With much to offer in the way of historical attractions, forest trekking, beaches and scenic landscapes, the Republic of the Congo (not to be confused with its sister-country, the DRC) is geared for the curious and adventurous traveller.
One of its main, unique attractions is gorilla trekking, where expert guides will lead you through the luscious forests and conservation parks inhabited by western lowland gorillas and other incredible wildlife. Explore the crystalline rivers and lakes and you may even spot some hippo, buffalo, exotic birds and monkeys as you kayak along the waterways. A few national parks beckoning to be explored are the Nouablé-Ndoki National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the oldest, undiscovered gem – Odzala-Kokoua National Park.
Brazzaville is the decaying, historic capital city, home to a vibrant arts and culture scene with intriguing French colonial buildings, churches and colourful markets creating a buzz in the city streets. The locals will welcome you into their humble culture and you’ll be treated to the tastiest dishes from around the globe at numerous low-key eateries. Dive into one of the pubs or late-night clubs and enjoy local instrumental sounds and traditional beats.
Just west of Brazzaville, along the Congo River, you’ll find Les Rapides, magnificently wild waterfalls best observed with a cold beer in hand. Further out into the countryside, Loufoulakari Falls provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
Pointe Noire is the commercial hub and second-largest city of Congo. This lovely seaside city has prominent African and French influences and is a great place to explore undiscovered treasures. Enjoy the sugar-sand beaches where you can windsurf, hang-glide or simply relax under a palm tree with a sundowner. See chimpanzees in their natural habitat at the Jane Goodall Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary and discover the red rock cliffs, jungles and breathtaking views of the Diosso Gorge.
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