Republic of the Congo Quick Guide

A Republic of the Congo travel guide can give you a lot of information about this country. Being one of the poorest countries in the world, you can expect to get very little information about the city life and other places of interest in the region. You might also end up spending a great deal on transportation if you are unfamiliar with the place. This is why a travel guide is a good idea.

The first thing that you will find out while reading up on the Congo is how difficult living in it can be. You'll hear that water is scarce and that food is scarcer than ever. This naturally means that both your needs and those of other travelers are carefully planned. For example, meals are included in the price you pay and you even have a plentiful supply of clean water.

If you are interested in seeing the historical city of Kigali, a Republic of the Congo travel guide should help you get there. The city, which is part of the Great Lakes region, has been home to some of the greatest history in the area. There are plenty of museums in Kigali and you may even get to visit the remains of the former Belgian colony of Fort de Lalage. This historic site is open to visitors every day. It's also home to the only underground railroad in Africa.

The Republic of the Congo has beautiful scenery, too. Tourists who go there do so for the beauty within the city and the surrounding countryside. Some of the most beautiful scenery you'll see is in the Eastern part of the country. If you like tall trees and lush green fields, you will have plenty to choose from. If you like a more relaxed holiday experience, though, you might prefer the grasslands and mountain peaks of the western part of the country.

Another thing that you can learn about in a Republic of the Congo travel guide is the language. Most travelers are able to speak French or English (but rarely Zulu or Portuguese). In fact, the majority of Congolese citizens can speak English, though there are small groups of native speakers who still use their native tongue.

A travel guide to Congo will include plenty of information about currency exchanges and how to use them to exchange the money you brought along with you. You'll also want to know when to exchange the money at the right place. Some of the currencies in Congo include U.S. dollar, Belgian Franc, CD Convertible Currency, British Pound, and Swiss Franc. Knowing what each of these currencies is up against the other will be helpful during your trip. You'll also want to include details about transportation and how to get from one town to another.

In order to make sure that you get to experience everything there is to see in a Republic of the Congo, it's wise to have a good travel guide. Make sure that it includes at least the major cities of Kigali, Nyungwe and Muhazi. It should also include any secondary cities and even include an introduction to the terrain surrounding the cities as well as what to expect on a safari. The best guides will give recommendations about where you should visit, what to look for while there, and even include tips about staying safe.

The internet has made it incredibly easy to research and purchase a good travel guide to the Republic of the Congo. Simply do a search using your favorite search engine for "refugee camps in Congo" or something similar. Most will give you reviews from people who have actually visited the places and have written about their experiences. This is a good way to find out what is available and what is popular. You will probably find that there is a lot to choose from so you won't have to worry about getting bored or disappointed.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Republic of the Congo are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

If heading to the area in and around Brazzaville and the southern parts of the country you should aim for travel in the long dry season between May and September, whilst the north is best visited in the short dry season between January and February.

Do I need a Visa?

You must get a visa before travel. For more information, see the website of the honorary consulate of the Republic of Congo in the UK.

See which forms you may need for entry into Republic of the Congo.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Republic of the Congo is the Central African Cfa Franc (XAF). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Republic of the Congo you can grab amazing Central African Cfa Franc deals via (GBP to XAF).

What about the wildlife?

Several varieties of monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants, okapis, wild boars, and buffaloes live in the forests.

What is the traditional food?

French food? Moambe chicken is considered a national dish of the country.

What Languages are spoken?

While French is the official language and widely used in education and government, there are four national languages: Kituba (Kikongo), Lingala, Swahili, and Tshiluba. You can learn some basic French before you travel to Republic of the Congo and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Republic of the Congo is the Central African Cfa Franc (It is customary and often expected that you give a tip to the local staff such as guides, rangers, and drivers. A common tip of £7 – £12 per person per day can be expected for your tourleader who goes with you the entire tour.).

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