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About Central African Republic

Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa. With a population of more than 4.9 million people, it is made up of Sudano-Guianean savannas and an equatorial forest zone. Central African Republic is a beautiful destination filled with wonderful landscapes and wildlife. Popular attractions include Central Market in Bangui and Boali Falls in Boali.

Cheap flights to Central African Republic are now available for a limited period of time so prepare to be whisked away by this picturesque country. The capital city, Bangui, is the home of Bangui M'Poko International Airport (BGF), which is a 25-minute drive from the city centre. BGF serves a multitude of airlines, including Kenya Airways. Popular flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Bangui is approximately 8 hours and 50 minutes.

Why visit Central African Republic

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Butterflies

Home to nearly 600 species of butterflies, these majestic and bold coloured insects springs visual hope with their presence. An ethereal flying creature that is worth marveling at in spite of its tumultuous environment.

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Waterfall

Upon your visit to Central African Republic, be sure to check out Boali Falls. It is especially impressive during the rainy season as it streams down with an impressive force. The backdrop provides an additional breath-taking feat.

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Tobacco Fields

Agriculture is one of the main sources for the people of Central African Republic, with tobacco being a staple export. Be sure to visit some of the lush tobacco fields in the country.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

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

Best time to visit Central African Republic

Central African Republic’s tropical climate affords the country two seasons: a rainy season (April to October) and a dry season (November to March). To ensure that you experience comfortable weather, the best time to visit Central African Republic is during the dry season. Tourists should be warned of the Harmattan (a hot dry dust that blows from the Sahara Desert) which occurs in the dry season.

Weather & Climate in Central African Republic

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (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

Blessed with natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife, the Central African Republic is a vastly unique land. However, its turbulent civil unrest and general lawlessness makes it extremely volatile for many to voyage to this bountiful country. In spite of its political tensions, Central African Republic remains a gem that longs to be trekked by those who wish to discover incredible natural landscapes and its diverse wildlife.

The capital city, Bangui, has a strong French influence – colonial aesthetic filtrates through the cityscape. Located on the banks of the Ubangi River, it is abundant with beautiful natural attractions. Popular attractions include Boganda Museum, Bangi Zoo and the Bokassa Palace.

Bayanga is located in a tropical rainforest area in the Dzanga-Sangha Dense Forest Special Reserve. Visit the town for an authentic experience of the traditional lifestyle of the Pygmies and several other population groups residing in the area. Popular touristic activities include gorilla tracking, net hunting with Pygmies and extracting Palm Wine.

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South African passport holders require a visa for the Central African Republic. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from departure date, and ensure that your passport has at least two blank pages for entry stamps.

Travellers can contact the South African High Commission in Yaounde or Central African Republic Embassy in Cameroon.

Embassy of the Central African Republic

BO 396

Yaounde

Cameroon

Tel: +237 220 5155

Fax: +237 220 5155

You should be up-to-date with all routine vaccinations before travelling to Central African Republic. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and your yearly flu shot. Most travellers should get vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid and yellow fever, as well as medication for malaria prohylaxis and travellers’ diarrhea. All travellers require a yellow fever certificate to enter the country. You should also be aware that meningitis outbreaks occur during December to June (dry season).

Political tensions in Central African Republic are quite hostile and many countries advise against travelling to all parts of the country. Should your travels to Central African Republic be mandatory, take note of the following safety guidelines:

• Expect several roadblocks in the capital city, Bangui – take precise care when encountering any roadblocks.

• Do not travel around Bangui at night.

• Never travel alone.

• Remain vigilant in public spaces.

• Avoid isolated areas.

• For your own safety, you are advised to keep a low profile in the country.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Bengui
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 75.00
Domestic beer (0.5l draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 19.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 20.00 R 33.00 R 32.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 10.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 18.00
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