10 Things to Do in Central African Republic That You Shouldn't Miss

December 8, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Central African Republic from Africa region, is best know for Nature & Wildlife Areas. Discover best things to do in Central African Republic with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Central African Republic

1. Dzanga-Sangha Reserve

Rn 10 | Bayanga, Bayanga, Central African Republic
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Dzanga-Sangha Reserve

Reviewed By Martijn t - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

If you should ever think about visiting the unique wildlife of the Congo Basin then Dzanga Sangha is a must see. I know the place profesionnally, occupied a senior role there, and know dozens of parks in Africa. In wildlife and overall experience terms this is one the very best. At Dzangha bai you will have a guaranteed view of lots of éléphants and not in a tourist bus but almost alone on a viewing Platform. There are several groups of habituated lowland Gorillas which again makes for a unique experience. The whole place feels like paradise, don't be discouraged by the former conflict in CAR- this is actually one of the most peaceful places on the planet. There are two good lodged (Sangha Lodge and Doli Lodge) and you can easily spend a week here in utter amazement. Other than aforementioned éléphants and gorillas the place has unique populations of Bongo antilope, varied birdlife, chimps and hippos. Also there are accessible and unique Ba'yaka "pygmy" villages. Standing on the beautiful Sangha river and hearing Ba'yaka women chant on returning from fishing is itself goosebumps moment. Access is the one issue you need to deal with, rent a small plane which is actually good value if you can find 6 to 8 other people or book a tour. For the more adventurous; rent a good 4x4in Douala or Yaoundé Cameroon and drive there in 3 to 4 days. You do need a visa. Feel free to contact me for more details

2. Notre-Dame of Bangui Cathedral

Rue Joseph, Bangui, Central African Republic
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4 based on 17 reviews

Notre-Dame of Bangui Cathedral

Reviewed By jef-ind - jef-ind

If you are patient, Bangui has some beautiful spots, and the Cathedral is one of them. The outside of the Cathedral is not especially striking, but the inside is quite lovely, very light and airy. It is a wonderful place for a bit of quiet. It is right across the street from a major market which includes an artisans' market.

3. Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park

Ouadda, Central African Republic
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Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park

Elephants, black rhinoceroses, buffaloes, leopards and many other animals find shelter in the park's savannahs.

Reviewed By Robert E - Geneva

My wife and I were safari guides in the Manovo St Floris Park from 1987 to 1988. The place was a natural paradise with a huge variety of animals and birds, including elephants, cape buffalo, lions, leopards, hippos, derby eland, giraffe, thousands of different antelope, warthogs, crocodiles, etc....The park had one of the largest concentrations of hippos in the world, with more than 500 staying in a river bed in the north of the park. We would fish for Nile perch aka "le Capitain" and catch some weighing more than 60 kilos. Mr. and Mrs. Jean Laboureur managed the reserve with their son, Mathieu. Christian, Annemarie and I were guides. If you were lucky enough to have visited the park in those days, you can appreciate how much we are losing to the constant war and famine in the CAR over the past decade. We are thankful for the memories, but saddened that it cannot be shared with our children one day. Hopefully, it can recover and be preserved..

4. Melanie's Beauty

Hotel Oubangui | Boulevard Général de Gaule, Bangui, Central African Republic +236 75 47 47 80
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Melanie's Beauty

Reviewed By Naila M - Bangui, Central African Republic

I had a last minute appointment for a massage, after a tiring day. I did not try other beauty treatments, but massage service was satisfactory! The staff was very polite. Ambience is very nice, minimalistic decor, sooting music and overall relaxing atmosphere. Affordable prices. Recommended for relaxation and quick escape from everyday stress!

5. Oubangui River

Central African Republic
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Oubangui River

Reviewed By tiralb - Tirana

The Oubangui is a very large river that separates the Central African Republic from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This means that it is possible to view Zongo, Congo, from central Bangui.
In Bangui, walking along the river is one of the most pleasant experiences one can have. Also, the few cafes near the river provide some of the nicest places to sit outside and have something to drink. I particularly recommend the outdoor areas of the Hotel Oubangui.
This is not a major tourist attraction, which makes it all the more pleasant. One can watch fishermen and traders getting on with their daily business. There is also a stretch known as Bangui Beach, but swimming in this powerful river with its strong currents is not really recommended, except for excellent swimmers.

6. The Big Mosque

Avenue Barthelemy, Bangui, Central African Republic
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The Big Mosque

Reviewed By Mehmet06TR

I went to this mosque. It is the poorest mosque i have ever seen. But the people were friendly and also very proud.Inside the mosque was very simple and carpets were very old.

7. Les Chutes de Boali (Boali Waterfalls)

Central African Republic
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Les Chutes de Boali (Boali Waterfalls)

Though the water only flows during the Central African Republic's wet season, the Boali Waterfalls warrant a journey from Bangui.

Reviewed By HPFlat5 - London, United Kingdom

Stumbled upon this magnificent sight in the middle of nowhere. Just lucky enough to find it in the wet season, flowing fully. Worth a side trip - ask the locals about conditions.

8. K-Cinq (Km-5 Intersection)

Km 5, Bangui, Central African Republic
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3 based on 13 reviews

K-Cinq (Km-5 Intersection)

Though it lies five kilometers from the geographic center of town, K-Cinq's bars, clubs and public transportation outlets make it the true heart of Bangui.

Reviewed By Marc D - Bangui, Central African Republic

While this place might seem attractive and authentic for a backpacker, it is actually a place of conflict reflecting the local tensions in the country, with weekly incidents. You will need to pass the main road to go to the Airport, but UN peacekeepers are patrolling and base there.

9. Marche Central (Central Market)

Near the port, Bangui, Central African Republic
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Just blocks from Bangui's port, the Marché Central is the city's central marketplace.

Reviewed By porkchoptree - Mechanicsville

Hard bargain the sellers, because you will get from them, lots of cool artwork and wood carvings and masks, some masks I found there were fakes, friendly for the area, they are just trying hard to sell, don't wear white shoes, or clothes, the dirt is very red.

10. Musee de Boganda (Boganda Museum)

Ave de la France, Bangui, Central African Republic
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2.5 based on 9 reviews

Musee de Boganda (Boganda Museum)

Offering precious artifacts of the Central African Republic's history, the Musée de Boganda features a delightful collection of musical instruments.

Reviewed By Travelttomuch - Manchester, United Kingdom

The museum should be removed from the list of attractions in Bangui. It was stripped bare by looters and is now a locked up empty building.

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