The Central African Republic is a landlocked African country 500 miles north of the equator. It is a former French colony, and baguettes and French coffee are still available. It does not see many tourists due to difficulties of access and the fact that its security situation is unstable. Foreigners are a prime target for gun toting gangs.

The Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, is beside the River Ubangi. Bangui features modern buildings in the shade of tropical greenery. Bangui’s tourist attractions are Bogonda Museum and St Paul Mission Cathedral. The Central Market and the Arts and Crafts School are also worth a visit.

Further afield, the Lobaye region, 100km from the capital, has several indigenous forest tribes in residence. Take a tour through the Lobaye region and see the tribes’ culture and traditions. Coffee plantations are situated on the edges of the forests.

The Central African Republic has two waterfalls of note: Boali Waterfalls and Kembe Waterfalls. The magnificent Kembe Waterfalls are near the village of Kembe on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s border. About 400km from Bangui are the 5,000-year-old Bouar Megaliths. The Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park is one of several wildlife parks in the Central African Republic.

There is not a great choice of hotels in Bangui. Hotels that are available tend to be over-priced. Boali and Bangassou and other small towns offer guesthouses for tourists. The guest houses are usually cheaper than the capital’s hotels. Western food, including pizza, is available, but be prepared to pay for it.

The principal gateway to the Central African Republic is Bangui M’Poko International Airport. This airport is four miles northwest of Bangui. Domestic flights at the airport use an unpaved runway. Overland entry to the Central African Republic is not really an option because of the country’s security situation. Most roads in the Central African Republic are unpaved.