Central African Republic: practical information

Language

French is the official language of government and is taught in the schools as well. Many languages and dialects are spoken, including Arabic, Hunsa, and Swahili, but Sangho, is spoken by a majority and is the national language.

Communication

The telephone country code is +236. GSM Coverage is exposed to the capital area and in the western part of the country. Most fixed-line and cellular telephone services are concentrated in Bangui. Internet is only available in some towns.

Money

The local currency in Central African Republic is CFA Franc. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro. The currency can be exchanged at banks in Bangui and Berbérati. The credit cards are not generally accepted, except in major hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in Euros. Even so, commission rates can be very high. It is recommended to bring money in advance.

Electrical Power

Electric Power is 220V running at 50Hz. The Plug types used are :

  • type C plug (European 2 pin)
  • yype E plug (round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin)

Local Time

The standard time in CAR is GMT+1

Post

Airmail services to Europe take approximately one week, although it is often much longer; surface mail can take up to three months. Therefore, urgent letters must be sent with special delivery to ensure the safe arrivals.

Nature

The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve is part of a larger protected area, that crosses the border to Congo and Cameroon. It is the second largest rainforest area on earth. The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve is part of the Sangha River Tri-National Protected Area (STN).

Wildlife

The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in the south of the Central African Republic  is the only place where it is possible to go gorilla tracking in central Africa. Not to forget the elephant bais – clearings in the jungle – where it is possible to view 30 – 100 elephants mudbathing and feeding.

Climate

The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve has a tropical climate, with lots of rainfall throughout the year. However, it does not limit tourist activities, as there are sufficient periods without rain.The best travel period is between December and March.

People

Due to its status as a special reserve, Dzanga-Sangha presents an experience rarely offered by protected areas in Africa: the discovery of the traditional way of life of human forest populations.