Gabon is a developing African nation whose approach to tourism is aggressive but environmentally friendly. For Gabon, tourism is an opportunity to exploit without damaging its highly diverse plant and animal life or its spectacular scenery with a long-term goal of developing its economy and improving the socioeconomic status of its people.


Gabon, part of the Congo basin that is sometimes referred to as Earth’s second lung, enjoys plant and animal life among the most diverse found anywhere. Animals include hippos, elephants, gorillas, crocodiles, and chimpanzees on land and, in the water, dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales. Gabon also has a diverse plant life that includes over 400 different tree species identified to date.

Gabon eschews mass tourism because of concerns for the negative impacts on local ...

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