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Introducing Central African Republic

Central African Republic (CAR) is a country with staggering rare natural beauty and some of the world's most amazing wildlife. It's one of the best places in Africa for encounters with forest elephant and lowland gorillas, and the best place in the world, some say, to see butterflies. It's also one of the most impoverished and least developed countries on the continent.

For centuries CAR has endured rapacity from colonisers and then from its own leaders in collusion with former colonisers. Yet the people of this plundered nation are open and friendly; and their conversations are more full of hope than despair.

CAR is landlocked, its border crossings can be difficult and dangerous, and flights are expensive and infrequent. At the time of writing most of the country was not considered stable or safe enough to travel through. Whatever you do, check the situation with your embassy before attempting to visit.