Fly To Bangui, Central African Republic
Bangui, capital city of the Central African Republic, forms an important part of the country’s interesting and troubled history. Located beside the Ubangi River, the city has been swayed strongly by its French colonial past, clearly evident in its typically wide French boulevards you see today.
The rest of the modern city has been built along the same lines. Its bustling central market, where there is never a dull moment, is thronged by locals and some foreign tourists.
The Ubangi River and the hills surrounding the city give it an enchanting landscape. Most of the city’s main buildings, such as the Place de la Republique and the Presidential Palace, are located close to the river. The heart of the residential area, which has the most nightlife and the largest market area, lies about 5km north.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Bangui do need a Visa to enter the Central African Republic. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The SA Honorary Consulate is at 2nd Floor, Immeuble SOCIM, B.P. 1613, Bangui. Phone: +236 61 8 12.
See and do
K-Cinq: Also known as the Kilometre 5 Intersection, or simply KM-5 Intersection, is the modern centre of Bangui. You can find everything from transport to other locations, to the most happening bars and clubs here. As the name suggests, it is five kilometres away from the true geographic centre of the city. However, it is KM-5 where the true heart of Bangui lies.
Marche Central: The Central Market is within walking distance of the busy port precinct and if you want to catch a glimpse of the city’s everyday life and raw energy, this is the place.
Place de la Republique: This massive white monument is built in a style similar to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. It lies at the heart of the city and is a monument to the dictator Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who was overthrown in the late 1970s.
Musee de Boganda: The Boganda Museum gives visitors insight into the history of the Central African Republic, as well as its rich and vibrant culture, such as its beautiful musical instruments.
Bangui M'Poko International Airport – BGF
Located 7km from the city centre, Bangui M’Poko International Airport (code BGF) serves Air France flights between Bangui and Paris once a week, as well as other destinations in Africa on a regular basis.
While there are no hotels in the airport, there are a few options nearby including Hotel Ledger Plaza and Sangha Lodge.
Bangui Airport is one of the busiest airports in Africa and often exceeds its capacity.