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Bangui M'Poko International Airport (BGF) is the airport serving Bangui. It is located 7km (4 miles) northwest of Bangui. In 2004, the airport served 53,862 passengers.
 
Bangui M'Poko International Airport (BGF) is the airport serving Bangui. It is located 7km (4 miles) northwest of Bangui. In 2004, the airport served 53,862 passengers.
There are flights to Douala, [[Tripoli]], [[Paris]], [[Brazzaville]], [[Yaounde]], Cotonou and [[N'Djamena]].
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There are flights to Douala, [[Tripoli]], [[Paris]] (once a week), [[Brazzaville]], [[Yaounde]], Cotonou and [[N'Djamena]].
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Visa is required for all European (and probably other) travellers, should be obtained before arrival.
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The arrival procedure is a bit of a hassle, have to queue at least two times to get all the stamps. After the Air France flight arrival the baggage claim area was full of people, making it difficult to pick up the luggage. There's only one way out from the hall, this is the "things to declare" way and officers picking out passengers randomly. Even if there's nothing to declare they asked us for some money or food, but we ignored this and had no problems.
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Guards are checking the luggage tags on the way out.
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Outside the terminal building be careful with the helpers and watch your pockets.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==

Revision as of 20:36, 22 November 2009

Bangui is the capital of the Central African Republic. Bangui lies on the northern banks of the Ubangi River just below a series of rapids that limit major commercial shipping farther upriver, on the southern border. The navigable Ubangi River turns sharply south below Bangui and connects to the Congo River just south of the Equator near Brazzaville as its chief northern tributary. The river marks the border between the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Congolese town of Zongo sits opposite the river from Bangui.

The Central African Republic is situated just north of the Equator and consequently throughout the year daily high temperatures rarely fall below the high 80s Fahrenheit. The rainy season lasts from May until October. Bangui, being in the south of the country and thus closest to the Equator, is slightly hotter and wetter than the northern parts of the country.

Bangui

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Bangui M'Poko International Airport (BGF) is the airport serving Bangui. It is located 7km (4 miles) northwest of Bangui. In 2004, the airport served 53,862 passengers. There are flights to Douala, Tripoli, Paris (once a week), Brazzaville, Yaounde, Cotonou and N'Djamena.

Visa is required for all European (and probably other) travellers, should be obtained before arrival.

The arrival procedure is a bit of a hassle, have to queue at least two times to get all the stamps. After the Air France flight arrival the baggage claim area was full of people, making it difficult to pick up the luggage. There's only one way out from the hall, this is the "things to declare" way and officers picking out passengers randomly. Even if there's nothing to declare they asked us for some money or food, but we ignored this and had no problems.

Guards are checking the luggage tags on the way out.

Outside the terminal building be careful with the helpers and watch your pockets.

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See

The city centre lies near the river and features a large triumphal arch dedicated to Bokassa, the Presidential Palace and the central market. Lying 5 km further north, the heart of the residential area has the largest market and most nightlife. North of the city lie rolling hills.


Buy

Buy beautiful wood carvings, but do not be tempted to buy rare African Grey parrots that are being traded illegaly in the town. You will be arrested if you do.

Eat

The city has a community of French expats, which translates into one of the best ice cream parlours in Africa, a supermarket that sells international (mainly french) delicacies eg foie gras, and a really good Italian restaurant.

Drink

  • Mocaf. One of the local beers. Tend to be the cheapest and very good in quality. Comes in a 65cl big bottle, perfect for beer lovers.


Sleep

  • JM Residences 3, Avenue Nasser, +236 70 16 09 25, [1]. It's been told the best accommodation in town. Clean and air conditioned rooms, hot water was available at all times. WiFi internet available with OK speeds. Electricity was more or less constant. There's a restaurant with fair prices, ~CFA 6000 for a meal and a drink, 5000 for a full breakfast. CFA 65000/night. (4.369916,18.580230)
  • JM Residences 2, Avenue Barthelemy BOGANDA, +236 70 16 09 24, [2]. Basic accommodation with clean and air conditioned rooms. The environment is quiet rural, not so much to do outside the rooms. A very basic restaurant is serving food all day. Electricity went out sometimes. CFA 65000/night.


Telecommunications

Four GSM-900 mobile telecommunications companies, Telecel CAR, Nationlink Telecom RCA, Orange CAR and MOOV CAR operate out of Bangui. State-owned Socatel is the principal telecom in CAR and Bangui, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the communications infrastructure.

Internet cafes in town allow users to access the internet, also using own laptop computers. Download speeds are acceptable and prices reasonable. MOOV provides GPRS/EDGE internet access with USB sticks for reasonable prices in whole Bangui and in major cities of CAR as well.

Stay Safe

The city center is generally safe at the time of writing this entry (Nov 2009). It is not a problem to walk around, locals are not so pushy to sell stuff or beg for money however sometimes it happens. Always carry your passport with you, but not too much money if you're on foot.

Traveling with your own transportation is not a problem, even at night time, there are street lights almost everywhere in the downtown.

Cope

Embassies

  • Us-flag.png United States, [3].

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