"Libreville: My Old Home" Libreville by JohnniOmani

Libreville Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 16 photos

A City of Contrasts

Libreville is a city of contrasts that will likely give you the feeling that you have arrived in the Heart of Africa from the so called International airport to the shacks that are only a stone throw away from the main avenue. Cafes and hole in the wall pubs line every avenue and Gabonese know exactly how to relax, take life slow and enjoy an ice cold refreshment. The city often gets overlooked by most foreigners on their way to other destinations such as Cameroon or Equatorial Guinea. It is a mistake because Libreville does have some really modest funky things for travellers to do from practicing French with some locals to some really diverse dining across the city. The restaurants range from Korean to Lebanese to Chinese with the Lebanese expats dominating the local economy. Libreville has a nice waterfront with some interesting statues dedicated to its history and slavery. Gabon enjoys relative wealth compared to its neighbours thanks in part to its oil and gas reserves but corruption is rampant making most of the population lived in poverty. It is not uncommon to see Hummers next to beggars but that is par for the course in a capital city in West Africa. Libreville is my new home and it is a pleasure to get to know this unknown city in Central Africa.

  • Last visit to Libreville: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Dec 1, 2012
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