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The surrounding areas of Bangui have several sites to be discovered as a priority.
Most travellers take their time when visiting the towns and cities of the Central African Republic. Those who come to explore the country more often than not visit the capital, Bangui, home to numerous historical monuments, and Baoli, for its waterfalls.
Thanks to the rainforest, the numerous rivers, and the climate, fauna and flora abound in the Central African Republic. Travellers can admire nature that has largely remained untouched in this Central African country.
The inhabitants of the Central African Republic are very welcoming and enjoy conversing with strangers; they will naturally come up to talk to you during your visit. The best way to discover the art and culture of the Central African Republic is to visit the Barthelemy Boganda Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions located in Bangui, the capital. Both old and more contemporary works of art from all of the country's regions is exhibited here. You will find objects, costumes, traditional instruments, statues, etc. Music is also very important in the traditional culture of the Central African Republic and is an integral part of everyday life. The music of today resembles Congo-Zaïre rumba. This kind of music appeared in the 1950's when Cuban rumba and highlife were having great success in Central Africa.
When you think of safaris you think of Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, etc., but certainly not the Central African Republic. Which is rather unfortunate, since the country is home to diverse fauna that you can observe in the national parks, like Manovo-Gounda St. Floris, for example. This is the largest natural reserve in Central Africa, stretching over more than 6,700 mi², and is home to many endangered species, like the hippopotamus and the black rhino. Still free from mass tourism, the Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas, in the western part of the country, are also worth visiting for their exceptional ecosystem.
If you're looking for a taste of 'real Africa' you could be lucky here. Massively poverty-stricken and lead by a corrupted government it's a tricky one to get to. Should you manage it ask the locals for the best spot to catch sight of a gorilla or an elephant in the wild. Writer's Easyvoyage profile