THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Capital of Congo:Brazzaville
Offical language: French while Lingala and Kituba are the locally spoken languages
Currency: Central African Frank

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% of the landmass is covered in rainforest

Welcome to the Republic of Congo, better known as Brazzaville-Congo. Not to be mistaken for its war stricken easterly neighbor the Democratic Republic of Congo. Brazzaville offers tourists amazing discoveries of their rich and dense rainforests and their 169km long coastal strip. Housing 80% of the world’s great ape populations, the reserves in Brazzaville offer unique and unrivaled insight into the gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural environments. Showcasing some brilliant surfing beaches, the great Congo River with its wild waters and the immense Odzala National Park where you can soak up all this vibrant tropical ecosystem has on offer. The French architecture throughout the villages tell a tale of colonial battles and offer a rich cultural exchange experience, and the local Congolese people are well known for their friendliness and hospitality. Step inside and be amazed at the endless possibilities available within the borders of the relatively small, but ever magnificent country.

It’s quite easy to understand why the locals fought for Brazzaville with all their might. The diverse landscapes together with the beautiful old French architectural influence make The Republic of Congo as unique as the story that their history tells. The heritage and the exploration opportunities are unlike any other when compared to nearby countries. The Republic of Congo is well known for its magical rainforests and its indegiouness tribes of Pygmy people that dwell deep within the wilderness. Passion and dedication to their country has made the local people somewhat iconic and inspiring. Formerly part of the old Zaïre, Brazzaville is truly a “child all grown up”.

Must see places in Congo

Owando

Recently municipalized, this age old city with its vibrant people and sight-seeing possibilities makes for the perfect day outing.

Quesso

In the remote far north this transit hub offers spectacular views with many Pygmy villages nearby that offer a cultural exchange that is rich and rewarding.

Lefini Reserve

A great destination for safaris, this resort has super animal encounter opportunities and showcases the raw natural beauty of Brazzaville.

Lesoi Louna Gorilla Reserve

This park dedicated all its efforts into protecting the great apes of the region and offers tourists the opportunity to see the gorillas up close

Odzala National Park

Brazzaville-Congo’s best nature reserve offers scenic tours which include unrivaled animal encounter opportunities.

Cong Tank Graveyard

Located just outside of the capital city’s borders hundreds of old tanks from the great war of Africa over Congo lay on display. A little nostalgic, a little eerie but surely very unique.

Louana National Park

This impeccable reserves offers superb gorilla and chimpanzee interactions within a natural habitat with no man made interference. Probably the cheapest way of exploring the lives of the great apes anywhere in Africa.

Things to go in Congo

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White Water Rafting

Brazzaville-Congo is well known for its great portion of the mighty Congo River and white water rafting is one of those “when in Rome” activities when it comes to The Republic of Congo. At Les Rapides you can stop to view the true power of the rapids, as they are at their most powerful in this area.

Visit Basilique Sante Anne

This religious center showcases some magnificent Western architectural styles integrated with local building techniques and is a breathtaking view for all tourists hoping to get some great photo opportunities.

Catch a monster fish!

At Tiger Fish Camp the biggest tiger fish ever caught weighed in at a whopping 56kg. It’s a thrilling and daring adventure set for those who boast the endurance to claim the prize.

See the Tombs

At Braza Memorial the age old tombs in the cemetery, that are all beautifully designed, you can find the memorial site for the founder of the capital, Pierre Savorgnan

Explore Marché Total

Brazzaville-Congo’s biggest market offer great local street foods, arts, curios and even monkeys for sale. All things Congolese are on display at this vibrant market.

Dine at Mami Wata

Overlooking Brazzaville this great restaurant is famous for the best food in the republic. They even have a “super” bar and a great lookout point over the mighty Congo River.

Best time to visit Congo

Tourists travel to Congo from July to October

The Republic of Congo has an equatorial climate with the light rain season starting in October and running to around December. Heavier rains set in around January through May. If you want to explore the jungle, the mildly hot dry season from July to October would be the best time to travel as this will allow the best visibility and animal spotting.

 

Did you know?

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The coastal strip that runs on the edge of the country was formerly used as a port for slave trade.
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The Pygmy (forest people) was the first inhabitants of the country.
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The highest point in Brazzaville is Mount Berongu (903 meters).
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The Republic of Congo has many offshore oil fields.

Travel Tips

Local dishes to try
  1. Giant Oysters and Shrimp – Caught fresh and made the traditional way these seafood delicacies are tantalizing and very satisfying.
  2. Piri-Piri Chicken – Made with hot chili peppers and traditional spices, this staple food is a must try for all tourist inbound.
  3. Mouamba – Chicken that has been slow cooked in palm oil and then served with rice. A little rich but very tasty and filling.
  4. Saka Saka – The dish consists of ground cassava leaves that are cooked in palm oil and has a distinct peanut taste. The locals view it as a staple side dish and you’ll probably find it on any menu there.
  5. Moboke – Fresh water fish that has been cooked in massive marantacee leaves with a distinct smoky flavor.
  6. Palm Wine – It might not be food but it surely is a staple. Juice from the coco palm that has been fermented and gets served ice cold. It’s very refreshing and hydrating.
Be careful taking pictures
Don’t take pictures of the locals, they believe it “steals the soul” and you should always get permission if you intend to take that snap when a local is in the picture
Internet
Virtually no internet connections exist outside of Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, so make the required arrangements for connectivity such as wireless 3G before leaving.
Take enough cash with you
Most vendors do not accept debt or credit cards, so make sure you take enough cash with you on day trips
Don’t talk politics
Most locals are still bruised and recovering from the civil war and will snap at a single mention of anything related to turmoil.
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