The African continent is seldom a reference for tourists. Exceptions, such as Egypt or some Mediterranean cities, Africa is synonymous with the social migration, poverty, the desert. But I never travel for pleasure. Of course, one glaring error.
To the south of the continent, the Sahara, are even less destinations promoted by the agencies. Perhaps South Africa and safari, but it seems no other for the industry.
However, the beauty of the virgin continent on earth makes an interesting alternative southern Africa to discover nature, history and fascinating culture, with different keys to the West.
This is the case the Brazzaville, the capital of Republic of Congo (also known as Congo Brazzaville), one of the most fascinating southern Africa. The city with over one million inhabitants, is located in the lush rainforest of the Remanso Malebo, along the Congo and in front of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire, inhabited by 7.5 million people).
Brazzaville, a former French colony, has a colonial architecture with features strongly in Europe and is the main industrial, cultural and economic. Impressive buildings such as the Basilique of St Anne, the National Museum of Congo or the mosque of the temple by their contrast with western winds a black Africa’s own. The mansion built for Charles de Gaulle is one of the imposing buildings that can be visited in this capital.
A few kilometers away, travelers can experience the wild nature incarnate forests full of a variety of wildlife, villages and tribes of pygmies who maintain their cultures and traditions for hundreds of years. African elephants, bongo (forest antelope), chimpanzees and mountain gorillas roaming the tropical sites located west of Brazzaville.
To the Congolese capital can fly direct from Madrid or Barcelona. Le Meridien Brazzaville is one of the most luxurious accommodations in the city. Hotels from three to five stars, offering services for tourists. Within the city there are several possibilities to travel. It is advisable to travel by car or train to Pointe-Noire, the second largest city in the Republic of the Congo, where the virgin beaches of the Atlantic Ocean are presented as a paradise.
July, August and September are ideal months to visit Brazzaville. In this period of the austral winter dry prevents flooding and displacement is facilitated if the intention is to reach the shore of the Atlantic. The temperature ranges between 18 and 30 degrees, with a dry air makes the rides more enjoyable. The official language is French, but with a basic English is ok, the passenger can communicate without problems.
The local market offers visitors a variety of souvenirs to remember the trip and the charms of this tropical city. Paint Pot naifs neighborhood-Polo, masks and sculptures are the most typical stalk tourists. Although the musical instruments of the tribes indigenous handicrafts and jewelry Dazzle many.
Foulakari waterfall, and the island Mbamou Ozal National Park, near Brazzaville, require special attention required. If there is still wanting to see more, Pointe-Noire, about 500 kilometers, and Kinshasa, the Congo river, as cities are engaging with their own characteristics.
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