What do you know about the Central African Republic (CAR)? …
Me neither, this small African country is often overlooked but shouldn’t be as it’s home to many national heritage sights. Formerly known as French Equatorial Guinea this small landlocked country is situated in central Africa. Its neighbouring countries are Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo and Cameroon. The capital is called Bangui and local currency used is the Central African franc (CFA).
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So let’s break this country up into PARTS.
Central Africans are usually from the Baya, Banda, Mandiji and Sara ethnic groups. However several other ethnic groups live in CAR also.
The main languages spoken are French as the country was a former colony. 68 other languages are spoken in this country with Sango, Arabic and other native languages also commonly spoken.
Visit the capital Bangui; this city has an interesting French influence on the country. This can be seen through the architecture at the Notre-Dome of Bangui Cathedral.
For animal lovers why not head to one of the many national parks the country has such as the UNESCO Manovo-Gouanda st Floris National park and the Bamingui-Bangoran national park home to so many species some even native to CAR.
For natural wonders fans why not check out Chutes de Boali, a breath-taking waterfalls.
Rituals and Culture
The majority of the population follow Christianity with Islam being the second-largest religion.
Traditional foods in the country include rice, cassava and plantain. Some of the country’s specialities include Bouillie (porridge) and fufu (pounded and doughed cassava typically served with a stew).