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Republic of the Congo is a Central African country that extends across the equator. The country was formerly under the French rule and its official language is French. The Republic of Congo is a versatile location, engaging travellers to walk upon their streets, get to know the locals and their culture, take in the unique surroundings and experience the wilderness. The nation has numerous reserves of dense rainforests with elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, wild buffaloes dwelling in them. In fact, half the world’s rare lowland gorillas live here!
The Republic of Congo has three major national parks. Parc National Nouabalé-Ndoki, in northern Congo is popular for wild elephants, buffaloes, leopards and various primate species including lowland gorillas and colobus monkeys. Parc National Conkouati-Douli, in northwest Congo is home to forest elephants, primates and a marine reserve that protects leatherback turtles and humpback dolphins. There are also 14 ethnic villages here with people belonging to more than 30 distinct ethnic groups. Parc National d’Odzala is the oldest and is home to more than 400 species of birds, 100 species of mammals and 4500 species of flora. The park is popular for its amazing wildlife safaris and also has good accomodations and camping sites.
There is a lot more to Congo than just wildlife and adventure. As you traverse through the country, you will come across the diverse Congolese culture which contains French, African and Arabian elements. Congo music is a dominant part of the local culture and you must-visit the candlelit night market in PotoPoto district to best experience it. This place has exquisite nightlife and is completely safe to wander around the night-clubs and bars along its market road.
The capital city of Brazzaville lies opposite the Congo River from DRC’s capital Kinshasa and represents Congo’s urban landscape. Here, modernity and traditional values go hand in hand. The cylindrical Nabemba Tower, Palais du Peuple which serves as the Presidential Palace and the Catholic Church of Basilique Sainte-Anne of the Congo are the capital’s highlights. The congo river which separates the country from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the deepest in the world, measuring more than 720ft.
You might get confused between the Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo due to their similar language, landscapes and names. So note that the Republic of Congo is commonly known as Congo-Brazzaville to distinguish from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to the country’s rich tropical wealth, it also has a beautiful Atlantic coastline. The coastal city of Pointe-Noire is popular for beaches like Côte Sauvage and Côte Mondaine.
Republic of the Congo is one of the best Central African destinations, with a significant share of the world’s second largest rainforest, the Congo rainforest. Thus, the country is the perfect destination to encounter inhabitants of the wild rainforests, experience diverse cultures and also enjoy a trip to the beach.
Half the world’s lowland gorillas inhabit the rainforests of Republic of Congo.