Port Gentil



This industrial and economic hub (pop. 165,000) of Gabon sits on Mandji Island in the Ogooue River. Although the city doesn't have much in the way of attractions, Port Gentil does have a number of shops, restaurants, stores and hotels, a casino and excellent beaches. (Dahu and Cap Lopez are our favorite beaches.)

Port Gentil is also a good base for river trips. For instance, you can take a jungle boat to Ste. Anne Mission, founded in the 1880s. It's usually a multiday trip with walks in the jungle or a bit of fishing. You can also go up the Ogooue to Lambarene, past some truly spectacular tropical-forest scenery. 100 mi/160 km south of Libreville.

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