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What to see in Congo

Congo Attractions

The Republic of Congo has some really exciting attractions but struggles with infrastructure to support tourism. It's considered mostly safe for foreigners, although petty crime is a problem and roads are in a poor condition and sometimes impassable, making it difficult to reach many of the amazing destinations the country has to offer. As a result, tourists tend to stick to the two largest cities, Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, which both have international airports and are linked by rail.

Both cities have sights of interest for visitors and there are many natural wonders nearby to explore: the beaches of Pointe Noire are particularly popular; Brazzaville is situated on the banks of the massive Congo River; and the dramatic Diosso Gorge is easily accessible.

But it seems a pity not to venture beyond the cities into the Congolese wilderness, as the rainforest and its wildlife are really the Congo's greatest asset. The Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest in the world. The best place to experience the country's famous but relatively unexplored flora and fauna is the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, where visitors can seek out forest elephants and gorillas, which are now so endangered that it is difficult to find them anywhere in the wild.


Brazzaville is located on the mighty Congo River, just opposite the sprawling city of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the only place in the world where…

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Diosso Gorge

Diosso is a town in the Republic of Congo, situated about 15 miles (25km) north of Pointe Noire in the Kouilou Department. The town is conveniently close to Pointe Noire and has…

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Odzala National Park

The Odzala-Kokoua National Park is one of the most amazing protected wilderness areas in the world. Founded in 1935, it remains one of the most important strongholds for forest…

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Pointe Noire

Pointe Noire is the second largest city and the commercial hub of the country. Tourists flock to the port mainly to enjoy the stretch of beaches and the French atmosphere of the…

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