Fly To Brazzaville, Congo
Brazzaville was founded in 1880 and was named after a Franco-Italian explorer, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. Brazzaville made its mark on the map in 1944 when it hosted a conference of Free French forces which redefined the way France managed its African colonies.
Brazzaville is low-key and unassuming. There remains an air of French ambience complete with street side cafes serving up mouth-watering croissants and beautiful, tree-lined boulevards. While Brazzaville is far removed from the bustle of Kinshasa, it still offers a spirited nightlife in the Congo.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Brazzaville, Congo. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest SA Embassy in Congo is in Kinshasa at 77 Avenue, Ngongo Lutete, Gombe, PO Box 7829, Kinshasa. Phone: +243-8881-492-8855.
See and do
From colonial palaces, churches and a memorial of Pierre Savorgnan to vibrant markets and majestic cathedrals, there’s quite a bit to be discovered in Brazzaville. The Palace of the Congresses, Palace of the People and Poto Poto Painting School all make for interesting sightseeing.
There are also various recreational activities that can be enjoyed, particularly if you enjoy outdoor sports. Local equipment is pricey, so take your own. In Brazzaville you can visit the tennis club and get in a round of golf. Some hotels allow access to their tennis courts and pool.
Come evening, take a wander around the Bakongo neighbourhood – there are plenty of plastic chaired bars and loads of street food to sample. For delicious pizzas, try Mami Wata with a brilliant view over the Congo River of Kinshasa, or have a succulent steak at Nenuphar. The Avenue Foch offers a few cafes and restaurants and all the Lebanese restaurants offer Halal fare. Most restaurants are closed on Sundays and be prepared to pay hefty prices for beer.
Drinking is somewhat of a culture in Brazzaville. Beers available include Ngok, Mutzig, Turbo King, Guinness and Heineken. For a good night out try Ram Dam, a nightclub at Plato that plays French, English and local music until late. Boom Boom Afrique is a lounge that plays a mix of African, American and French music and there is no cover charge. For a local flare, try Diplomat where you can enjoy local bands and dancers as well as enjoy some karaoke. There’s a dance floor at the back and there is a cover charge. The young and hip of Brazzaville enjoy 3 D Bar, a lounge sort of place with a bar and outside patio. The foreigners and expats, though, can usually be found at “No Stress”.
As for shopping in Brazzaville, the prices are pretty much the same as Western countries, so you won’t find massive bargains on everyday items. But do browse around the traditional market near the main cathedral, you may just find some colourful African wear and materials.
Getting around the area is usually done via local green taxis. Don’t hop into one that already has two or more people in it and remember to settle on a price for your trip before you depart.
Maya-Maya Airport, Brazzaville – BZV
Airport Hotels: none on site but nearby: Hotel Olympic Palace, Hotel Africa.
Airport Hub: Brazzaville Airport (code BZV) is a hub for Equatorial Congo Airlines.