Central African Republic Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Central African Republic

Where is it?: Central Africa Republic is north of Democratic Republic of the Congo

Why do people go here?: Central Africa Republic is truly off the beaten path, with very isolated communities, great wildlife and all of things that make it “real Africa.”

What are the main entry points?: There are flights from France but a number of travelers come overland between bordering countries, mainly Cameroon.

Currency used: Central African Franc

Religion: Christian 50%, Islam 15%, Indigenous 35%

Population: 4.4 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Baya 34%, Banda 27%, Mandjia 21%, Sara 10%

Government: Republic

Languages: French, Sango, Arabic, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Bangui

Attractions: M’Baiki

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Dzanga-Sangha Reserve

Health Issues: Malaria, Yellow Fever

Tips for Visiting

When to go: December through March has the least amount of rain, but the temperatures are at their peak.

Common Phrases: Hello = Bonjour, How are you? = Comment allez-vous?, Good = Bien or Bon, Yes = Oui, Okay =D’accord or OK, No = Non, Thank you = Merci, Please = S’il vous plait, Goodbye = Au revoir

Specific Events/Holidays: Boganda’s Remembrance Day: March 29, National Prayer Day: June 30, Independence: August 13, National Day: December 1

Getting Around: Minibuses services the major cities. If it’s raining, you might have to wait a long time.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travelers taking flights to Central African Republic is the Bangui Airport

Need more information?: Check out the Central African Republic travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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