Passport challenge: Gabon


Namaste folks!

It is time for another passport challenge and this time we are traveling to Africa!

Gabon here we come:

Ok, it is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I have absolutely no idea about Gabon. I know it is a country in Africa, but this is really everything. O.o So lets change that together, shall we?

Well as usually -I checked the country first on wikipedia:


Gabon sits on the Equator in western Africa. Oil, timber, and manganese earn this thinly settled republic one of the highest per capita incomes in Africa. However, the income is largely based on oil money going to a few—most live by subsistence farming. France gained control starting in 1839, and Libreville (Free Town), Gabon’s capital, got its name when French forces freed slaves there in 1849. With independence in 1960, it functioned mostly as a one-party state until 1991, when a new constitution brought multiparty democracy. In 2002 the country created 13 new national parks—some 11 percent of Gabon’s area—to protect its forests and wildlife from logging.

Although french is the official language in Gabon there also exist lots of regional languages as well (I found a number of 42 languages which seems really  a lot, if you consider that in Gabon live just about 1.6 million people. in Germany there live over 81 million people and we hardly manage to speak our one language properly).

One of the languages in Gabon is called Fang (yes, easy to remember, it is called just like the threeheaded dog in Harry Potter 🙂 ) and I found a nice feel good song sung in this language (at least I think it is a feel good song – No idea about the lyrics xD).


When it comes to gabonese cuisine – there is not much variety for lack of ressources. Gabon is a poor country, they have a coast, so seafood and fish is commmon, also coconut, chicken, rice and bananas!

Speaking of bananas, I found a pretty nice recipe for baked Bananas Gabonese stle:

Baked Banana Gabonese Style-page-001

By the way, did you know – Gabon is home to 80% of Africa’s Gorilla population. It also has hundreds of dolomite and limestone caves many of which are still unexplored.

Interesting country!



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