Congo, Democratic Republic of

Congo, Democratic Republic of

Etymology

The Republic of the Congo (French: République du Congo), also known as the Congo Republic, West Congo, Congo-Brazzaville or simply Congo, is a country located in Central Africa. It is bordered by five countries: Gabon and the Atlantic Ocean to the west; Cameroon to the northwest; the Central African Republic to the northeast; the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the east and south; and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda to the southwest. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Caprice Lounge – Bar in Maya-Maya, Brazzaville, Congo. [facebook]

Koliy’Art Kafé – Bar in Maya-Maya, Brazzaville, Congo. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

A2A Safaris – A safari in the Congo presents a rare opportunity for the modern traveller – the privilege and thrill of observing one of our closest relatives in the wild and exploring a thriving rainforest ecosystem, both of which create an aura of adventure and discovery. [a2a safaris]

Africa Tour Operators – Congo lies on the opposite site of the Congo River, often mistaken for the famous Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It can also be referred to as Congo Brazzaville for easy distinction form its neighbor. Congo is bordered by DR Congo the west, Angola to the south, Cameroon to the east and Central African Republic to the north. The Atlantic Ocean shares the Congo border on the South west. [africa tour operators]

Congo Travel and Tours – The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville or simply the RoC, is a central African country home to the second largest rainforest in the world, and habitat for some of rarest animal and plant life on the planet. Congo Travel and Tours expeditions offer select experiences that highlight the beauty and wonder of this amazing country and captivating region. [congo travel and tours]

Pure Travel – Artistic carving, folk songs, and traditional and modern dance, play an important part in Congolese culture. Most of the population lives in the south of the country, and tradition is very important. The capital city is Brazzaville on the west side of Malebo Pool on the Congo River. It is a relaxed city with plenty to see including the Basilique of Sainte Anne, the Temple Mosques, the always lively and happening Oluendze and Moungali market, the Marche Total market, the Municipal Gardens, de Gaulle house and the National Museum. [pure travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Delve into Congo’s history at Diosso – Around 20km (12 miles) from Pointe Noire are the villages of Loango and Diosso. Loango was a major embarkation port for slaves during the era of the transatlantic slave trade. The Gorges of Diosso, spectacular cliffs formed by the erosion of the sea and the wind, are well worth visiting, as are some of the remote and idyllic palm-fringed beaches nearby. [world travel guide]

Experience Congo’s biodiversity at Conkouati-Douli National Park – Not far from Pointe Noire, stretching from the Atlantic coastline into densely-forested mountains, Conkouati-Douli is Congo’s most diverse park and recent investment in conservation has seen a rejuvenation of wildlife stocks previously decimated by poaching. Gorillas, elephants, buffalo and chimpanzee can be seen here, as can sea turtles laying eggs on the beach. [world travel guide]

Explore bustling Brazzaville – The small, crumbling Congolese capital is situated on the banks of the mighty Congo River, with clear views across the water to DRC’s capital Kinshasa on the opposite bank. Brazzaville has a number of pulsing markets and a surprisingly vibrant arts and culture scene, as well as some fascinating colonial relics and memorials. [world travel guide]

Get lost in D’Odzala National Park – One of the oldest parks in Africa, the arrival of African Parks and Wilderness Safaris has breathed new life into D’Odzala after decades of turmoil. Remote even by Congo’s standards, the only way to access the park is on an exclusive fly-in safari. Activities include face-to-face encounters with habituated lowland gorilla families, accompanied by local BaAka (pygmy) guides. [world travel guide]

Kick back in Pointe Noire – Pointe Noire is Congo’s economic capital, but it often feels more like a small seaside town. The beachfront itself is rundown and relatively underdeveloped, but therein lies much of its charm. And there are still a number of good spots for a seaside sundowner. Away from the beach, the city has a bustling market and a few good restaurants. [world travel guide]

Marvel at the Loufoulakari Falls – Find beautiful panoramic views of the verdant surrounding countryside at the Loufoulakari Falls, the confluence of the Congo and Loufoulakari rivers. A bumpy 80km (50-mile) drive from the capital Brazzaville, Loufoulakari is held to be the most impressive falls in the region and well worth a day trip. [world travel guide]

Ride ‘La Gazelle’ – This air-conditioned train runs between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire a few times a week and is a much more immersive experience than taking the short flight. Though it’s a slow and arduous journey, there is some striking scenery along the way. Do spend time some considering the human cost of this journey: the construction of this historic train line claimed the lives of more than 17,000 Congolese. [world travel guide]

Stroll around Linzolo – The first Catholic church in Congo was built in 1882 by a French priest and is located in Linzolo, 30km (19 miles) from the capital. The small city is also home to the regional seat of the World Health Organization and a very good market. [world travel guide]

Track gorillas in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park – Once referred to by National Geographic as the world’s ‘Last Eden’, this vast and remote park in the northern corner of Congo is home to lowland gorillas, forest elephants and chimpanzees among other interesting fauna found in the swampy rainforest. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [world travel guide]

Unwind at Les Rapides – Just west of Brazzaville, at Les Rapides, the Congo River can be observed in all its power and glory. These wide and untamed falls are best observed with a frosty beer in hand in the leafy garden of the bar at the river’s edge, which is a popular weekend hang out with locals and tourists alike. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

FESPAM (Pan African Music Festival) – The Pan-African Music Festival is a multidimensional event that takes place every two years in Brazzaville. It has existed since 1993. It offers musical performances, a symposium, a permanent exhibition of musical instruments, training workshops, the Miss FESPAM event and other related activities. [brazzaville]

Feux De Brazza – The Feux de Brazza is a popular international festival of traditional music created in 2005 and that takes place in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo. The festival is held every two years alternating with the Pan-African Music Festival (FESPAM) and it favors traditional cultural exchanges. [brazzaville]

Golden Tam – Tam – Instead of the American Grammys, Congo has chosen the tam-tam to honor its musicians. Created in 2005, the golden Tam-Tam award was conceived by Mr. Medard Milandou. The initiative strives to commend the work of Congolese modern, traditional, and religious musicians. The Golden Tam-Tam award also seeks to commend and encourage those who work far and wide to promote Congolese music. [brazzaville]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Commuter taxis (Minibuses) – The taxis offer transport services within the city and they are painted with a green body and white top. [fortune of africa]

Ferry – Brazzaville is linked by ferry to Kinshasa (4 km) the capital of DR Congo on River Congo. There are a number of both passenger and VIP ferries connecting Brazzaville to Kinshasa. [fortune of africa]

Railway – The major Congo-Ocean Railway line runs for about 320 miles (520 km) from Brazzaville west through Nkayi and Loubomo to Pointe-Noire. [fortune of africa]

Shared taxis – There are also collective taxis that serve certain routes. [fortune of africa]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Brazzaville WordPress Meetup – We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Congo Brazzaville – The Republic of Congo, also known as Congo Brazzaville, is very distinct from its eastern neighbor. It is an urban country, with modern infrastructure and establishments; drawing attention from expats around the world. Here is some useful information to help you prepare for your trip. [expat woman]

Your Expat Community in Brazzaville – Mbote na nge and welcome to the expat community in Brazzaville! If you are considering making the move to Brazzaville or have already made the leap, join InterNations and discover the no.1 social network for expats in Brazzaville and around the world! As with any life-changing move, you probably have a number of questions you would like to know the answers to. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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