Friday, September 10, 2021

How To Travel To Central African Republic

AfricaCentral African RepublicHow To Travel To Central African Republic

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.