the capital of the Republic of the Congo. It is separated from Kinshasa, the capital of neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, by the Congo River.






place in Niari Region, Republic of the Congo


a transit hub in the remotest far north of the country, in a territory with many nearby Pygmy villages.


considered one of the best places to visit in the north of Republic of Congo.

Pointe-Noire (Republic of the Congo)

a port city on the coast.

Other destinations

Conkouati Reserve

Ile Mbamou

a government-owned island that is located about one hour from Brazzaville.

Lefini Reserve

the country's best known reserve, bordering Lesio-Louna to the north.

Mount Fouari National Reserve

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park

the largest and most remote of Congo's national parks and reserves, located in the far north bordering the Central African Republic's Dzanga Sangha National Reserve.

Odzala National Park

the country's most famous national park.

Tiger Fish Congo Camp

. You can visit the Tiger Fish Camp to capture the biggest tiger fish in the world - the largest fish ever caught there was 56kg!

Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve

— a park located north of Brazzaville and is dedicated to the protection of gorillas in the Congo.


Okapi Wildlife Reserve

faunal reserve


capital of the Republic of the Congo


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Republic of the Congo

The Republic of the Congo is in Central Africa. The country is also known as Congo-Brazzaville to distinguish it from its giant eastern neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). It is bordered by Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola (the exclave of Cabinda).


Visa requirements

The following countries can enter the Republic of the Congo for 90 days without a visa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Citizens of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, and Togo can also obtain a visa on arrival. Citizens of other countries require a visa in advance, and showing up without one can cause many things you will want to avoid at all costs (fines, passport confiscation, etc.). However transit without a visa is possible, if you take the next connecting plane and don't leave the airport.

By car

It's safe to drive in the Republic of the Congo. A good sealed road goes north from Brazzaville, but only as far north as President Sassou's hometown of Oyo. Beyond Oyo, the roads get very bumpy and are totally impassable in the rain. It is also very hard to get a rental car you drive yourself

By boat

Passenger and VIP ferries operate daily between Brazzaville and Kinshasa roughly every 2 hours between 8AM and 3PM. Prices for the ferries are: US$15 for the passenger and US$30 for the VIP ferry. The VIP ferry is recommended as these are brand new boats and are not as cramped. A valid visa for both countries is required in either direction. The bureaucracy at either end require some time. Entry and exit procedures in Brazzaville are "easy" and straight forward and people are very helpful in assisting to get through without troubles. In contrast, these procedures are a bit difficult in Kinshasa and depend much on whether you are an individual traveller or assisted by an organisation or an official government representative. There are also speed boats to hire, either in a group or alone (price!), however, it is not advisable to book them as they really speed across the river along the rapids.

Barges follow the Congo, then the Oubangui, rivers right up to Bangui.

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