|Land Area||257,667 km2|
|Water Area||10,000 km2|
|Total Area||267,667km2 (#76)|
|Government Type||Presidential Republic|
|GDP (PPP)||$35.98 Billion|
|GDP Per Capita||$19,300|
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Like many African countries Gabon's tourist industry is also underdeveloped. Nevertheless, travelers do enjoy Gabon's beaches, ocean and inland fishing facilities, incredible wildlife, the amazing falls on the Ogooué River and the Crystal Mountains.
Bush expeditions and safari trips are growing in popularity, and interested tourists now have a chance to visit the famous hospital founded by Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Lambaréné.
Gabon is internationally renowned for its national parks, especially Loango National Park. This natural wonder is considered "Africa's Last Eden." The park consists of savannah, mangroves and forest, and white sand beaches. It also offers unique opportunities to see elephants, hippos, leopards, gorillas, and buffalo roaming on the beach. Since the park is void of people and villages, the habitat has been well preserved.
Many of the animals are only seen in certain regions of the park, with the exception of elephants and buffalo as they wander all over the reserve. Note that the park has one of the highest concentration of dolphins and whales in Africa off its coast, second only to South Africa.
Lope National Park contains the last grass savannahs in Central Africa. It's home to nearly 400 species of birds including the rosy bee-eater, chocolate backed kingfisher, emerald cuckoo, great blue turaco, and the crowned hawk eagle. It's also home to numerous species of mammals including lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants and leopards.
Cristal Mountain National Park is considered one of the planet's biodiversity hotspots. The park's toothy-edged mountains and interesting species of plant life and reptiles make the park a great sightseeing trip.
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