Congo, Republic of Travel Facts

The Basics

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%

Government: Republic

Languages: French, Lingala, Kikongo, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Brazzaville

Attractions: Parc National D’Odzala

Tourism Office locations: BP 456, Brazzaville, Congo; Tel No.: 830 953.

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Loubomo

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

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