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Congo : When and where to go?
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Congo: Climate & Weather
The climate divides the year into four seasons: between October and December, the great rainy season, which gives frequent precipitation, and a temperature of between 25 and 35 ° C; Between January and February, the small dry season, with little or no rain, and a temperature that can exceed 35 ° C; Then the small rainy season in March and April, again with frequent rains and a temperature around 30/35 ° C or more; Finally, the great dry season which lasts from May to September and gives very little rain but more moderate temperatures between 18 and 25 ° C.
27°C - 81°F
Brazzaville, updated 00:00 GMT
What to do in Congo
Located in central Africa, the Congo is located on the equator and has a coast of 170 km long. It is also very rich in rivers and rivers, starting with the Congo River, which make it a very fertile country, whose dense forests offer rare woods such as mahogany or okoumé, and a very varied fauna. Its population is almost 4 million, with more than half of them under the age of twenty.
You will be able to discover authentic villages, historical vestiges and a multitude of landscapes: white sandy beaches sprinkled with coconut palms like Pointe-Indienne, waterfalls in Loufoulakari, gorges in Diosso, national parks like those of Odzala Or of Lefini. But you can also visit the museums of Croix Cona or Kinkala, and admire traditional dance shows.
In Brazzaville, the capital, you will explore a colorful and verdant city, which stretches for 10 km along the Congo River: the Sainte-Anne of Congo basilica with its green tones vary according to the light of the day ; The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where you will admire the view over the city center and Kinshasa; The Poto-Poto School of Painting; Sculpture and ceramics workshops scattered throughout the city, as well as markets and old districts. In the vicinity of Brazzaville, several sites are worth noting: the Tree of a thousand leaves, the Trou de Nghéla, the Museum of fetishes, for example.
Going north, the Batéké plateau shelters the Blue Lake, in an impressive valley, and the reserve already mentioned of the Léfini with its elephants, buffaloes, hippos, gazelles, monkeys, antelopes ...
The Niari Valley is the place of life of pygmies who hide carefully there. There are also caves around Lake Moukombo, as well as the 65-meter-high Bouenza Falls, and the liana bridge that crosses the Ogoué.
Do not miss the port of Loango, registered at UNESCO, which has embarked thousands of African slaves for America.
Finally, on the Atlantic coast is built the second city of the country, Pointe-Noire, offering many possibilities for tourists eager for nautical activities: fishing in the sea is particularly practiced there.
Congo : The basics
Tourism is still very little developed in the Congo, which mainly receives business travelers.
You will need a visa as well as a return ticket, as well as a proof of your vaccinations.
The current currency is the CFA franc.
You can find direct flights from Paris to Brazzaville (around 900 € for 8 hours flight).
To travel in the country, the most convenient is the plane if you want to go from one city to another. Road trips are tiring and sometimes dangerous depending on the season, but there is a bus system that serves the cities on the main road between Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. You can also take the train that connects these two cities. For your travels in the cities you will find taxis and buses, and also cars for rent with or without driver.
Budget: You will be able to spend a week in town for about 1200 €, including accommodation of average level, some excursions, restaurants, and your expenses of transport. This can be revised down if you consume the local food.
Regarding your health, vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory, and those against cholera and smallpox must be less than 6 months old. It is better to take an antimalarial treatment before your departure.
Security: Although it is carried out in a very large part of the country, some vigilance must be exercised, especially in large cities. In addition, it is strongly advised not to visit the Pool Department and the border area with the Central African Republic.
Shopping: there are many items that you can bring back in memory of your trip to the Congo: wooden or bronze sculptures, basketry, ceramics, masks, pagnes, most of which you will find in Brazzaville in The Grande Poste sector.