Central African Republic

Central African Republic Overview

Central African Republic is a thinly populated country in the center of Africa. Most of the Central African Republic is a vast, rolling plateau broken by deep river valleys. Grass and scattered trees cover most of the country. Rain forests grow in the southwest, and the extreme northeast section is arid. A vast selection of animals can be found living in the Central African Republic, such as buffalo, elephant, gorillas and lions.

CLIMATE

The country has a fairly comfortable climate. The average temperature is 80 °F (27 °C). The rainy season extends from June through October in most parts of the country. In the southwest, where the rainfall is heaviest, rain may fall throughout the year.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Bangui
POPULATION: 4.4 million
LANGUAGE: French, Sangho
CURRENCY: CFA Franc BEAC
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +236
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all but essential travel to the Central African Republic (CAR). The north and west of the country, especially the areas bordering Cameroon and Chad, is particularly dangerous and should be avoided.

It is no longer safe to travel by any of the road routes between Central African Republic (CAR) and Cameroon even with a military/police escort. Rebel forces are active in the north east of the country, particularly in the Vakaga province and around the town of Birao; and the area remains volatile. The border with Sudan is closed.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk