Cheap Flights to Central African Republic

The Central African Republic, or Centrafrique, is a landlocked tropical country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Cameroon to the west, Chad to the north, Sudan and South Sudan to the east, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo to the south. Its capital is Bangui. The country used to be a colony of France, which established Central African Republic’s current borders. Centrafrique has abundant mineral deposits and other resources, like uranium reserves, crude oil, gold, diamonds, lumber, and hydropower, as well as significant amounts of arable land. Despite this wealth in minerals and resources, the country is among the 10 poorest countries in the world. However, the country remains to be a wildlife paradise. With its people known to be friendly and hopeful despite of their living conditions, the Central African Republic is worth visiting.

The Central African Republic was named in the November 2008 issue of National Geographic as the country least affected by light pollution and clear desert nights, which makes the night sky truly beautiful. The remote Dzanga-Sangha National Park, located in the southwest region, is home to lowland gorillas, forest elephants, and the Baka people. Nearby guesthouses and lodges are located in Bayanga, the main village on the banks of the Sangha River. M'Baïki, also in the southwest, is a coffee, timber, and tobacco-growing area. Surrounded by rainforest, it is also the stopping-off point for Baka encampments. Located approximately 10km (6.2mi) northeast is the village of Sabe, which also features ebony sculptures. On Sundays, you can go to Chutes de Boali waterfalls, which can be quite stunning from a distance. Northeast of the country you’ll find Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park, which is managed by the NGO Africa Conservation Trust in partnership with the government, is divided into three zones: the Bahr Aouk and Bahr Kameur rivers in the north, wooded savanna plains in the center, and the Chaine des Bongo plateau in the south.

How to get around within Central African Republic

Bangui, the capital, also serves as the transport hub of the country. At present, there are eight roads that connect the city to other main towns, Cameroon, Chad, and South Sudan. However, only the toll roads are paved and during the rainy season (July-October), some roads are impassable. Aside from international travels, its river port also handles the majority of Centrafrique’s international trade, with a cargo handling capacity of 350,000 tons.

How to get there

There are several airports that serve Central African Republic. Its capital has its own airport, the Bangui M'Poko International Airport. At present, it offers regularly scheduled direct flights to Brazzaville, Casablanca, Cotonou, Douala, Kinshasha, Lomé, Luanda, Malabo, N'Djamena, Paris, Pointe-Noire, and Yaoundé. Other airports in the country are Alindao Airport, Bakouma Airport, Carnot Airport, Gamboula Airport, Kaga Bandoro Airport, Mobaye Mbanga Airport, N'Délé Airport, Poste Airport, Ouadda Airport, Paoua Airport, Rafaï Airport, Sibut Airport, Yalinga Airport, and Zemio Airport. All foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa prior to entry.

Other ways of getting in are by bus (if you’re coming in from Chad) and by boat. Centrafrique is accessible from other African cities and countries along the Ubangui River via boast and barges. However, like bus trips, the boats travel infrequently. There are regular, non-scheduled barges which travel from Bangui to Kinshasa/Brazzaville. 

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