The 5 best places to visit in the Central African Republic
In the south west of the country, north west from the capital and largest city, Bangui, is the Chutes De Boali, or Boali Falls. Measuring around 250 metres (820 ft) wide with a 50 metre (164 ft) maximum drop it is the biggest waterfall in the Central African Republic, and with its large number of offshoots pouring from the jungle, it is one of the most spectacular in Africa.
5. Boali Falls
In the extreme north east of the country, straddling the border with both Sudan and South Sudan is the 951 square kilometres (367 square mile) Andre Felix National Park, a protected landscape of jungle forest savannah. Species found in the park include crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, ostriches, wild boars and leopards, among many more.
4. Andre Felix National Park
In the north of the country, straddling the border with Chad is the 17,400 square kilometre (6,718 square mile) Manovo Gounda St. Floris National Park, home to a wealth of wildlife species. Notable species include black rhinoceros, elephant, Sudan cheetah, leopard, red fronted gazelle, giraffe and lion. Under serious threat from poachers and hunters, much of the parks rare species are considered in extreme danger. Because of the current diversity of animal life, the entire national park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park
In the south east of the country, covering an area of some 17,600 square kilometres (6,795 square miles) is the Chinko Nature Reserve, a landscape of wooded savannah and Congolese rainforest located on a volcanic plateau. Its diverse ecosystem supports a variety of wildlife, including African forest elephant, anteater, leopard, lion, African buffalo, crocodile among many more. The star of the forest is undoubtedly its endangered primate species, with monkeys and chimpanzees thriving in the wilderness.
2. Chinko Nature Reserve
In the extreme south west of the country, encompassing an area of some 6,865 square kilometres (2,650 square miles) is Dzanga Sangha National Park, connecting across the borders with Lobeke National Park in Cameroon and Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Republic Of Congo. Located within the Congo Basin, the combined 2,000,000 square kilometres of tropical moist forest constitutes the second largest rainforest on Earth, and as such is one of the most ecologically rich areas in the world. Home to a number of species that include African forest elephant, bongo antelope, African forest buffalo, white nosed and moustache monkeys among many, many more, it is also home to one of the highest population densities of gorillas in the world. As part of the Sangha Trinational Protected Landscape, the entire park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.