Fly To Libreville, Gabon
Named in honour of the liberated slaves that built the port city, Libreville in Central Africa has grown into a prosperous capital since Gabon’s independence in 1960. The beachfront boulevard is abuzz with posh hotels and shops, while the Louis Quarter is known for its fashionable venues. Don’t miss out on Pointe Denis, a resort island home to some of Gabon’s best beaches, as well as the Sibang Arboretum – a tourist site showcasing the country’s distinctive plant life.
Served by Libreville’s Leon M'ba International Airport (LBV), which is named after the country’s first president, the city is surrounded by lush rainforests, with beaches and a number of national parks. Libreville is distinctly African in many ways, with a French influence, bustling market culture and a growing music scene.
Currently there are not direct flights between South Africa and Libreville, Gabon. However, you can use Travelstart to search and book flights to Libreville on all airlines such as SAA, Rwandair Express and Air France. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap Libreville flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders don’t require Visas for a stay up to 30 days. We strongly recommend travelling with at least 6 months validity on your passport at all times.
- The South African Embassy in Libreville is situated at Les Arcades Building, 2nd Floor, 142 Rie de Chavannes, Centrville, BP 4063. Phone: +241 77 4530/1.
See and do
When it comes to tourist attractions in Libreville you can expect a number of historic, cultural and scenic highlights. Topping the see and do list are sights such as the Palais Presidentiel, National Museum of Arts and Traditions, Marche du Mont-Bouet, Stade Omar Bongo, French Cultural Center, St Marie’s Cathedral, the Arboretum de Sibang, cultural villages, Pointe-Denis Beach and the carved wood L’Eglise St-Michel Libreville are all worth a visit. There are also national parks such as Pongara and Akanda, both of which are rich in birdlife and wildlife.
Shopping options take a distinctly African approach. In Libreville you can browse colourful markets selling anything from food to curios, bushmeat (this may be distressing to some visitors) and cheap plastic goods. Maison De La Presse meanwhile is a lovely French bookstore that sells some interesting non-English books if you’re looking for something unique. The Marche Artisanal meanwhile is a market selling items from Senegal, jewellery and other interesting finds such as African music instruments (great for take home gifts). It’s also good to note that things tend to shut down from lunchtime to about 15:00pm.
Public transport can be a bit daunting – the best way to get around if you’re not hiring a car is taxis. These can get pricey for longer distance, but if you share and go for shorter trips, it is not too expensive. Many taxis are in a state of disrepair (some may not even have doors that close properly). There are mini-bus taxis for longer trips if you want to get out of town for a daytrip. You can use a hired car in town itself, but taking one out of town can be a challenge.
Libreville Leon M'ba International Airport – LBV
Food and beverage: There is a small coffee shop and restaurant in the airport for refreshments.
Currency Exchange: Ask at the information desk, or head to the nearest currency exchange/cash point at the airport.
Airport Hotels: Hotels near to the airport include Nomad Suites Residence, Okoume Palace Hotel and Le Meridien Re-Ndama.
Car Hire: Europcar, Alamo, Dollar, Thrifty and other companies are available.
Airport Hub: Libreville Airport (code LBV) is a hub for Nationale Regionale Transport and Sky Gabon, serving flights to and from various destinations worldwide.