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Most Interesting Facts about Central African Republic

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Central African Republic is a small landlocked country in central Africa. It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the east, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo to the south and Cameroon to the west. Formerly part of French Equatorial Africa, it gained independence from France in 1960.

The country is going through a civil war like many other countries in Africa. Much of the tension is over religious which has pushed the country towards poverty. The country is blessed with rich natural wealth, authentic culture and beautiful landscapes. Let’s learn a little more about the nation:

10 Interesting Facts about Central African Republic

1. The country is rich in flora and fauna. It is home to several endemic species including the Oubangui Mouse, the Skink (a snake like reptile), the Sangha Forest Robin and the Sternfield River Frog!

The Central African Republic has 5 national parks and 33 other protected areas. You can find most of the prominent African wildlife animals in these parks. These include the famous BIG 5 (African Elephant, African Rhino, African Buffalo, African Lion, and African Leopard), among others.

national parks in central african republic
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2. Central African Republic is the country least affected by light pollution along with Madagascar. More than three-quarters of people in the country are living under pristine night sky conditions and can see Milky Way clearly at night. Sigh, such a rare sight in our country.

Central African Republic
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3. The people here are friendly and will greet strangers while walking on the streets. But they have different types of greetings. Friends greet each other by 3 kisses on the cheeks, one on the left cheek and two on the right or vice versa. If there are a bunch of people then instead of shaking everyone’s hand one will raise both hands and great the people verbally. Also it is necessary to ask each other questions concerning family wellbeing before starting the conversation.

4. The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world. Despite its rich natural wealth, like most of its neighbors, there is a continuous struggle both internally and externally to get control of the wealth which has pushed the nation in perpetual turmoil.

5. The country also lacks in education as poverty and bad living conditions force people to start working early. There are not enough educational facilities in the country and a survey carried out few years ago showed a decrease in the number of children enrolling to state schools.

6. Child marriages are permitted in the country. The Central African Republic has no strict age restrictions in terms of marriages. Many of the girls living in the country are expected to marry a man when they are under the age of 15.

7. Even though polygamy is not very common, it’s still acceptable in the country. In fact, men can date several girls at once and are even encouraged to have relationships outside of marriage.

8. The country has over 80 ethnic groups, each having its own language. The most dominant groups are Baya, Banda, Mandija and Sara.

ethnic groups in central african republic
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9. The hot climate of the country favours the growth of tobacco, coffee, cotton, peanuts, millet, maize, sesame, plantain and tapioca which are later exported.

10. Due to the tropical climate, the country once had the 3rd largest area of rain forest cover in Africa. With rising population and inadequate modern sources of livelihood, most of the forests have been degraded by logging. Only 35% of the country remains under the forest cover today, the percentage getting lower every day.

Trip leader Sakshi’s Recommendations if you are visiting Central African Republic:

Boali waterfalls: These waterfalls on M’Bari River are at a height of 164 feet with beautiful scenery all around. Once on top of the falls, you can descend via stairs dug through rocks and a steep path will take you to the lake below. Don’t get tempted to take a dip here as the lake is swarming with crocodiles.

Boali waterfalls
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Go on a Safari: The three most important parks are Manovo-Gounda St Floris, Bamingui-Bangoran and Dzanga-Sangha. You can visit any of these to witness the wildlife of the country.

Manovo-Gounda St Floris
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Visit the villages and indigenous tribes: You can get a chance to meet the indigenous forest tribes of the country in the Lobaye region. The region is also famous for the coffee plantations which you can visit while here.

Lobaye region
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Visa Procedure:

Central African Republic Visa Requirements for Indians

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