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About Bangui

Bangui is the versatile and dynamic capital city of the Central African Republic (CAR). Located on the banks of the Ubangi River, and once a colonial port city, this sprawling African metropolis still has remnants of its French influence. Wide, tree-lined boulevards and regal French buildings juxtaposed with dusty roads and busy local markets give Bangui its unique charm.

Cheap flights to Bangui are now available for a limited period of time so book your flight today and get ready to experience the unique culture and cuisine of this historic city! Bangui is home to Bangui M’Poko International Airport (BGF) located 20 minutes from the city centre by car. Bangui M’Poko International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Kenya Airways. Popular connecting flights to Bangui depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Bangui is approximately eight hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Bangui

cuisine

Cuisine

Experience the unique fusion of indigenous and colonial influences on local Central African cuisine, locally known as “Centrafrican”. Essential ingredients include cassava, sweet potato, tomato, onions and garlic.

city sights

City Sights

Enjoy strolling up Bangui’s expansive French-style boulevards leading toward the city centre from its famous central market place. Must-see locations include the regal Presidential Palace and the ornately-designed Notre Dame Cathedral.

natural landscape

Natural landscape

Located on the banks of the beautiful Ubangi River, Bangui is flanked by freshwater on its one side and is within driving distance to some of the Central African Republic’s (CAR) most beautiful nature and wildlife parks on the other.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Central African Republic
Currency Central African Franc
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 47.38 CFA
Language French/Sango
Hub Airport Bangui M'Poko International Airport (BGF)
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type C/E

Best time to visit Bangui

Central African Republic has a tropical climate resulting in warm, dry winters and warm, wet summers. The best time to visit Bangui is during its dry season (between January and March), as rainfall is low and temperatures are pleasantly warm and moderate. Bangui should be avoided during its monsoon period (between June and August) as the country experiences intense humidity accompanied by heavy rainfall and thunderstorms

Weather & Climate in Bangui

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 18°C 20°C 23°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 21°C 21°C 21°C 21°C 21°C 19°C
High °C 33°C 35°C 34°C 33°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 32°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 0 2 121 149 217 186 246 279 271 198 40 0

As the sprawling capital city of Central African Republic, Bangui is known for its colonial architecture and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Once a French colony city, Bangui’s French roots are evident in archaic buildings scattered throughout the city such as the Presidential Palace and Bangui’s famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, modelled after the iconic Parisian Cathedral.

Cuisine in Bangui is an interesting medley of French and local indigenous flavours. French foods such as croissants can be found. Popular local dishes include cassava and chicken stew; grilled meats and peanut soup are also staple dishes in Bangui. Locally manufactured spirits include sorghum beer, palm wine and banana wine.

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South Africans do require a visa to enter Central African Republic. Leave plenty of time for visa processing and approval before finalising holiday plans and ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after intended duration of stay. Ensure your passport has at least three blank pages for visa stamps.

For more information regarding visa documentation requirements for CAR, please contact the CAR Embassy in Pretoria:

209 Eastwood Opp. Eastwood Village Stanza Bopape Street Arcadia Pretoria

Tel: (+27) 12 430 2443 / 2473 Email: info@carembassysa.co.za carembassysa@gmail.com

South Africans do require a visa to enter Central African Republic. Leave plenty of time for visa processing and approval before finalising holiday plans and ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after intended duration of stay. Ensure your passport has at least three blank pages for visa stamps.

For more information regarding visa documentation requirements for CAR, please contact the CAR Embassy in Pretoria:

209 Eastwood Opp. Eastwood Village Stanza Bopape Street Arcadia Pretoria

Tel: (+27) 12 430 2443 / 2473 Email: info@carembassysa.co.za carembassysa@gmail.com

Ensure you are up-to-date with all routine vaccinations before visiting CAR, including: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Yellow Fever is prevalent in CAR, and a yellow fever vaccine is mandatory, as the government of CAR requires proof of Yellow Fever vaccinations in the form of a certificate.

Historically speaking, Bangui has had a politically tense and sometimes unstable history. Civil unrest has previously been prevalent in the city. Ensure you do up-to-date research on the current political stability of the country before finalising your trip dates. Do not drink tap water, purchase bottled water to drink.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Bangui
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 75.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 19.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 32.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 10.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 18.00

The city centre in Bangui offers an extensive selection of accommodation options to travellers. Budget hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and nightly motels are available, in addition to the traditional upmarket and high-end hotels. The city centre’s prime location places guests in the centre of excitement and activity, within walking distance to local bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. Public transportation is also easily accessible, making the city centre the exclusive spot to stay in during your Bangui holiday!

The most common form of public transportation in Bangui are minibuses which zig-zag around the city, but can get extremely overcrowded to the point of being hazardous. A safer option is to take private taxis, although this will be more expensive. Most Bangui taxi drivers will be willing to negotiate a fare, so put your bargaining skills to the test (Just be sure to agree on a negotiated price before getting in).

Main attractions in Bangui

Bangui Notre-Dame Cathedral

Bangui Notre-Dame Cathedral

Bamingui-Bangoran National Park

Bamingui-Bangoran National Park

Central Market

Central Market

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