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How To Travel To Central African Republic

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By air

Bangui M’Poko International Airport is the country’s sole international airport (and the only airport with scheduled flights) (IATA: BGF). There is no airline in Central Africa that provides regional connections or transfers to domestic aircraft. Air France is the sole airline that flies to Europe, traveling to Paris. Ethiopian Airlines has flights to Addis Abeba. Kenya Airways operates a three-city service from Nairobi to Bangui and Douala. Royal Air Maroc operates a three-city service from Casablanca to Douala and Bangui. TAAG Angola Airlines operates two three-city flights linking Luanda, Brazzaville, and Bangui, as well as Luanda, Douala, and Bangui.

Camairco and Interair South Africa (both to Douala) and Toumai Air Chad (to Brazzaville, Cotonou, Douala, Libreville, Lomé, and N’Djamena) are two more carriers that serve Bangui.

By bus

Bus service is accessible from Cameroon and Chad, although due to the distance and hazardous terrain, such bus journeys are rare. Going by bus, on the other hand, is superior to traveling by 4×4 in terms of safety and convenience of passing through checkpoints.

By boat

Other African towns and nations may be reached via boats and barges that sail rarely down the Ubangui river. The Ubangui River empties into the Congo River, which may be navigated all the way to Stanley Falls in Kinshasa/Brazzaville. Although sluggish, there are frequent (though unscheduled) barges that go from Bangui to Kinshasa/Brazzaville.

Boats also travel the Bangui River from Bangui to Zongo, DRC, where they link to the DRC’s inadequate and poor road network before continuing on to Uganda/Rwanda/Burundi.

By 4×4

The Central African Republic is one of Africa’s least developed nations, with a weak road network and virtually non-existent services outside of major cities/towns. The police/military are highly corrupt, and roadblocks (mostly set up for bribes) are common. There are no highways between the Central African Republic and Congo-Brazzaville due to the thick forest. Traveling from Cameroon to Bangui and then on to the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve is generally simple, although bribe checks are frequent.

Local insurgents and ostensibly government-controlled troops represent a significant danger in the country’s northern and eastern regions. Kidnapping and banditry are serious threats in these areas, and traveling in the CAR’s northern or eastern regions (particularly if you intend to drive your own car) should be done only after consulting with local authorities. This covers all routes to and from Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, and crossings into the Democratic Republic of the Congo east of Bangui.

Visa & Passport Requirements for Central African...

Except for Swiss and Israeli nationals, everyone will need a visa. Visas may be single or multiple entry, although multiple entrance is preferable over single entry. Multiple entrance visas are typically valid for a year, while single entry visas are valid for three months. They are $150 and take two...

Destinations in Central African Republic

Cities in Central African Republic Bangui - the capitalBambariBangassouBiraoBriaMbaikiNolaSibut Regions in Central African Republic Southwest Central African RepublicThe country's population center, home to the capital Bangui and the country's only national park, Dzanga-Sangha, which still draws daring visitors. Northwest Central African RepublicBamingui-Bangoran National Park is located here. Southeast Central African Republic Northeast Central African...

Things To See in Central African Republic

The country's official museum, the Musée Ethnograhique Barthélémy Boganda in Bangui, contains a good collection of indigenous instruments, weaponry, tools, and exhibits concerning local customs, religion, and architecture. Prehistoric rock drawings may be discovered in a variety of places, but Bambari has some of the finest. The "Chutes de Boali," a...

Things To Do in Central African Republic

Visits and stays with Pygmy villages are likely the most appealing to the country's few visitors. Hunting with traditional weapons/devices, collecting medicinal herbs with the village ladies, participating in a night of music and dancing, and much more are all possible activities. Trek into the rainforest in search of gorillas,...

Food & Drinks in Central African Republic

Food in Central African Republic Bangui offers a broad range of cuisines, including Chinese, Lebanese, French, and indigenous fare. Food at restaurants owned by foreigners is extremely costly, with prices ranging from $10 to $20 US per dish (or more). Local cuisine, on the other hand, may be costly depending...

Money & Shopping in Central African Republic

Central African Republic uses the Central African CFA franc (XAF). Cameroon, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon also use it. While technically distinct from the Western African CFA franc (XOF), the two currencies are used interchangeably at par in all CFA franc (XAF & XOF)-using...

Language & Phrasebook in Central African Republic

The primary language is French, with a variant known as Central African French that is readily understandable by French speakers. There are many indigenous languages as well. While French is the official language of the Central African Republic, just a few individuals in the nation understand it beyond a...

Culture Of Central African Republic

The Central African Republic's music takes many diverse forms. Western rock and pop music, as well as Afrobeat, soukous, and other genres, have grown in popularity throughout the country. The sanza is a well-known instrument. Pygmies have a rich folk music heritage. A diverse rhythmic structure, as well as polyphony...

History Of Central African Republic

Early history Desertification drove hunter-gatherer cultures south into the Sahel areas of northern Central Africa about 10,000 years ago, when some people settled and started farming as part of the Neolithic Revolution. Farming of white yam was followed by millet and sorghum, and around 3000 BC, the domestication of African...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Central African...

Stay Safe in Central African Republic Northern regions are affected by hot, dry, dusty harmattan winds. Flooding is frequent. Bribes will be demanded by police at checkpoints; anticipate no less than USD5; there are many allegations that a journey from the Cameroon border to Bangui would cost hundreds of US dollars...

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