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Gabon Visa Requirements to Visit Lopé-Okanda National Park

by David Pacella | July 4th, 2010

Gabon is justly famous for its nature parks, which protect a variety of different habitats for native African plants and animals, including Lopé-Okanda National Park, this week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lopé-Okanda National Park includes vast stretches of well-preserved tropical rainforests as well as savannahs. It is home to more large threatened African mammals than any other African rainforest. The world’s largest known group of primates was found here: a troop of more than 1,300 mandrill.

Lopé-Okanda National Park may be filled with wildlife, but it is also a place with a rich human history. Archaeological remains from this region indicate Stone Age and Iron Age settlements, and they tell the story of the migration of the Bantu people into the Congo Forests.  They left behind tools, traces of habitation and campsites, and art, gracing what is now the park with over 1,800 rock carvings.

If you’d like to visit Lopé-Okanda National Park, the first step is to ensure that you have all of the documents you need to enter Gabon. Naturally, you will need your passport, but you will also need a Gabon visa before you can enter the country.

You used to be able to get a Gabon visa at the airport when you arrived, but this is no longer the case. The US Department of State cautions travelers to apply in advance for their visas, as Americans arriving in Gabon without them have been sent directly back to US at their own expense.

For a complete list of the documents and other information that you must provide to get your visa, read Gabon Visa Requirements for Tourists.

Also, before you apply for your visa, check your passport-if it expires in 6 months or less, you need to get a passport renewal before applying for a visa.

RushMyTravelVisa can help you apply for your Gabon visa, as well as any other visas you need for your trip. We’ll even research the visa requirements for every stop on your itinerary, to help you avoid unpleasant surprises.  Then, we’ll walk you through the visa application process step by step and expedite your applications for the fastest possible processing.

Apply for your Gabon visa today!

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