Bangui overview

The city of Bangui was founded by the French in 1889 and takes its name from the Ubangi River (spelt Oubangui in French). Located at the geographical center of the continent, Bangui lies on the northern border of the river, near the country’s southern border.

The country lies just north of the equator and daily temperatures often rise up to 30°C, with Bangui in the south slightly hotter and wetter than the northern parts. Bangui is more of a stopover and a gateway into the country’s top tourist attractions. One of the city’s highlights is the old town with its wide streets and colonial architecture. The old town was built by French settlers.

Bangui was once described as La Coquette (the beautiful city), it has gone through a series of turmoil which has greatly affected the country. At the moment, peace initiatives and concerted efforts are on-going to stabilize the country following a coup in 2013 which escalated into serious religious violence.

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Welcoming you to the city of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic is a Romanesque white arch with green trimmings, L’Arche Blanche Triomphale built in 1979 by late dictator Jean Bedel Bokasa. Situated near a roundabout, this monument is the gateway into the city and ushers you straight into La Place de la République, a busy neighborhood. Close by is the beautiful La Palais Présidentiel, formerly Bokassa Palace. Other attractions in the city include: Marche Central, Cathédrale Notre Dame de Bangui, Musée de Boganda, and the Oubangui River. Km 5 is a place you want to explore and a ‘Must See’ for the night owls. About 100km away from Bangui is Chutes de Boali, an impressive waterfall in the neighboring town of Boali. This place is well worth a trip.
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Food and Drinks in Bangui

Typical of the central region of Africa, manioc plays a major part as a staple in the food. Muamba de Galinha, which is basically chicken with palm oil and okra (gumbo) is a local delicacy often enjoyed with fufu. Rice is also popular, alongside plantain, pumpkin and peanut butter. Being close to rivers, Congo and Oubangui, two major source of freshwater food; fish is often a regular in most dishes too. Maboké and soussou are two popular fish-based dishes worth trying. Dining in the city falls into 3 categories: you have the stalls and street food joints, then you have the foreign outlets offering continental cuisines like French, Lebanese, etc. In between are the African restaurants. Palm wine and banana wine are quite common drinks, as well as locally brewed beer. Ginger beer is available for those who want to avoid alcohol. However, for the foreign wines and spirits, they are readily available at major hotels, bars, restaurants and pubs. Km 5 is a place to head out to for all the fun you are looking for. Majority of the bars, pubs and nightclubs are all within the area.

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