Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo Republic or Congo-Brazzaville (to distinguish it from its larger neighbour - the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Congo-Kinshasa), is a country in Central Africa. It borders Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda. The country’s sparse population is concentrated in the south-western portion, leaving its vast areas of tropical jungle in the north uninhabited. Because of this, Congo is one of Africa’s most urbanised cities. Its capital is Brazzaville.
The country’s large number of rainforests boasts biodiversity, which includes numerous rare and endemic species, like the common chimpanzee and the bonobo, the African forest elephant, mountain gorilla, okapi, and white rhino. In fact, five of Congo’s national parks are World Heritage Sites: the Garumba, Kahuzi-Biega, Salonga and Virunga National Parks, and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. The country is also home to World Wide Fund for Nature ecoregions including Central Congolian lowland forests, the Eastern Congolian swamp forests, Southern Congolian forest-savanna mosaic, a large section of the Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands, and the Albertine Rift montane forests region of high forest runs along the eastern borders of the country. Notable attractions that you can visit in the country are the Odzala National Park, which is home to hundreds of lowland gorillas, monkeys, and elephants; Congo River, the most famous river adventure in the country and in the world; the Congo Tank Graveyard, a special hidden spot located outside Brazzaville city limits and features hundreds of rusting old tanks from the great war of Africa; and see gorillas in Louana National Park. Also, don’t forget to visit Casino Supermarket in Brazzaville, a one-stop place for dining, touring, partying, and other activities.
How to get around within Congo
Getting around the country can be done via hired car, taxi, or train. You can rent a car and hire a guide as well. Taxi drivers in Brazzaville are generally fair with fares. You can get to virtually any point within a neighbourhood. You can also get in a shared minibus or shared taxis where you can save more. The
country is now served by the new Congo Ocean Railway, the ‘Epic Jungle Train of Africa’, where you have to reserve a ticket in advance or book as part of tour.
How to get there
The Republic of the Congo is served by Maya-Maya Airport, which is located in the capital, Brazzaville. It links the city to several destinations via Air France, Douala in Cameroon, Addis Ababa and Kinshasa by Ethiopian Airlines, Nairobi, and Casablanca. Meanwhile, Pointe Noire has additional connections via luxurious, private air carriers like PrivatAir. It is also served by a number of large commercial companies and a few domestic Congolese airlines ferrying over to Brazzaville. The Chinese-built BZV is a brand new addition to the airports that serve the country. You can also drive into the country. The road between the Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, and the road linking Pointe Noire and Cabinda provide excellent access. A new jungle train serves as a comfortable and reliable form of transport that doubles as a part of the tour into the country, providing spectacular views and sceneries on your way in. You can also arrange a motor or traditional boat trip to Congo through accredited tour agencies.
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