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Prepare for an epic journey with our Congo-Brazzaville travel guide. From travel tips to must-visit attractions, we've got everything you need to make your adventure unforgettable.

About Congo Republic

Located in Central Africa, the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, is famed for its beautiful wildlife parks and tropical rainforests.

Countries neighbouring Republic of the Congo: Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola.

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Congo-Brazzaville is a country located in Central Africa.

The River Congo is the longest navigable waterway on the whole of Africa, and serves as the natural border between Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The capital of the Republic of the Congo is Brazzaville, located on the Congo River.

Republic of the Congo Overview

Congo-Brazzaville is bordered by Gabon to the west, Cameroon to the north-west, the Central African Republic to the north-east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the east and south, Angola to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

Linguistics

The Congo has a diverse ethnic and linguistic makeup, with over 60 different ethnic groups.

The majority of the population practices Christianity, with a significant Muslim minority.

People

The country has a population of approximately 5.2 million people and its official language is French, although Lingala and Kituba are also widely spoken.

Politics

The country has a presidential system of government, with the President as both head of state and government.

Political stability has been an issue in the past, with several coups and civil wars disrupting the country's development.

The country has since made significant progress in terms of political and economic stability.

Resource-Rich

The Congo is a resource-rich country, with oil and timber being its main exports.

Other important industries include agriculture, fishing, and mining.

Despite its wealth in natural resources, the country remains one of the poorest in the world, with a high level of poverty and inequality.

Tourism

Tourism is not a major industry in the Congo, although the country has several national parks and wildlife reserves that attract visitors interested in eco-tourism.

These include the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, and Conkouati-Douli National Park.

Visiting Congo-Brazzaville

The Republic of the Congo is known for its beautiful rainforests, diverse wildlife, and vibrant culture.

French-Speaking

If you're planning a trip to the Republic of the Congo, it's important to note that the country can be challenging to navigate, especially if you don't speak French, the official language.

Local Guides

It's recommended that you hire a local guide or tour company to help you get around and make the most of your visit to Congo-Brazzaville.

Additionally, be sure to check the current travel advisories and take any necessary precautions to ensure your safety while travelling in the country.

Odzala-Kokoua National Park

The Odzala-Kokoua National Park is located in the north-western part of the country and is known for its gorillas, elephants, and other wildlife.

Visitors can take guided tours of the park and go on gorilla trekking expeditions.

Lesio-Louna Natural Reserve

The Lesio-Louna Natural Reserve is located just outside of Brazzaville, the capital city.

It is home to a variety of primates, including chimpanzees, as well as other wildlife such as elephants and crocodiles.

The River Congo

The Congo River is one of the largest rivers in the world and is an important part of the country's history and culture.

The River Congo is not totally navigable, due to rapids, but it is still a major trading and transportation artery for the Republic of Congo and neighbouring countries; a journey into the heart of Africa itself.

Visitors can take boat tours along the river and visit the small villages and towns that line its banks.

Brazzaville

The French explorer and colonial administrator in Africa, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, of France, first visited the area between 1879 and 1880.

Map of Brazzaville

Map of Brazzaville

The Italian-born, naturalised Frenchman signed treaties with local rulers, effectively placing the territory under French protection and putting in motion the establishment of French Equatorial Africa.

In 1884, Pierre Paul Francois Camille Savorgnan de Brazza founded the city of Brazzaville.

Brazzaville was the main city of the French (Middle) Congo and became the seat of government for the federation, and the capital of Congo after independence.

The French failed in attempts to tie their territories together after the Second World War, and began to grant them independence.

In 1960 the Middle Congo became the independent Republic of Congo.

Brazzaville Attractions

The capital city is home to a number of museums and cultural attractions, including the National Museum of Congo and the Poto-Poto Art School, which showcases traditional Congolese art.

Where to Stay in Brazzaville

Mikhael's Hotel

Mikhael's Hotel

Mikhael's Hotel: 67 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Brazzaville, Congo.

Located in the French-influenced downtown of Brazzaville, the capital, largest city and business hub of the Republic of Congo; just minutes away from Basilique Sainte-Anne and close to Brazzaville Cathedral.

Guests rated Mikhael's Hotel number one in Brazzaville, with a friendly and professional team and a great location for the airport.

Hotels in Brazzaville.

Pointe-Noire

An important port on the Republic of Congo's narrow access to the Atlantic Ocean; not only for the Republic of Congo, but its rail connection with Brazzaville is used by the Central African Republic too.

The first European to explore the area was Diogo Cao, in 1482. The Portuguese navigator marked his discovered territories with the Portuguese royal arms inscribed upon four pillars.

Three of these markers have been recovered, and placed in museums.

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