Central Africa Rep. Travel Facts

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Natural Features: Vast, flat to rolling, monotonous plateau; scattered hills in northeast and southwest.

Rainy Seasons: In South (may to October) In North (June to September)

Accommodation: The Catholic Mission is very friendly and will allow campers for a small donation. But there are a number of good hotels in town, among them are the Minerva Hotel, Avenue du 1 er Janvier 1966 two blocks from the Place de la République, the Palace Hotel, Independence Hotel on Avenue David Dacko two blocks from the Place de la République and the Hotel Rock. Other visitors prefer the Centre d'Accueil Touristiques (Tourist Welcome Centre). There is deposit to pay, which is refundable when one is leaving

Climate: It is hot all year round with temperatures soaring highest in the country's northeastern region. The best time to travel however is from November to April, but the rains come by late February in the south and around Bangui. Further south, the rains are heavier and can occur at any time of year although the highest concentration is between July and October. Rain is the most important point to consider when planning a trip to the Central African Republic.

Culture: Centres abound where the people's culture can be appreciated. The Musee de Boganda which showcases a variety of musical instruments is one example of such places.

Food: The best African food is made from a variety of ingredients a major part of which is okra (gombo). Meals typically consist of staple rice, fermented cassava or bananas with some kind of sauce.
Post and Communications:Fax, telex and telephone services are available at the post offices

Tipping: There are few clear rules that can be applied to everyone on tipping. All in all a small amount is expected.

Getting There:

Air: There are direct flights to Bangui from Paris and New York, and from other cities in Africa.

Road: There is a road from Cameroon to the capital Bangui. Garona- Boulai is the popular crossing point. From here, there is a route to Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, and another route to northern Cameroon. There are also roads connecting the Central African Republic with Chad, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Travel Around:

Air: The only place with regular flights scheduled to Bangui is Berberati but charter planes are also available.

Road: Roads are poor throughout the country, and the only sealed ones lead out from Bangui. Dirt roads can be closed for hours or days during the wet season. Buses, trucks and minibuses are the normal means of getting around.

Sea and Lakes: You can do some trips by dugout canoe downriver from Bangassou to Bangui on the Oubangui River.

Driving: International Driving Permit Required

Passport and Visa: Required, but NOT by the following:

  1. Holders of a National Identity Card or a passport expired a maximum of 5 years issued to nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad,Congo, Congo Dem Rep, Cote d'Ivoire, France, Gabon, Monaco, Niger, Senegal, Togo & United States.

Visas required, but not by the following:

  1. Nationals of Central African Rep.
  2. Nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Congo Dem Rep, Cote d'Ivoire, France, Gabon, Germany, Israel, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Niger, Romania, Senegal, Sudan, Switzerland & Togo.
  3. Nationals of Greece & Lebanon provided holding written proof confirming they are professional businessmen, bankers or technicians.

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid . Recommended in some circumstances, seek further advice.

Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate required by all. Exempt infants under 1 year

Museums: Musee national Barthelemy Boganda

Religion: Indigenous Beliefs, Muslims, Protestant, Roman Catholic

Languages: Fr, Hunsa, Sg, Sw

GDP: $320 per capita

Currency: CFA Franc (CAR)

Time: GMT+1

International Dialing Code: 236

International Radios: BBC KHz: (daytime) 17830, 15400,6005, (evening) 17830,15400,11835

Business Hours: Government offices are open from 0630 to 1330 Monday to Friday and from 0700 to 1200 on Saturday. Banks are open from 0700 to 1130 Monday to Friday. Shops are open from 0800 to 1200 and 1600 to 1900 Monday to Saturday.

Weekly Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Public Holidays: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Labour Day (May 1), Independence (Aug 30), Christimas Day (Dec 25), Boganda's Remembrance Day (Mar 29), National Prayer Day (June 30), National Day (Dec 1), Easter Monday (Variable).

Last Updated on Monday 30th November 2009