Libreville is the vibrant capital of Gabon. With a population of over 7 million residents, it is the largest city in the country. With its bustling street markets, it is the idyllic place for shopping. Touristic attractions of this destination include its vibrant restaurants, Omnisport Stadium, Lopé National Park, Akanda National Park and Pointe Denis Beach.
Cheap flights to Libreville are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare for a voyage to this magical, African Garden of Eden! Libreville is the home of Libreville International Airport (LBV), located a short 10-minute drive from the city centre. Libreville International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including South African Airways. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Non-stop international flights depart from O.R. Tambo International Airport. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Libreville is approximately 5 hours!
Popular flights to Libreville
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Libreville
This west African paradise offers incredible attractions around the city. Be sure to visit St. Marie’s Cathedral, the National Museum of Arts and Traditions, and bountiful cultural villages.
The tranquil beaches offer the chance for blissful whale watching. Tourists can enjoy a relaxing afternoon of delicious sunshine, fresh seafood and the aural explosion of crashing waves.
Gabon’s Reserve de la Lope is home to a sensational scope of wildlife. Take in the sights of buffaloes, elephants and gorillas. Be sure to do the gorilla walk!
Essential details you need to know before your trip
Central African CFA Franc
1 ZAR = 46.06 XAF
Libreville International Airport
Best time to visit Libreville
The city experiences a tropical monsoon climate, which means tourists can expect a lengthy wet season and short dry season. The best time to visit Libreville is during the dry season, when it is cool, between June and August. Indulge in entertaining whale watching from mid-July to mid-September. The short dry season between December and January is also an ideal time to visit this port city. For cheap flights to Libreville, consider the low season (February to April) when there is the chance of heavy rainfall but delightful warm temperatures. The city is less crowded and hotel prices are cheaper.
Weather & Climate in Libreville
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month
Libreville is a lively port city on the Komo River. This oil-rich African metropolis is awash with contrasting imagery, from the cosmopolitan urban landscape to the tropical forests drenched by heavy rain. French inspired buildings and monuments can be found throughout the city.
This quaint destination is ideal for relaxation and an escape from the bustle of everyday life. Spend your time at the seafront and enjoy magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Libreville has incredible beaches such as Cap Santa Clara and Pointe Denis. It is mandatory to explore these sensational white sands and exquisite waters!
To witness the beauty of nature at its purest, visitors are encouraged to visit Akanda National Park. It is designed to represent the biodiversity of Libreville, and it truly leaves you flabbergasted at the vast array of species found in the country. Spot majestic birds such as the Gabon Boubou and the Cuckoo Shrike. Libreville sparkles with emerald landscapes and lives up to the renowned claim of Gabon being Earth’s last Garden of Eden.
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South African passport holders do not require a visa to enter Gabon for a stay up to 30 days.
Ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the date of your return. You should have at least 2 blank pages for stamps.
The South African Embassy in Libreville is situated at:
“Les Arcades” Building, 2nd Floor
142, Rue des Chavannes
Phone: +241 77 4530/1.
The government of Gabon requires proof of yellow fever vaccination for all travellers, except infants.
All travellers should be up to date on routine vaccinations before any trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and yearly flu shot. You should consider getting vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid and malaria because there is a risk of these diseases in the country.
Tourists should take sensible personal security precautions and maintain a high level of vigilance in the city’s public spaces.
Staying safe in Libreville:
• Do not display valuables such as smart phones, cameras and jewellery.
• Avoid walking alone at night.
• Be cautious on isolated beaches and avoid going at night.
• Be sure to only use authorised taxis.
• Be wary of pick-pockets and bag-snatchers at crowded markets.