Bangui is the versatile and dynamic capital city of the Central African Republic (CAR). Located on the banks of the Ubangi River, and once a colonial port city, this sprawling African metropolis still has remnants of its French influence. Wide, tree-lined boulevards and regal French buildings juxtaposed with dusty roads and busy local markets give Bangui its unique charm.
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Why visit Bangui
Experience the unique fusion of indigenous and colonial influences on local Central African cuisine, locally known as “Centrafrican”. Essential ingredients include cassava, sweet potato, tomato, onions and garlic.
Enjoy strolling up Bangui’s expansive French-style boulevards leading toward the city centre from its famous central market place. Must-see locations include the regal Presidential Palace and the ornately-designed Notre Dame Cathedral.
Located on the banks of the beautiful Ubangi River, Bangui is flanked by freshwater on its one side and is within driving distance to some of the Central African Republic’s (CAR) most beautiful nature and wildlife parks on the other.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
Central African Republic
Central African Franc
Bangui M'Poko International Airport (BGF)
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Best time to visit Bangui
Central African Republic has a tropical climate resulting in warm, dry winters and warm, wet summers. The best time to visit Bangui is during its dry season (between January and March), as rainfall is low and temperatures are pleasantly warm and moderate. Bangui should be avoided during its monsoon period (between June and August) as the country experiences intense humidity accompanied by heavy rainfall and thunderstorms
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As the sprawling capital city of Central African Republic, Bangui is known for its colonial architecture and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Once a French colony city, Bangui’s French roots are evident in archaic buildings scattered throughout the city such as the Presidential Palace and Bangui’s famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, modelled after the iconic Parisian Cathedral.
Cuisine in Bangui is an interesting medley of French and local indigenous flavours. French foods such as croissants can be found. Popular local dishes include cassava and chicken stew; grilled meats and peanut soup are also staple dishes in Bangui. Locally manufactured spirits include sorghum beer, palm wine and banana wine.
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Ensure you are up-to-date with all routine vaccinations before visiting CAR, including: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Yellow Fever is prevalent in CAR, and a yellow fever vaccine is mandatory, as the government of CAR requires proof of Yellow Fever vaccinations in the form of a certificate.
Historically speaking, Bangui has had a politically tense and sometimes unstable history. Civil unrest has previously been prevalent in the city. Ensure you do up-to-date research on the current political stability of the country before finalising your trip dates. Do not drink tap water, purchase bottled water to drink.
The city centre in Bangui offers an extensive selection of accommodation options to travellers. Budget hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and nightly motels are available, in addition to the traditional upmarket and high-end hotels. The city centre’s prime location places guests in the centre of excitement and activity, within walking distance to local bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. Public transportation is also easily accessible, making the city centre the exclusive spot to stay in during your Bangui holiday!
The most common form of public transportation in Bangui are minibuses which zig-zag around the city, but can get extremely overcrowded to the point of being hazardous. A safer option is to take private taxis, although this will be more expensive. Most Bangui taxi drivers will be willing to negotiate a fare, so put your bargaining skills to the test (Just be sure to agree on a negotiated price before
Main attractions in Bangui
Bangui Notre-Dame Cathedral
Bamingui-Bangoran National Park
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