Location in Gabon

Coordinates: 0°49′S 12°22′E / 0.817°S 12.367°E / -0.817; 12.367
Country  Gabon
Province Ogooué-Lolo Province
Department Mulundu

Lastoursville or Mandji is a city in central Gabon, lying on the River Ogooué, the Trans-Gabon Railway and the N3 road. It was founded as a slave depot named Mandji, renamed Maadiville in 1883 and finally took its current name for François Rigail de Lastours in 1886. It grew around palm oil production and as an administrative centre, and soon became a major missionary centre. The town is also known for its caves.

The town lies at an elevation of 206m.

World Heritage Status

The caves were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 20, 2005 in the Mixed (Cultural + Natural) category.[1]


  1. Grottes de Lastourville - UNESCO World Heritage Centre


Grottes de Lastourville - UNESCO World Heritage Centre Retrieved 2009-03-19.

Coordinates: 0°49′S 12°42′E / 0.817°S 12.700°E / -0.817; 12.700

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