Tourism in the Central African Republic

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Tourism in the Central African Republic has been negatively affected by its recent troubled history and fighting in neighboring countries.[1] Security in the country is unstable, particularly in its north and northwest.[2]

In 2007 and 2008 the United States issued a travel warning for the CAR warning of bandits, armed groups of rebels, and poachers particularly outside the capital Bangui. The country's government cannot guarantee the safety of travelers in most of the country. In April 2007, a hunting party near Ndele town was attacked and a French hunter was killed and three others were injured.[3]

The Central African Republic is a landlocked and remote country, and a lack of air access makes it an expensive destination.[1] The only international airport is Bangui M'poko International Airport. Locations in the country attractive to travelers include the Chutes De Boali, waterfalls of a height of 50 m (164 ft).[4]

Dzanga-Sangha National Park in the southwest of the country has gorillas and elephants. The Baka people live in this area. Bayanga beside the Sangha River is the main village near to the national park. The village has some small guesthouses and a lodge.[5] The best time to visit most of the country is from November to April.[6]


  1. ^ a b Travel And Tourism in Central African Republic, March 2007, Euromonitor.
  2. ^ Central African Republic: Overview, Lonely Planet
  3. ^ Travel Warning Central African Republic, United States Department of State, 25 March 2008.
  4. ^ Chutes de Boali, Lonely Planet
  5. ^ Dzanga-Sangha National Park, Lonely Planet
  6. ^ Central African Republic: When to Go, Lonely Planet