Things to see in Central African Republic

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Amy Adejokun
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The fauna and flora

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.

Arts and culture

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-Zare rumba. This kind of music appeared in the 1950's when Cuban rumba and highlife were having great success in Central Africa.

Parks and reserves

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 mi, 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.

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