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Bangui

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Introduction

Bangui is the capital and the largest city in the Central African Republic. It has a population of around 600,000 inhabitants. Bangui is located on the northern banks of the Ubangi River in the southwest of the country close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Congolese town of Zongo sits opposite the river from Bangui. Apart from being not really attractive, the city, together with Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo are rated one of of the worst cities in the world to live in and Bangui itself one of the most dangerous, not only because of high crime rates, but bureaucracy and coup attempts add to this potential danger.

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Sights and Activities

  • Bokassa Triumphal Arch
  • Markets
  • Presidential Palace

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Weather

Bangui has a tropical climate with hot and humid conditions year round. Average daytime temperatures hoover around 30 °C on most days and February to April is slightly warmer, June to August slightly cooler. Night temperature rarely drop below 20 degrees. The only really dry months are December to February. From March until November it is very wet, peaking in October with 400 mm of rain.

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Getting There

By Plane

Bangui M’Poko International Airport (BGF) near Bangui receives a number of international plane arrivals and departures. Destinations include Douala and Tripoli with Afriqiyah Airways, Paris with Air France, Brazzaville, Douala, Yaoundé with Cameroon Airlines and Brazzaville, Cotonou, Douala, N'Djamena with Toumaï Air Chad.

By Bus

Crossings to and from Cameroon are relatively straightforward with trucks and buses from Bangui to Garoua-Boulaï, overnighting in Bouar. From Garoua-Boulaï, minibuses go to N’Gaoundal, and trains go from there to Yaoundé.

By Boat

There are river boats between Bangui and Zongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo and all the way to Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo where the Congo River is met.

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