Country: Congo, Republic of
Where is it?: The Republic of Congo sits in western Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon
Why do people go here?: Like many other war ravaged countries in Africa, the Republic of Congo has potential, but with a civil war, it’s advised not to travel in the region.
What are the main entry points?: A number of the West African countries connect to the major airport. Travel by land is easiest from Gabon. Otherwise, inquire about the security situation in the surrounding countries.
Currency used: Central African Franc
Country Code for Phones: 242
Area codes for Major Cities: Congo does not use area codes. They only use starting digits before the subscriber’s number.
Religion: Christian 50%, Animist 48%, Muslim 2%
Population: 4 million
Ethnic Breakdown: Kongo 48%, Sangho 20%, Bateke 17%, Mbochi 12%
Languages: French, Lingala, Kikongo, Indigenous
Major Cities: Brazzaville
Attractions: Parc National D’Odzala
Tourism Office locations: BP 456, Brazzaville, Congo; Tel No.: 830 953.
Tips for Visiting
Health Issues: Malaria
When to go: June to September offer the least amount of rain with cooler temperatures.
Common Phrases: Are you doing well? – Ozali malamu?; Yes, I’m doing well – Ee, nazali malamu.;What’s new? – Nsango nini ? / Sango nini?; Nothing’s new – Nsango te. / Sango te.; See you later – Tikala malamu.;
Specific Events/Holidays: NONE;
Getting Around: Minibuses service major cities.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travelers taking flights to the Republic of Congo is the Maya-Maya Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Republic of Congo travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there