Due to the current instability in C.A.R. much of the country is difficult to travel in securely. We can arrange visits to Bangui, the low key capital of Central African Republic. However, C.A.R.’s highlights are the national parks and reserves dotted across the nation, the best of which is arguably Dzanga-Sangha National Park in the south-western corner of the country. Its vast biodiversity includes nearly 600 species of butterflies, forest elephants and lowland gorillas. It is hard to venture much beyond Bangui and Dzanga-Sangha but in the future the Boali Falls and the historical megalithic site of Bouar would be on any itinerary.
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Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic is located along the bank of the Ubangi River. The main sites of this low-key city include the Arc de Triomphe, National Museum and Cathedral. The real highlight is found in its many markets filled with vibrant colours, noises and smells. North of the city lie rolling hills.
The city also has a community of French expats, which translates into one of the best ice cream parlours in Africa!
DZANGA-SANGHA NATIONAL PARK
Dzanga-Sangha National Park is a rainforest in the South-Western part of the Central African Republic. Famed for it’s rich biodiversity, inhabitants include nearly 600 species of butterflies. New species are continually being found. Larger mammals such as forest elephants, lowland gorillas, forest buffalos and bongo antelopes are also easily spotted. In an effort to better protect the amazing animals that call the rainforest home, in partnership with the Republic of Congo and Cameroon a Sangha Tri-national protected area has been created at which the Dzanga Sangha Reserve is central.
The impressive Boali Falls reach 50m tall and 250m wide. The best day to visit is on Sunday when the hydroelectric dam above the falls opens its gates. But careful not to take a swim in the cool lake beneath the falls, with crocodiles lurking in its waters.
In the town of Bouar exist megaliths dating back to the Neolithic era. There are approximately 70 groups of megalithic stones, making it a much larger site than Stone Henge although the formations aren’t of the same size. Placed on the tentative list of UNESCO World Sites, it holds great historical significance.
Visa required. The visa needs to be obtained before travel.
Tropical climate. Hot all year round with a dry season in winter.
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Two prong European style system (type C and E).
Very poor wifi connection/speed.
Cassava is a staple, made into fufu, it is often served with a soup/ stew. Okra and peanuts are common in cooking. Insects are wild meat also regularly eaten.
Alcohol is permitted and is widely available
French and Sangho
Christian. Minority Sunni Muslim
No special dress code.
SAFETY & SECURITY
The FCO Advises against travel to C.A.R. This is due to anti-government forces operating in the country, government instability and the risk of opportunist violent attacks. We avoid travel to most of the country and take precautions in the areas we do travel. Contact us for information on where we do and do not guide in this region and how we work to minimise risk for our guests and staff.