Oyem Vacations

More independently-minded travelers seeking a destination surrounded by scenic rainforest and savannahs that remain unspoiled by the excesses of mass tourism, are sure to enjoy Oyem and surrounding towns in Gabon.

Oyem is situated about 170 miles (274 kilometers) northeast of the national capital Libreville.

If you are ready to venture beyond Oyem, you'll soon find that this region possesses some cities, attractions and landscapes just waiting to be explored. Bitam and Minvoul are two other places you may wish to visit while you're in Gabon.

Joining one of the wildlife safaris and wildlife spotting tours is a good way to learn about Gabon.

For many people, visiting new places is as much about eating as it is about taking photos of tourist attractions so make the effort to explore the food at the region's restaurants. Bushbutter and mangoes are commonly used in local meals here. No journey through Gabon would be complete without trying manioc (cassava) or cooked bush meat. After the main course dishes are cleared away order the delicious baked banana. Coconut milk is a great option to have no matter what time it is.

Communicate with the people who live in Gabon by familiarizing yourself with French. "Je viens de..." ("I come from...") is a handy phrase to remember. And, for "What's your name?", you can practice the phrase "Comment est-ce que vous vous appelez ?" Don't be shy, just give it a spin!

When it is time to leave Oyem, put the lens cap back on your camera, spend your last of your Central African francs on last-minute souvenirs, and bid Au revoir / À bientôt (farewell) to this unique destination.

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