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Bifoun, Gabon

Bifoun is a town located in Moyen-Ogooué province, Gabon. It lies on the intersection between the N1 and N2 roads. The town is split by the N1 road from Libreville.

The road is surrounded by farmlands with agricultural produce including grapefruits, mandarin oranges, as well as ground nuts. Beyond the farmlands lies the rainforest.

The N1 and N2 intersection lies on the south-east of the town. While the N1 goes southwards into Lambaréné, the N2 follows the path to Ndjolé.

The distance between Bifoun and Libreville is 129 km. The road distance is 165.1 km.It takes approximately 4h 57m to get from Bifoun to Libreville, including transfers.

Know more about Gabon:

Gabon, a country along the Atlantic coast of Central Africa, has significant areas of protected parkland. The forested coastal terrain of its famed Loango National Park shelters a diversity of wildlife, from gorillas and hippos to whales. Lopé National Park consists of mostly rainforest. Akanda National Park is known for its mangroves and tidal beaches.

Originally settled by Pygmy peoples, they were largely replaced and absorbed by Bantu tribes as they migrated. By the 18th century, a Myeni-speaking kingdom known as the Kingdom of Orungu formed in Gabon. It was able to become a powerful trading center mainly due to its ability to purchase and sell slaves. The kingdom fell with the demise of the slave trade in the 1870s. Since its independence from France in 1960, the sovereign state of Gabon has had three presidents. In the early 1990s, Gabon introduced a multi-party system and a new democratic constitution that allowed for a more transparent electoral process and reformed many governmental institutions.

Gabon is rich in folklore and mythology. "Raconteurs" keep traditions alive such as the mvett among the Fangs and the ingwala among the Nzebis. Gabon is also known for its masks, such as the n'goltang (Fang) and the reliquary figures of the Kota. Musically, Gabon boasts an array of folk styles, as well as singers who perform in non-traditional styles like Patience Dabany and Annie-Flore Batchiellilys. Also known are guitarists like Georges Oyendze, La Rose Mbadou and Sylvain Avara, and the singer Oliver N'Goma. Gabonese folk instruments include the obala, the ngombi, the balafon and traditional drums.

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