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 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]] .
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.
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.
Two GSM-900 mobile telecommunications companies, Telecel CAR and Nationlink Telecom RCA, 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.