Bangui, Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic

According to abbreviationfinder, Bangui is the capital of the Central African Republic and is located in the southwest of the country, on the right bank of the Ubangui River that serves as the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The city is the business center of the country and has many restaurants, hotels and modern buildings.

The Boganda Museum and the Bokassa Palace are the main attractions of the city. However, Bangui has a high crime rate and walking around the city is not recommended. Small villages inhabited by indigenous tribes can be found in the Lobayeand M’Baiki regions. The magnificent Boali Falls are 90 kilometers north of the city.

Central African Republic

It is a country located in north-central Africa. It has no access to the sea, it channels its foreign trade through the Ubangui River, a tributary of the Congo River and Lake Chad. The country occupies an area of 622,984 km² covered mostly by savanna vegetation, although in the southwestern part there is a region covered by dense jungle.

History

Bangui was founded at the end of the 19th century, specifically in 1889, when the Central African Republic was not yet independent and at that time it was the main meeting place for foreign expedition members, especially French.

The city developed around the military posts established by France in the period between 1889 and 1890. It was the administrative center of the French territory of Ubangui-Chari, and continued as the capital when the country achieved its independence, as the Central African Republic, in 1960. The city was the scene of numerous protests and riots in the late 1970s, during the reign of Jean-Bédel Bokassa (Bokassa I)

Geography

Bangui is located in the southern part of the Central African Republic, in an area characterized by large forest masses resulting from tropical rains. The city is located on a plain, and is located on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formed by the Ubangui River.

Hydrography

The Ubangui River, which empties into Lake Chad, bathes the city. The magnificent Boali Falls are 90 kilometers north of Bangui, which in the rainy season are spectacular.

Location

Bangui is the capital of the Central African Republic and is located in the southwest of the country. The city sits on the right bank of the Ubangui River which serves as the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Climate

Bangui’s climate is equatorial, very humid and with high temperatures. The rainy season ranges from March to October.

Demography

Bangui has about half a million residents. See population of Central African Republic.

Economic development

Bangui has an intense commercial activity thanks to its river port. In addition, it houses industries that work with items such as wood, coffee, cotton, rubber and diamonds. Peanuts, palm derivatives, textile products, leather goods and soap are processed in its factories. However, the country is overwhelmingly agricultural.

Sightseeing

Bangui’s main services are located in the city center. It is not a large city, but it has many picturesque streets to get lost in. The University, founded in 1970, is one of the greatest relics. The most important part of the city of the Place de la Republique, from where the three main roads of Bangui start: Boganda Avenue, Victoria Avenue and Janvier Avenue.

For the more adventurous it is possible to visit the river and take a canoe ride. On the other hand, the markets are also a great attraction in the city, especially the one located on the M. Maiki road, five kilometers from the city center and where, in addition to shopping, you can taste the typical dishes of African food.

Culture

Crafts

Traditional crafts in Bangui offer wooden masks and items, as well as textiles made from brightly colored vegetable fiber.

Gastronomy

The basis of diet in Bangui is meat, although from such unusual sources as crocodiles, monkeys, antelope or porcupines. The cow, the chicken and wild boar are also consumed as well as fish freshwater.

Holidays and traditions

Public holidays in Bangui are New Year, Boganda Remembrance Day (March 29), Labor Day (May 1), National Speaker Day (June 30); Independence Day (August 13), National Day (December 1) and Christmas, as well as Easter. Do not forget that the majority of the population of Bangui is Christian.

Places of interest

More than its large buildings, the charm of Bangui is its streets. However, the University building is interesting, like the Boganda Museum and the Catholic Mission. The Mercado, located in the center, is picturesque.

Boganda Museum

This museum, located inside a colonial house, Calle del Languedoc, exhibits traditional Central African works of art, with collections featuring ceramics, coins, ritual masks and musical instruments. Ebony and ivory statuettes are also on display. A section dedicated to the way of life of the Pygmy ethnic groups completes this museum.

Illustrious people

David Dacko, the first president of the Central African Republic after its independence, was a native of the city.

Bangui, Central African Republic