Airport in Libreville. Airlines with regular flights to Libreville include Lufthansa, Air France, Virgin Nigeria, South African Airways, Gabon Airlines and Air Gabon International. Royal Air Maroc, a budget airline, takes off from Europe or America via Casablanca to Libreville.
Apart from renting a car, the fastest way to get around in Libreville is a taxi. The taxi fare can be settled with the driver depending on the distance. Fares will double after 9:00 pm. It is generally cheap if the taxi is shared with other passengers or hired for short distances. Public transport cars in Libreville are practical but not very posh. They have broken doors, no seatbelts and only upon request the drivers will try to drive safely. Similar types of public transport include mini-buses available for long distances.
Like all big cities, Libreville has its own share of crime. Be careful while sharing taxis and using them at night. Don't roam alone in deserted areas and on the beach after dark. Be vigilant about your personal belongings, important documents and valuables. Always carry a copy of your passport and visa as the police often try to extort money for some alleged infraction.
Since, Libreville is a coastal city; it experiences a tropical monsoon climate with a lengthy wet season and short dry season. The best time to visit Libreville is during the dry, cool season between June and August or the short dry season between December and January.
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