The Congo isn’t a destination for everyone. It is the closest thing to the Africa depicted in movies like Tarzan, filled with rolling forests and experiences for adventurers. This is not a country you go to relax and unwind. It teems with activity, culture, and learning experiences. The cuisine, including local fruit and produce, is very different. Modern amenities aren’t available at most places either. It is a country you visit to get in touch with nature.
Staying in the Congo isn’t difficult. When you arrive, there are many hostels, hotels, and other accommodation in the country, mainly in the capital of Brazzaville. There is beauty to be seen, culture to be enjoyed, and historic sites to visit too. Whether you stay at a hostel or camp out in the open, the Congo is a unique destination.
It is important to stay safe when traveling in the Congo. It is a country filled with jungles, outposts, tribal regions, rainforests, and even volcanoes. Seasons are unpredictable too, with the two monsoons occurring at different times in the North and South of the country. The jungles of the country are home to rare tropical animals including the Congo peacock, the bonobo, the bongo and the okapi.
The locals are among the friendliest you will ever meet. They are tough, strong, hard-working people who love a good laugh and keep the faith regardless of their situation. You receive a warm welcome from the native population. While here, make sure you check out the gorillas, elephants, chimpanzees and other rare and endangered species of animals.
In fact, there are three national parks in the country. You can go on safaris in these parks, go camping in the bush and get in touch with nature in many more ways. The National Park of The Republic of the Congo is the main one of these. Guided tours and safaris are offered through the park. This isn’t the only way to have a good time in the Congo, though. You can also head to Brazzaville, the capital city, to enjoy the nightlife, cuisine, and more modern company.
Some additional words of advice if you plan on traveling to the Congo: it is an affordable trip to make because of the exchange rate of the franc with the euro. Dollars and Sterling Pound are also accepted forms of currency for exchange. Make sure you exchange your money in banks in the cities. Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville both have ATMs accepting international credit cards.
The best time to travel to the Congo is the period between June and December. This allows you to see the local fauna in the many national parts as well as the nesting of the sea turtles on the beaches during December. After a day out you can head to one of the many restaurants in the region including the Mami Wata, the Kactus, and Il Pepe Nero for local and international cuisine. There are also memorials, markets, churches, and cathedrals in the region for you to visit. With so many sites to see and places to be, from the jungles to the coastline, the Congo never runs out of things to do.
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