Franceville Travel Guide

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Franceville germinated from a tiny village called Masuka and is today one of the largest cities in Gabon, known for its breathtaking natural waterfalls and charming local bazaars. The Franceville Travel Guide offers visitors comprehensive information on the characteristics, places to see and accommodation options in this charismatic African city.


Franceville’s true appeal lies in its unconventional beauty. The city has succeed in maintaining its rudimentary charm without falling prey to contemporary touch ups to cater to a tourist population. Franceville has not mirrored the cascading effects of modern tourism that have affected other innately beautiful towns of Africa. Franceville knows its USP and flaunts is with gusto. The region does boast of a few modern amenities, however its essential spirit retains the uncomplicated persona. The region is filled with quaint, bustling bazaars that sell the most quirky meat varieties and beautiful natural landscapes that are reminiscent of the city’s country-side past.

Where to go

The best place to catch the genuine flavor of Franceville is at the town center which features attractions like St. Hilaire’s Church, a mammoth structure of Medieval artisanship erected in 1899. The region also features a large statue of the former President, Omar Bongo. There is a sprawling golf course in the vicinity for some super action-packed game sessions. Another not to be missed destination is the Central Market located near Cecado. The place is a storehouse of the most exotic assortment of meat that includes bush meat of a monkey and even an African rock python. Visitors can also pick up great dried fish from the region along with a bevy of colorful African print fabrics. There are other items like electronics and local attire along with fresh fruits and vegetables that are up for sell at bargain prices. The best way to spend a day in Franceville is to meander through the by-lanes of Central Market and pick up relics of a memorable African odyssey.

The city is ornamented with innumerable waterfalls that elegantly beautify its landscape. The most prominent waterfall of the region is the Poubara Falls-that is mingled with a hydroelectric plant to provide electricity to Franceville. The lush waterfalls look resplendent in the glow of the morning sun.  

Food and Accomodation

The Brd de Mer in downtown Franceville serves scrumptious meals at inexpensive rates. A slightly more up market option is the poolside restaurant at Hotel Poubara that has a nice intimate setting. The place mostly serves snacks and salads however visitors can look forward to their Sunday buffet that lays an array of exotic meat options and desserts. Hotel Poubara is the best and most frequented tourist haunt that boasts of nice modern amenities along with tastefully done up rooms and good service.

Franceville is a vestige of rich cultural and ecological heritage that shows no sign of fading into oblivion.
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