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About Brazzaville

Brazzaville, with its population of 1.5 million, has always been the quieter (and safer) companion of its sister city, Kinshasa, across from which it sits on the banks of the Congo River. With its modernist architecture, riverside views, and wide array of internationally influenced restaurants, Brazzaville is the ideal stopover during your exploration of the Congo’s wilds.

And for a limited time, cheap tickets to Brazzaville are now available; seize your chance to dive into the heart of the Congo today! Brazzaville is home to Maya-Maya Airport (BZV), located within the city only a few minutes’ drive from its centre, and serving a number of international airlines, including South African Airways and Kenya Airways. Taxis are widely available at the airport, and several hotels offer shuttle services. Private drivers can also be pre-arranged.

Why visit Brazzaville

brazzaville food

Global Cuisine

Sample an indulgent range of local and international cuisines at the city’s many eateries.

brazzaville nightlife

Nightly Alive

Despite the relatively small size of the population, a wide variety of clubs, pubs and hangouts ensure it’s always alive at night.

brazzaville outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Take the opportunity to soak up the African sundown by the shores of the river, or on the grounds of one of the local tennis courts.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Republic of Congo
Currency Central African Franc
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 47.03 XAF
Language French
Hub Airport Maya-Maya Airport
Airline Canadian Airways Congo
Time Zone GMT +1
Travel Adaptor Type C, E, F

Best time to visit Brazzaville

Like so many cities in the region, Brazzaville boasts relatively consistently warm temperatures throughout the year, rarely dropping below 20˚C even at their coldest, and often hovering around 30˚C. In short, no matter when you visit, you’ll probably have to be prepared to weather out some heat. However, the months of June to September generally stand out has having not only the coolest temperatures (though admittedly not by much), but also the lowest rainfall. It’s the best time to visit weather-wise, especially since the Congo experience is a largely outdoorsy one; but you’ll also have to deal with heavier crowds of tourists and higher accommodation rates. By contrast, November to February, despite temperatures bouncing between 20˚C and 30˚C, boasts the highest levels of rainfall. It’s the time to come if you want to best avoid the crowds and get the best deals on accommodation, but you’d better not forget that raincoat.

Weather & Climate in Brazzaville

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 21°C 19°C 20°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 22°C
High °C 30°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 30°C 30°C
Rainfall (mm) 93 168 128 106 91 13 0 9 13 88 179 130

Overview

Perched upon the banks of the Congo River, directly across from its far more densely crowded sister capital, Kinshasa of the DRC, is a prime choice for a quiet stopover in your explorations of the lush and breath-taking wilds of central Africa. Absorb the complex history reflected in the young city’s unique blend of modernist and colonial architecture, and in its memorial to its founder, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza; wander the banks of the flowing river; or indulge yourself in dishes from across the globe at the city’s many eateries.

As you follow in the footsteps of de Brazza and explore the wonders of Africa, Brazzaville will surely be one discovery that you’ll remember.

Visa & Customs

South African citizens will require a visa to enter the Republic of Congo. Applicants should make sure their passport will be valid for at least six months, and that they have at least two pages available for stamps. Enquiries can be made online, or at the embassy of the Republic of Congo in South Africa at 960 Arcadia Street in Pretoria.

The closest South African embassy to Brazzaville is located across the river, in the city of Kinshasa. 77 Avenue Ngongo Lutete Gombe Tel: +243-8881-492-8855

Health & Safety

The Republic of Congo is a yellow fever zone, and the Centres for Disease Control strongly recommends yellow fever vaccination for anyone planning entry into the country. They also recommend they ensure that all of their routine vaccinations are up to date and that, in addition, they receive vaccination against Hepatitis A and typhoid, both of which can be spread via contaminated food and water.

Despite its generally quiet nature, incidents of crime, petty and otherwise, have been known to occur in Brazzaville. Visitors are asked to practice common sense in their conduct, and not leave their belongings unattended or wander the streets late at night.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG BRAZZAVILLE
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R62.60
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R19.60
Cappuccino (regular) R22.42 R22.35 R64.40
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R10.00 R10.00 R21.11
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R38.00 R38.00 R10.56

Where to stay?

Brazzaville boasts an extensive choice of hotels and guesthouses of varying degrees of affordability and luxury, with prices varying everywhere from under 33,000 to over 145,000 CFA Franc. GHS Hotel, Mikhael’s Hotel, and Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel stand out as some of the city’s most popular accommodation establishments.

Get Around

Like many urban centres in Africa, Brazzaville sports a sizable fleet of minibus taxies (usually painted green and white), which generally stand out as the most widely available and affordable form of transport in the city. More individual taxies are also available.

Those who wish to trek beyond the city and deeper into the Republic of Congo, meanwhile, have access to the Congo-Ocean Railway Line running through the city, as well as a number of privately-owned busses; while those wishing to take a trip over the river to visit Brazzaville’s sister, Kinshasa, may make use of the local ferry service.

Main attractions in Brazzaville

Marché du Plateau Craft Market

Marché du Plateau Craft Market

Poto Poto Market

Poto Poto Market

Congo River

Congo River

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