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Central Africa

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See Central African Republic for the country.

Central Africa is a region of Africa bounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the west, the African Rift Valley in the east, the Sahel plains in the north, and the Zambezi basin in the south.

Countries[edit]

Central Africa regions
  Angola
Former Portuguese colony which went through a brutal civil war. Now largely safe, but has been surprisingly slow to appear on the tourist radar
  Cameroon
Sometimes referred to as Africa in Miniature, the terrain includes rain forest, desert plains, mountains and high plateau.
  Central African Republic
Dense jungle in the south and semi arid in the Sahelian north, this very unstable country is very much off the radar for visitors.
  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Huge, blessed with incredible natural wealth and beauty, culturally diverse, and is extremely unstable and dangerous
  Equatorial Guinea
Perhaps one of the continent's most corrupt countries, where massive oil wealth is confiscated by a thuggish government, is not a terribly safe place to travel, but it has great beaches, laid-back beach bars, and locals speak Spanish.
  Gabon
Has escaped the strife afflicting other Central African states; rich in oil and mineral reserves and a high biodiversity.
  Republic of the Congo
Huge tracts of forest with a small population mean great potential for eco-tourism, but the country is still to fully recover from a terrible war in the 1990s
  São Tomé and Príncipe
Tiny islands in the Gulf of Guinea
  South Sudan
The world's newest country, split off from warring neighbor Sudan in July 2011

Cities[edit]

View from Brazzaville to Kinshasa; across the Congo river is the only place in the world to see a national capital from another

Other destinations[edit]

Elephant with offspring in Loango National Park

Understand[edit]

Ramadan

Ramadan is the 9th and holiest month in the Islamic calendar and lasts 29–30 days. Muslims fast every day for its duration and most restaurants will be closed until the fast breaks at dusk. Nothing (including water and cigarettes) is supposed to pass through the lips from dawn to sunset. Non-Muslims are exempt from this, but should still refrain from eating or drinking in public as this is considered very impolite. Working hours are decreased as well in the corporate world. Exact dates of Ramadan depend on local astronomical observations and may vary somewhat from country to country. Ramadan concludes with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which may last several days, usually three in most countries.

  • 16 May – 14 June 2018 (1439 AH)
  • 6 May – 3 June 2019 (1440 AH)
  • 24 April – 23 May 2020 (1441 AH)
  • 13 April – 12 May 2021 (1442 AH)

If you're planning to travel to Central Africa during Ramadan, consider reading Travelling during Ramadan.

While the climate is significantly tropical, warm around the year, the Congo basin has the most rainfall on the continent, with more arid savanna climate in the north and south.

Get in[edit]

See also: Flying to Africa

Get around[edit]

Outside major cities, most of Central Africa has poor infrastructure. Offroad driving and general aviation are usually needed.

Talk[edit]

The predominant languages in this region are mostly Niger-Congo and Nilo-Saharan languages. French and Portuguese are the most common official languages, and are often widely spoken as they are used as lingua francas within linguistically diverse countries. English is not well known at all.

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Wildlife[edit]

See also: African wildlife

Animals such as mandrills, bonobos, Western Lowland gorillas and African forest elephants.

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Stay safe[edit]

Much of Central Africa has an unfortunate history of severe armed conflict, including a variety of rebel militias and other violent groups. Sadly, South Sudan and the Central African Republic are currently suffering from civil wars, and the DR Congo has long been dealing with a complicated and shifting set of rebel groups.

Large parts of the region are seriously underdeveloped; do your research and make thorough preparations.

In several of these countries, photography is heavily restricted or at least viewed with suspicion. If in doubt, get permission from an authority before taking pictures.

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