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The Republic of the Congo, also commonly known as the Congo Republic or Congo-Brazzaville, is a country in Central Africa, not to be mistaken with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo Republic is surrounded by Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the DR Congo, and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda. Its capital and largest city is Brazzaville. 


What to see & do

Odzala National Park – The Odzala National Park is situated in the Cuvette-Ouest Region of the Congo Republic. It was founded in 1935 and encompasses 13,600 square kilometres. It is most notable as “one of the most important strongholds for forest elephant and western gorilla conservation remaining in Central Africa.” The area is reportedly abundant in lowland gorillas, monkeys, and even elephants. Since Odzala National Park has camps with eating facilities, it is possible to book a hiking trip with a maximum of four people (who must be in good physical shape). 

The Congo Tank Graveyard – Not your usual tourist destination, there is a hidden area outside of Brazzaville with hundreds of rusted old tanks that were used in the great war of Africa of the Congo. 

Louana National Park - Louana National Park is best known as the place to observe wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, and usually for a much more affordable price! The money from tours directly fund and help protect the gorillas and the natural habitat, as well as maintain the park facilities and incentivize the local community to take care of these magnificent creatures. 


How to get around within Congo

The train serving Congo is the Congo Ocean Railway, the Epic Jungle Train of Africa. Tickets can be reserved in advance or as part of the tour, and the ride provides wonderful views. There are also taxis that make their rounds around Congo; in Brazzaville, these taxis are green. There are no meters, but the drivers are usually fair with naming their price depending on the distance. Shared minibuses and taxis provide cheap transportation and can take a passenger just about anywhere. These aren’t exactly very comfortable, and should not be your first choice in transportation if you don’t have too much time to waste. Perhaps the most convenient (but possibly expensive) mode of transportation in Congo for

tourists is a rental car with a hired driver. Most of the drivers speak solely French, but you can also hire guides that can speak English, Chinese, or German.


How to get there

The primary international gateway into the Republic of the Congo is Maya-Maya Airport, located in Brazzaville. The airport is served by many airlines, including, but not limited to, the following: Air Côte d’Ivoire, Air France, ASKY Airlines, Camair-Co, Canadian Airways Congo, Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Equatorial Congo Airlines, Equaflight, Interair South Africa, Kenya Airways, Mauritania Airlines International, Royal Air Maroc, RwandAir, SN Air Congo, South African Airways, TAAG Angola Airlines, Trans Air Congo, and Westair Benin.  There are flights to Congo from Abidjan, Cotonou, Libreville, Paris, Douala, Lomé, Kinshasa, Pointe-Noire, Impfondo, Ouesso, Malabo, Addis Ababa, Dubai, Oyo, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Nouakchott, Bamako, Casablanca, Kigali, Dolisie, and Bangui. 

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