Central African Republic
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I'm planning an epic adventure across 22 African countries later this year (check out www.t2tafrica.com to see more about it) but need some advice. The trickiest bit of the route runs from Juba via Obo and Bangassou to Bangui, then on to Cameroon. I'm not worried about Cameroon or even particularly concerned about the Bangui-Cameroon leg, but to be honest I'm very worried about the CAR from the S.Sudan border to Bangui. Banditry and mud are my biggest concerns. Has anyone been anywhere in the eastern CAR lately?
Alternatives I'm looking at include:
1. finding a way from Juba down to the Congo river somewhere near Kisangani in the DRC, and trying for a ferry trip to Bangui
2. the same as above but overlanding through the northern DRC to Bangui from Kisangani
3. heading from Juba north into Sudan and the across into Chad then into northern Cameroon, dodging Darfur an... more »
Recently back from a fantastic trip to CAR. Timing was perfect as I returned a week before the Seleka rebels took the capital. Hopefully the situation will settle down in a few weeks. I flew in on the weekly Air France flight. No problems getting through immigration. I stayed overnight in Bangui at Karakandji Guest House before flying down to Bayanga the next day. I highly recommend Karakandji. It is run by a Swedish woman who was born in CAR. It is very clean and well run, which is a real bonus in Bangui. There is a kitchen that you can use, although they also serve breakfast. It is centrally located, one block from the cathedral and a short walk from several good restaurants.
I decided to spring for the expense of chartering an airplane rather than driving 14+ hours to Bayanga. If you book well ahead, there is a chance you can split the cost with other passengers. I was ... more »
Romanian_Bat and I spent our winter holidays traveling independently across CAR & Chad between November – December 2012. Needless to say some parts and aspects we enjoyed, some we liked, some we may have found less likable, subject to our personal tastes, expectations and so on. There’s an impressive travel log on Romanian_bat’s webpage I would highly recommend.
In this post I’m trying to sum up practicalities relevant to our Centrafrique journey. There is another post in the Chad section.
Foreigners are in CAR are expected to pass by the authorities when they arrive in a locality which has some police and/or gendarmerie station, in order to perform “registration”. In basic terms, this means your data (name, passport, etc.) are being written in some notebooks. During “registration”,... more »
Two weeks ago I returned from a trip to the Central African Republic and Chad (we crossed the border a week before the Séléka rebels started their taking control over the country) and thought of sharing my experience there, as well as some data on logistics. The route we took was Bangui (we got Ethiopian Airlines tickets, they then canceled their Bangui operations, so they put us on their Douala flight and on to Bangui from there on an A-Sky flight) - M'Baiki - Boda - Boguéré - Yaloké - Bossentélé - Bozoum - Paoua - Bédaya and then on into Chad, direction Goré - Moundou - N'Djamena and farther towards Faya. We did not notice any security issues along our route (which was relative a matter then and definitely is expired information now).
We got our visas at their embassy in Brussels. They asked for the passports, photos, a filled in application form and a EUR 75 fee / passport. As ... more »
I will be visiting CAR for 10 days in January. I would rather bring CFA's with me than exchange Euro's for large local sums at the airport. I would rather not flash large sums of cash. However, i read that a person can only import the equivalent of 100 Euros in local currency. How have previous travelers handled currency exchange? Is there a large "commission" for the currency exchange at the airport? Many thanks.
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Can anyone comment on the quality of French spoken in CAR and/or the prevalence of French versus indigenous languages?
I'm looking into places to practice French language.
I am thinking about going to CAR in the coming weeks. However, looking into plain tickets tells me it might be impossible.. Deadly expensive.
what european city is best to fly from?
Does anyone know of travel agency spcialised in flcghts to CAR?
Is there neighbouring country that is cheaper to fly into and then go overland from to CAR?
And all other tips, I appreciate!
I am looking for a local in Central African Republic with connections and knowledge on the east.
Does anyone knows someone in Bangui?
Has anyone entered Rep of Congo (Brazzaville Congo) from C.A.R.? What is the entry point? Were bribes huge? Do they mess with you a lot?
Hello. I don't know if anybody has noticed, but CAR's embassy in the U.S. moved about a year ago. It was at 1618 22nd St. NW in DC but has moved over to 2704 Ontario Rd. NW. I mention this here only because the move was easy to miss, seeing as how the embassy appears to have no Internet presence. Yet another reminder to always check the State Dept. web site and also call the embassy in advance if you're planning to apply for a visa.
Hi. I am interested in flying to Bangui, buying a bicycle, then taking local transport west (e.g. Beberati) with the bike, where I will then ride it back towards Bangui. Or, if possible, buying the bike in Berberati.
Can anyone provide any information regarding any of this? For example, prices of bikes, feasibility of road transport, potential routes to take? I know CAR has a bad reputation and travel warnings say not to stray outside of the capital. Yet, at the same time, I know travelers such as Peter Gostelow have bicycled through the country with no issues. My plan is to do a very short bike tour (1-2 weeks) on remote roads with a locally bought bike. I did a similar trip in the DRC last year.
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Does anybody have recent experience traveling from Bangui to the Cameroon border.
(So just the west of the country)
Can it be done or totally not recommended still?
Apart from checkpoints and bribes, any other issues on the roads in the west?
I understand that a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is needed in CAR, but is a cholera vaccination certificate required as well? Has anyone been asked to produce this in CAR?
I am leaving for CAR next week for 3 months, and would like to get more insights about what is culturally appropriate for a woman to wear. Are pants/crop pants ok? Knee length skirts? Sleevless tops/tank tops?
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