Monday, 15 February 2016

Welcome to the Authentic Africa

Welcome to the Authentic AfricaCentral African Republic, just as its name brings out, is positioned in the center of Africa. Central African Republic (C.A.R.) is a nation with astounding exceptional natural beauty and some of the world's most astonishing wildlife. It's one of the best places in Africa for encounters with forest elephant and lowland gorillas, and the best place in the world, some say, to see butterflies. Its landscapes are jam-packed with wide plateaus, smooth on the central side and engraved at some other end.

A country of contrasts, the C.A.R. is a place where the Sahara Desert meets tropical Africa, where the pastoral traditions of Africa’s tribes’ people rub shoulders with the colonial architecture of majestic France. The French effect is predominantly strong in the capital, Bangui, which recalls its colonial artistic and is dispersed with patisseries serving fresh baguettes and ├ęclairs. Travellers and tourists could easily get a taste of Central African cuisine as local markets supply a wide range of affordable and delightful food. Do explore the tastes of Bangui with the freshest fish from the Ubangi River and the locally made fufu. Perhaps the Pope got to experience this as he visited the country during the last leg of his three-nation African visit.

The country’s frenzied markets are perfect places to network and better understand the ethnically diverse tribes people that make up the population. The shortest interaction with these people demonstrates them to be inquisitive, warm and generous beyond their means.Geographically, much of the Central African Republic is composed of rolling grasslands, dusty deserts and steamy jungles. The northern reaches of the country are predominated by the apparently infinite Sahara. With so little light pollution here, the night skies shines with zillions of stars.

The far south is home to equatorial rainforests, which are well-thought-out as some of the best places in Africa to see forest elephants and western lowland gorillas. The jungle is also home to pygmy tribes, which live off the land in remote pockets of central Africa. Visits to these tribes are possible and offer an insight into their amazing lives. Some of the best stops while in Central African Republic are:

Bangui
The capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui is a major trade and transport hub that sits alongside the Oubangui River, a welcome waterway in this landlocked country. While the amenities of a capital city make Bangui an indispensable stop for visitors on their way to see the country's natural wonders, it also has magnetisms of its own. Founded by the French in 1880, the old town of Bangui features a typical colonial design with wide boulevards leading out from a central market square.

Dzanga-Sangha National Park
Dzanga-Sangha National Park, in secluded southwest C.A.R. near the borders with Cameroon and the Republic of Congo, protects the rain forest habitats of forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, bongos, leopards and hippos, among more than 100 mammal species. The village of Bayanga serves as a hub for park visitors, offering basic guesthouses and one luxury lodge. It is served by charter airlines, offering a noticeably more convenient alternative to reaching the park by road. Attractions include a gorilla research station and a clearing where herds of as many as 100 elephants converge to feed. A limited number of tourists are allowed to participate in gorilla tracking expeditions that depart from Bai Hokou camp.

Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park
Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park is C.A.R.'s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the north near the border with Chad, the park embraces three types of landscape: the flood plain around the Bahr Aouk and Bahr Kameur rivers, the mountainous south and the lowland plains in between. Numerous rivers flowing through the park support many animal species, including large mammals such as lions, giraffes, hippos and buffalo, as well as some 320 bird species. The reputation of this park originates from its wealth of flora and fauna. Read more...

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